Life lately has been wonderful 🙂
Even after 9 months (where does the time go???) the beauty of England isn’t lost on me.
I spend many quiet moments by our bedroom window in the dark watching a peacockish sun wax and wane it’s wings in the sky. Sometimes I see it peek over the flat green pastures, setting the unending creek ablaze in luminous oranges and pinks, from the top of a double decker. Flashy pheasants peck away in the black soil of abandoned corn fields near winding country roads. Sometimes I count them on my way to work. The other day I counted seven.
I’m not saying I always see things through rose-coloured glasses (just last week I had to wait in the cold at the bus stop for 2 hours because a bus broke down making me hopelessly late for work). I find England can be a very stressful place and the most irritating thing is that it doesn’t have to be. But I do so enjoy the little things.
Nature, good food, being with my other half.
And I often still think, is this really my life? Am I really here?
We had a very relaxing, lazy weekend together playing video games, picking out more paint for the home, watching movies and shows (Hello Big Bang Theory now on Netflix!), snuggling and hanging out with one of Josh’s good friends. I miss him like crazy through the week, but the weekends come quickly now that I’m so busy. Unfortunately the weekends pass just as quickly!
Today was a bit of a stressful day at work, but alas, I unexpectedly found a pair of flared yoga pants… err trousers… as I was waiting for the bus tonight! Get in! I have been looking for a pair of plain, black, stretchy flared leg pants for the past 9 months. All that they sell in the UK is skinny fit, skinny fit orrrrrr if you like something different -TOO BAD!-skinny fit!
I have been wearing the most worn-out, stained, stretched-out, holey pair of well-travelled Walmart yoga trousers (that my man is not particularly fond of) since I arrived because I refuse to go skinny (unless we’re talking dipping). Having given up on ever finding a pair here I was on the cusp of begging dad to buy a pair at Walmart and ship them when *cue music* there they were! In a store I stopped in mainly to warm up for a few minutes.
Usually my UK shopping trips end in frustration but tonight I found one thing after another that I’ve been meaning to get, and these were the cherry on top.
This must seem insanely trivial, but to me I struck gold today. It really is the little things sometimes :). I also saw a purple flower that my grandpa always used to have in his garden back home, bought it, and planted it tonight. There’s something about digging in the dirt with a spade that feeds your soul.
Is there an item that you’ve ever been really happy to find while abroad?
British words of the day:
Doing my head in: really annoying me
No skin off their nose: It shouldn’t make any difference to them
In a pickle: In a predicament
In a muddle: confused
Buckshee: playing hooky, free of charge , easy ie; “Sounds like it could be quite a buckshee week at work!”
Truancy: the action of playing hooky