Friday, March 21, 2014

catching up on the things that I missed

{Representing The LPV in The TX}
Back in August, I wrote a post about some of the things I missed in the U.S. Truth be told, it was written about two weeks after we had made the decision to leave France. At the time my mind was swirling with thoughts and feelings, mostly nervous ones, and making a list of all the things that I would get to do once I set foot back on American soil felt like a pretty good way to chill out.

Well I've been 'home' for a little over two weeks now, and out of the eleven things on the list, I've already gotten to experience ten of them (as soon as I get back up New York, I'm checking 'deli' off my list right quick). Life hasn't been too shabby so far (except of course that I miss Gregory and Fifty something fierce) and to celebrate that lack of shabbiness, I thought I'd share a list of all the things that are making me happy. It seems like a nice thing to do on a Friday.

// T E L E V I S I O N !  Oh me oh my! So many channels, so many options, I will never run out of things to watch. There's one channel that shows like five back to back episodes of the Big Bang Theory every night. That's a lot of Sheldon Cooper! Luckily for me, I happen to like Sheldon Cooper. (It's actually more like a bizarre crush than a 'like'... shhh!)

// I have a closet! When I first moved to France I didn't have a closet. The second house we lived in had a small one, and my last house, none at all, not one in the whole house! It was a challenge to say the least. Now, not only do I have a big ol' closet but a bathroom with loads of cabinets and drawers. It's magnificent! Listen to me Americans... do not take anything for granted, not even closets.

// I've been clipping coupons like a woman possessed! I missed those things so much, they're like free money! I'm nowhere near 'couponer' status, but I'm still enjoying clipping and filing away my little money saving wonders. Attn: France... they're called coupons, look into it!

// I love French food, and I loved going out to eat in France, but I didn't love the strict dining hours. Of course I got used to it, but I'm really enjoying that I can go out for breakfast/ lunch/ dinner pretty much anytime that I want.

// Since I mentioned food... B R E A K F A S T !  And when I say, breakfast, I'm talking eggs and bacon people. Whether on a tortilla or just on the plate, I'm delighted to be able to have breakfast options beyond croissants and pains au chocolate. (But I do have to say that I saw some "croissants" yesterday in the grocery store and they made me want to cry because they were [insert air quotes] croissants, as in, they were barely recognizable to me #boohoo.)

// Shopping at Marshalls and TJ Maxx... ooh child! Gregory needs to hurry up and get here because because I need to be stopped! I can't help myself... the bargains, oh the fabulous bargains!

// I would be remiss if I didn't mention customer service. Maybe it's just because I'm in small town but it's freaking fantastic here. Last week my mother and I brought her in car to one of those express places for an oil change and inspection. There were a couple of other things that needed tweeking and it was going to take a few hours. One of the mechanics drove us home, and then came and picked us up when the car was ready but not before he washed it first. I told this story to Gregory and he almost passed out.

// Getting to spend time with old friends is a marvelous thing. Of course I haven't gotten to see everyone yet, but my first Friday here, I hung out with my bestie from high school and we hadn't seen each other for twelve years (while I was in Europe, she was in Vancouver... my crew likes to get around). But as it is with old friends, we might as well have been eighteen again the way we were chatting up a storm. Man I missed that.

// And one last thing that doesn't necessarily have anything to do with being back in the U.S. (well sorta because it's the catalyst behind it), but my new blog is under construction and is coming soon #holdontoyourhatskids

So tell me friends, what's making you happy on this Friday?


Bisous!

27 comments:

  1. i miss having a dresser/closet too. i'm a nomad, and i move around pretty often i decide not to have things that are heavy and hard to manage when i need to move. reunite with your besties is the best! isn't it?

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  2. Yoga. I had a fantastic yoga class this morning :) xx

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  3. Happy Friday! Looking forward to seeing the new blog!

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  4. I miss good customer service! I can't wait to visit Target again. Have a great weekend!

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  5. Yes to eating whenever you want!
    Yes to Marshalls and T.J. Maxx!
    Yes to old friends!

    Clearly I can relate to your enthusiasm.

