Wow! It took a while but we’ve landed. Since leaving Paris 64 days ago Scotty and I have:
- slept in 12 different beds
- driven ten different cars (one of which we bought, another was a 12 foot moving truck)
- been in ten different airports
- driven over 2000 miles
- passed through or stayed in fourteen states
- and survived one night in a fleabag hotel, half of which was condemned. The fact that it was in north Georgia made it feel very Deliverance.
Needless to day it’s been an adventure. Scotty turned into a doctor, celebrated a birthday, and we marked seven years of marriage. We celebrated my brother’s marriage to the wonderful Becca. Spent time with family and friends, and were continually blown away by their generosity. From Edinburgh to Florida to New York to St. Louis to California, we’ve been so blessed by some of our favorite people. Having these little respites in the midst of great change has been soul-soothing. A million thanks to each of you who made this transition easier.
And now we’re living in South Florida. Who would have thought? After five years in rainy climates I am seriously digging the sunshine. Even though everyone keeps telling me this is the worst possible time to come to this area, I love the fact that I’m no longer bundled in sweaters, scarves, wool socks, and boots. And waking up to sunshine every day – that’s an adjustment that’s been easy to make.
Overall, it’s been a wonderful, crazy, exhausting, refreshing, and exciting summer. We finally landed this past Tuesday and are now working on making our apartment feel more like home. It’s pretty bare right now as we forgot we really don’t own much furniture. If you were to look at us and judge us by our possessions right now you’d think we were book-loving, foodie vagabonds. And I guess you wouldn’t be all that far off.
As we get settled and I have time to upload some of the pictures I took, I will be posting more as well as getting some posts up about the past two months. I haven’t been taking many pictures (all the pictures in this post were snapped on my phone) but am looking forward to capturing the beauty and craziness that is South Florida. This place is a trip!
So if you’re one of the few readers who managed to stick with me over the past weeks of silence, thank you! I’m also going to be taking suggestions for new blog titles. Can’t really call it “Paris at my doorstep” anymore, which is kinda sad. Look ahead for notes on the challenges of repatriation, observations of life in Florida, beach pictures, and more.