Thinking about: Flying HOME! And everything that comes with that. First off, after riding on a busy train with Gabriel bouncing between mine and Chris' lap last weekend we're pretty anxious to see how this whole '30lb lap passenger' is going to work for a 9 hour flight! I am beyond grateful that Chris WILL be flying home with me because just 10minutes on the train with G on my lap caused my varicose leg to go numb, yikes!
In addition to the flight I'm thinking about getting Gabriel's big boy room together so the nursery will be available for the soon-to-arrive baby no.2! The room that will be his has yet to be painted so we're putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls and organizing the closet into a Montessori fashion which means that everything will be at his height so he is able to retrieve and put away all his clothing. Not planning on any themes like I did with the nursery (see our travel theme nursery here), just a room fit for a toddler.
Listening to: I've tried to get into music- to be passionate and loyal to bands and genres but honestly I really don't have too much of a preference. Nothing impressive here- just listening to different stations on pandora depending on my mood.
Watching: Catching up on Hulu shows that I haven't been able to watch the last month or so. A month+ ago Hulu blocked all invisible VPNs which is what I use to watch American TV while in Japan. Last week I learned that the VPN service I use added a new location that gets through the Hulu wall. I am not someone who can just sit and watch TV or movies, drives my husband bonkers! So when I'm blogging during nap or bedtime I usually have some sort of show or music playing in the background. Right now in my Queue I have Hart of Dixie, Shark Tank, The Voice, Mindy Project, New Girl, Castle, Once Upon a Time, Nashville, Revenge, and Dancing with the Stars. I'm about 4 weeks behind on most of those shows...
That's our apartment building in the background. Our bedroom window is that third widow from the bottom of the square single windows going up and down on the side facing me while I take the photo. We're on the 10th floor.
Thankful for: Being able to split my life between two wonderful parts of the world! It really is a unique and wonderful life we live spending part of our time in the absolutely glorious PNW and in the respectable and fascinating country of Japan. Though we are really excited to get back to our Washington home, the idea of leaving is starting to set in as bittersweet because we really do enjoy our life here too.
Just some of the things we're going to miss...
.... not knowing everyone's business- the beauty of the language barrier is not being bombarded with everyone else's 'issues' when out and about.
... the public transportation system! Being able to just sit and read rather than driving. "Having" to walk several miles a day is also going to be missed- it just promotes such a healthy lifestyle!
... fabulous ethnic food! All ethnic food is better here it seems.