February 17, 2012 § 12 Comments
My American purchases I never knew I needed:
FLAT sparkly work shoes.
Unless I need to wear heels (height = confidence and power – my friend T taught be this) I will be wearing these gems to the office.
Where I will be STANDING.
My office chair is rarely in use. My European walking / moving / standing all day self cannot sit 8 hours a day. I am short. My desk is tall. My hands reach the keyboard just fine.
I seriously don’t know how the European world survives without this single most efficient cleaning tool.
$3.99 are you out of your mind?
This impulse Ikea purchase has been invaluable. When moving back I was bound and determined not to collect “stuff.” However, I do need to pack my work lunch and store my leftovers. Thank you Sweden for your 17 piece green plastic-ware set that matches my olive and cherry painting.
Ripped in … seriously?
I am easing back into my running game. I wake extra early to workout before I hit the office and I am working Jillian into the mix.
I fell in love with Jillian through her podcast. We became good friends (along with Janice) on our walks around Madrid. I must say I love the short – straight forward – no thinking – no nonsense workout video. Go ahead Jillian, you have 30 days.
This is not American – and is actually a staple in my Spanish life too. This.exact.chocolate. Some things translate to every country and every continent. The darker the better.
And one thing I DON’T need: New work pants.
Let’s take a look – Avert your eyes from the sparkle and focus on the pencil pants:
Allow me to explain:
Yes, yes I did. Thanks to my mother’s sewing expertise [and patience – because teaching me to sew is definitely test in patience] I made my wide-legged trousers into cropped pencil pants.
- 1. Turn wide pants inside out.
- 2. Lay a pair of pencil pants on top and pin the wide pants where you want the new seam to be.
- 3. Using a sewing machine – sew the new seam.
- 4. Try on the pants to make sure your calves will fit.
- 5. If happy, cut off the excess fabric.
- 6. Pin pants at the bottom for new hem length.
- 7. Sew straight around the bottom.
- 8. Turn pants right-side-out and wear to work the next day with sparkle shoes.
** If you have questions see the above diagram. [Because that will clearly answer all your questions.]
I have to admit I am pretty pleased with myself. Only two weeks back and I am upping my fashion game, sewing my own clothes, and efficiently working towards really clean floors. Oh, and I’m only 18 days away from that ripped bod.
February 10, 2012 § 19 Comments
Back in the U.S. – Back to driving a car every day – Back at the office.
Moving back has been everything I anticipated… and yet nothing I expected.
The fulfillment I get from my work.
Early to bed / early to rise productivity of America.
Business attire. There is a whole side of my wardrobe that hasn’t been worn in 2 years.
Setting up a new home that will house my new family.
The “customer is always right” – “what can I do for you” attitude over here in the west.
When my phone rings with a caller from across the ocean. Our “how was your day” daily recaps makes our ocean length and time-zone difference totally manageable.
Still feeling a bit displaced. Loving living here – yet missing there…
Figuring out that the beautiful new couch is incredibly itchy… after it was delivered. Thank you linen fabric blend. Re-turned. Sofa-less.
The size of the Target shopping cart. Has it always been that large?? Driving a boat I tell you!
Putting gas in that car I drive every day.
The shoes that come along with the business-wear. My feet have loved not being shoved into a 3.5 inch heel. Sorry, so sorry.
Bills-YO! Moving is expensive! When I skipped out of this country and sold [almost] every last worldly possession I wasn’t really thinking about replacing them upon my return. p.s. I did keep my old stemware. And am freakishly excited that I did.
Being back has been wonderful. I feel totally loved by friends and family, excited to have me here. I feel missed and loved by the Spaniard who is counting down until I return. (soon. SO soon.)
I’ve tried to manage all expectations I have sub-consciously had for this transition. I mean, I have never been married before. Never moved back to my country before – and never had that new husband living an ocean-span away.
With love and grace it is all going extremely well. One day at a time I am getting settled and back into the swing of life on this side. Until I shake it up again… and board the next plane. All I need is a non-itchy couch.
Back. It’s good to be back.