December 30, 2011 § 15 Comments
Christmas, oh Christmas… here one day, and gone the next. I have been soaking in every moment of being home… and documenting none of it.
Here are the leftovers:
Candy canes that my mom will try to pawn off on the guests that are attending her New Years Eve bash.
The quarter burnt pine candle that as far as I am concerned can stay out all year long.
And the “best pumpkin pie I have ever eaten!!” Words of my father – I completely agree.
I followed this recipe exactly. Amazing!
My Christmas break at home has been absolutely wonderful. I’ve been surrounded by family and friends from the moment I touched down. There is always so much to do and so many people to see when I am stateside. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
There has also been some purchasing and planning in the future department. Just when life gets normal it changes again. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
December 20, 2011 § 23 Comments
December 14, 2011 – MAD -> MCO
Him: I’m going to miss you.
Her: No, I’m going to miss you!
Him: Well, I’m going to miss you more.
Her: No, I’m going to miss you more!!
Him: Nooo, I’m going to miss YOU more!!!
* All said in that mushy gushy love voice*
The above conversation has never happened between the Spaniard and I. If I started talking to the Mr. in that mushy love voice I have no doubt he would look at me like I was crazy.
[I wonder if couples in the Spanish culture have their own way of playing this little lovers game?]
As I sit on the plane I can’t help but think… I WILL miss him more. More than my last trip home.
When people ask, “How does it feel being married?” My response is “it feels exacts the same – and that is exactly how I like it.”
Life is good.
But I think there is something about being married. I think I will miss him more. Alas, back and forth, here and there, this is our life for now. And like I said, life is good.
Even through the missing anticipation I am beyond excited. Excited for Christmas shopping, cooking and baking. I missed Christmas in the U.S. last year and I am looking forward to every hectic minute. Tis the season for absolute mayhem. I can’t wait.
Update: 5 days in and I have never loved Christmas more. My family has made this trip so special and we aren’t even to the big day yet. I couldn’t be more grateful.
December 5, 2011 § 24 Comments
I feel like I have nothing to say – but I want to write so I remember this time – my last December living in Madrid.
I’m spending a lot if time with myself… and the city.
The weather has been beautiful [I know I’m jinxing it] cold, but not too cold, and sunny. [I can hear the clouds rolling in.]
I’m cherishing the time I get to spend with the Spaniard. He is working so hard to prepare to move to the states. I could not be more grateful, but I miss him.
And the truth be told, I miss America and my identity there. [I have many reflective thoughts on this that I’m sure I’ll share one day.]
I am so excited to go home for Christmas! My mother has been sending progress pictures of our tree at home.
Is the fraser fir not the best scent ever!?
I can’t wait!
In other exciting news: Guess what has been removed.
The lovely crane/drill/massive noise making device that has haunted me for over a year.
That’s right. Bye bye. Merry Christmas to me!
Let’s call it a week [because you know I have a weird way of counting] until I fly west. I’m choosing to believe that the holidays don’t start until I get home. But I do appreciate Madrid’s lights. The city is truly beautiful at Christmas time.
Want to share one nonsense thing going on with you lately?
Finish this sentence: The holidays don’t start until ________.