It’s been a few months since I’ve really written anything, outside of a few titbits on my Twitter and Facebook page. I’ve just been so consumed that, well…writing slipped further down the list.
This summer has brought with it tons of excitement. A couple we met on our cruise to Austria last year, popped over to see how my first year in Austria was really going (love you Billy and Matty!). Ironically, they popped over two days after we moved into our new apartment (YES!!! I have a bathtub now!) – nothing was ready; in fact, (true story) they gallantly helped us put together their room and accompanied me houseware shopping trips. Not exactly how I’d intended to welcome them to my home, but… Despite the unsettled state of things, they had a fantastic, restful two weeks. However, things did not settle down for me, I took my test for my final government-required language course (B1) and dually, needed to renew my residence card. As is normal with bureacrazzy, that required way more activity than it really needed. Just as you’d think I’d catch a break, hubby started his vacation which means only one thing in this family – travel! Given the expense of kitting out an apartment in Austria (totally different than anywhere else I’ve ever lived) and that we’d failed to book anything :), we opted for a stay-cation. We visited a number of idyllic cities in Austria, which in retrospect, seem to center around the vacation spots of the Imperial family. Believe me, when you visit Austria, venture outside Vienna – they’re so worth it!
So I’ve accumulated quite a bit of photos and will fill you in on all the happenings to this lil island girl. Somehow, throughout all the hubbub, the one thing I was sure would never happen, happened – I actually, sometimes, find myself feeling….at home! Not all the time, but moments of complete peace, contentment, and even joy sneak up on me. I’ve been thinking about the reason for this phenomenon but haven’t really put my finger on it yet. We’ll chat about that later.
Until then, wishing you and yours a wonderful Humanitarian Day, be kind to one another and don’t forget: Bloom where you’re planted!