- The girls, and particularly Miss M, are really missing their friends. I think it's also structure and routine. We are working hard to create new routines, and thankfully we have our nanny with us, so there is that continuity. But I still haven't found the box with art supplies and we haven't made any neighborhood friends, so it's still a bit hard.
- Our house looks like the inside of the kitchen junk drawer. We had the worst movers this time--they were dumping boxes upside down and leaving them. It was a total disaster. I had to ask them to stop unpacking us, and now we have mountains of boxes and piles of junk everywhere.
- It's one thing when you have a place to put stuff. It's another when you are trying to simultaneously paint and unpack boxes and rearrange furniture and decorate. I hate unpacking. Really I do.
- My new job has been insanely busy. I'm new. No one should expect me to work this much. Did I mention I'm new? What happened to easing in slowly??! I have missed dinner pretty much every night since I started a few weeks ago, and sometimes I miss bedtime, too. That sucks.
- In all seriousness, I like my job thus far. It is challenging and interesting and I'm learning a ton. But given how busy it is, the learning curve has also been steeeeep.
- It's really fun to be back in the U.S. But also expensive. I've been living a puritanical existence these last few years, compared to how much money I've spend this month alone. Good lord. I had forgotten that people shopped for sport. And I'm only buying things I actually need!
- Groceries are insanely expensive here. My grocery bill has doubled or tripled over what I was spending. To be fair, all I bought in South America was rice, veggies, meat, and cleaning products. Here, I am buying hummus! And crackers! And ice cream bars! And milk that comes in big jugs! In large part because I can, and it tastes yummy. When you can't buy expensive processed food, you save a lot of money. And calories. I'm going to have to work on this bit.
- Some of the house is coming together nicely. The playroom, the sitting room, the kitchen and breakfast nook are all in good shape, and it's going to be a really great place to live, eventually. You know, when we finish unpacking all of those damn boxes.
Okay, I have to go do something productive. Like sleep. All of the chaos is making me EXHAUSTED. Well that and the intellectual challenge and the small children who need the reassurance of my bed in the middle of the night.