Feeling… Unmotivated, lazy and stuck. I’m in between and not sure which way to go. I’m so happy to be here, and to be with Brian. I’ve been exploring our new town and feel like I know my way around now, I have plans to meet up with friends, I’ve been studying for my TEFL certification, enjoying the beautiful fall scenery, getting some exercise (yoga, and started Couch to 5k again) and generally doing just fine, so I don’t know why I’m feeling so directionless lately. I need a purpose, but I can’t settle on one. I think I need to Google “empty nest syndrome”. Maybe I’m finally getting around to really accepting not having my kids around, and it’s not a fun thing.

Listening to… The washing machine is churning out another tiny load of clothes, a few birds are chirping outside, a few cars are whizzing by three floors below our flat and there is the constant pop of fireworks.

Watching… Arrested Development. I’m still not sure what all the hype is about, because I’m not over the moon about it, but it’s got its funny moments, and I did actually bust out laughing when Henry Winkler jumped the shark.

Also, right this moment there is a carnival ride swinging screaming people round and round through the air right outside my window across the street. Happy Guy Fawkes day!

Reading… Game of Thrones (book 4), and Breathless by Dean Koontz. Also listening to Dark Matter by Philip Kerr on my mp3 player when I can’t sleep.

Eating… Cheese and crackers with grapes and apples. Of course.

Drinking… Water, or chai tea. I’m loving the chai tea.

Wearing… Jeans, sweaters and scarves. On the hunt for a cute, warm hat. It’s getting cold and my ears are about to freeze right off me!

Wanting… To spend time with my babies. My grown up, independent, smart, fun, adult sized babies.

Needing… To find a way to give back. A cause. An avenue for contribution to making the world a better place. I’m working on it, but would love to hear your ideas.

Thinking… About Brazil, and liking the idea of getting settled into a home base for a little while. A place where we can feel at home, but can use as a jumping off point for getting to know a new part of the world. We’ll be living about a ten hour drive from where we were before and I can’t wait to get to know everything about it and get involved in a life there.

Enjoying… Living on the same continent with Brian. He’s been traveling, and will travel again this month, so we still have our separations but it’s nothing like it used to be when we spent two and a half years only having a total of maybe five weeks a year together.

How are you doing?

When we decided to move to Scotland I started scouring the net for other expat bloggers here. One of the good ones I found is Mary from My Life In Scotland (Hi, Mary!). I hope she doesn’t mind that I “borrowed” a post idea from her.

When you’re done reading here, go take a look at her site. She has some beautiful photos and an adorable little boy.

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A Scotsman and his American photographer wife traveling the world and writing about it. Tales, reviews, photos, interviews and crazy goings on. Because you never know what's going to happen.

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2 Responses to Lately…

  1. Mary-My Life in Scotland November 5, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    Love it! I think it is great to see the little details of what you’re up to.

    I totally remember that “empty nest” feeling when I first moved here. I didn’t have kids to leave behind, but I did leave a family and a bunch of friends. That restless feeling.
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    • akil3655
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      November 5, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

      Thanks, Mary. I am a bit restless, and when that’s combined with my laziness it means I’m going a bit stir crazy. I know I’ll be fine, but I have my down days. My girl will be here in less than two months though, so that will help a lot!
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