It's hard to imagine getting settled back into my home, with my friends and family nearer. Having my dog back by my side. And Buttercup to take me places. As hard as the relocation has been, it has provided me with incredible opportunities to travel and put some wonderful new people in my life. Arriving in a new life kicks the shit out of you as you have to relearn how to do everything and surrender to the unfamiliar. Separated from friends and family by space and time (in A.D. we are 11 hours ahead and have different weekend days as well) forced me to deal with myself and God more directly. That's not all a bad thing.
Tonight we are having friends and co-workers over for a game night. Melissa is whipping up good smelling things in the kitchen. I am making appointments for pedicures and trying to decide on the timing of my nap and shower :) It's a slow pace here with no garden to tend, no house cleaning or home repairs to do. No blocks of time set aside for a hike or bike ride as during the day it is still too hot to do aerobic adventuring outdoors. I know when I return there will be a part of me that will miss this lifestyle too. Life's my novel and it's time to plan the next chapter.