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  7. Our mechanic did something similar. I needed my car jump started, so I picked him up in another car so he could come to our house to jump it, then he drove it back to the shop to fix it, then dropped it off at my work. Ahem France, THAT'S how customer service works lol!
    And yes to eating whenever. I like to make brunch on Saturdays, and we always end up being hungry for lunch at like 3 in the afternoon.. which in France translates to just wait til dinner.
    New blog?! Exciting! I hope we will hear a little on what Gregory (and Fifty) think of living in America :) Bis!

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  8. That shirt is rockin'! And breakfast, mmmmm breakfast!

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  9. You sound wonderful! I am really looking forward to seeing what you do with your blog...although this one will be hard to beat!

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  10. Oh, lovely America. I am loving me some closets!!

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  11. What's doing it for me is walking in the autumn sunshine and a facial at the local spa. Enjoy your sojourn Sara.

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  12. Glad it's all living up to expectations so far :o)

    I have a mechanic here, that's so desperate to save me money that with my old car he insisted on things like that I go off to eBay and find things cheaply there rather than have him buy it from the supplier. I kept trying to tell him that a few quid is not going to kill me, and please would he just do it, but no, he wanted me to keep as much money in my bank account as possible. lol

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  13. I love this list. Ideally you would have the best of both worlds! That is how I feel about Italy and the uk.

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  14. God I'm going to miss Marshall's. So. Much.

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  15. So glad you're having such a good time! :) There's just nothing like coming back home. Now I'm curious about the new blog and to hear more about your moving adventures! Have a wonderful weekend :)

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  16. YOU are making me happy! Always happy to read what you write - you got style, girl!!

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  17. Oh I love Sheldon Cooper as well. A lot.
    Can't believe that mechanic drove you home and picked you up again. How sweet. That would definitely never happen in Germany!
    Can't wait for the new blog, how exciting!

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  18. Yeyah for all those things, especiallllly breakfast! Dan and I caught wind of a new taco bell breakfast rolling out soon complete with waffle breakfast tacos?! Holy monkeys.

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  19. I'm a bit sad to have come across your blog when you're moving out of France, but I'll be sure to follow your new one and be jealous of your closets, coupons, anytime dining hours and all of those things that I miss so in the States! I also miss air-conditioning in the summer and a previous commenter hit it right on the head: Marshalls and TJMaxx are reasons enough!! Also, that shirt is great!!

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  20. Oh yes, so many of the things I miss too. Whenever I'm back in the US the first thing that overwhelms me is the customer service. I guess I've gotten used to such crappy service I'm in instant shock the minute anyone says thank you to me.

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  21. Sounds like you're embracing the transition darn well! I remember moving back from England and having trouble realizing how big the cars and highways are here. Loved all the things on your list, but am not surprised to see TV at the top - I am so hooked on Netflix and Apple TV to watch all my series whenever I want (the latest is True Detective set in y'alls Texas!) - I would really miss that overseas.

    When are Gregory and Fifty heading over?

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  22. it's so crazy the things you take for granted, such as closets and the ability to go eat at whatever hours you want. glad you're checking a lot of things off of your list!

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  23. eeeee cannot wait to see the new blog! and i love that mechanic story!

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  24. Oooh nice!!! I'm jealous of your closet space and cabinets in the bathroom! I have to walk nekkid {because I always forget to grab them before} into the hallway to get my bathroom things before I shower b/c there's no where else to keep them!

    So excited to see your new blog!!!

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  25. Just delighted for you. Except for tge tv part, all those things are on my list, too. I haven't had a closet in 13 years. Guess I'm just used to it now. I so admire that you've already started work on the new blog. Cannot wait for Gergory's and Fifty's impressions of their new home!

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  26. Welcome back to the US! It's so crazy to think about the differences and the things we take for granted. I really, really want to live overseas and have adventures for a while, and then come home missing and appreciating all the fabulous US things. Are you all adjusted to being home?

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  27. Yes, there are many awesome things about the USA. I love our big washing machines and dryers! I'm not sure I could live without a closet! We can adjust to anything if we have to ~ but only if we have to!

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