Nevertheless, here are a few updates:
1) We made it through the riots and all seems quite calm these days...
2) I am settling in ok, save for the Sunday blues. If you're from an 80's divorce in America, you probably have experienced the Sunday blues.
Sunday is the day when your court order mandated you return to the primary custodial parent...good times...and because most of my friends have parents who divorced in the 80s, they know exactly what I mean. Sundays have always been notoriously difficult for me and I think it's a little bit of PTSD from my every other weekend visits and switching back and forth because some judge thought that was a good idea. (I could write a book on this...)
Sundays in Austin were bad -- Sundays here are awful. I find myself horribly homesick, uncomfortable and feeling as if I want to end this expat experience immediately. It took me awhile to actually identify that this was a Sunday thing, and that it was amplified by being in a foreign country. Being able to 'name the emotion' (can you tell I've been to therapy before?) has helped me to get through it.
Most of the rest of the time, I'm generally in a good place, feeling more comfortable with my surroundings and adjusting to life over here.
3) I am making friends!!! If I had not had this blog (which I created only because I was moving to London), I would never have found some of the wonderful people I've met here in London and in France. I am trying to make friends with locals, but, I have to say, it is rather difficult. Being used to the incredible friendliness of southerners in the States, I'm struggling with the aloofness of the Brits. Unfailingly polite, but not ready to invite you home and welcome you into their lives, the English are lovely but difficult to befriend without a significant other or a network (such as a job or school) to provide a way of mingling with the locals. So, as it turns out, most of my friends are expats with blogs. My friend Melizza (here's her blog) and I have been toodling around London, drinking tea, visiting museums and having a grand time...more on all of this later in addition to a girls night in Avignon....(so many stories...)
4) The weather is down in the 50s at night. In August. This makes me nervous because right now in Texas, its an average of 105. What am I going to do in the winter - I can barely handle the summer?!?!?
5) I have such an awesome giveaway in September...seriously, I can't handle how good it is. Oh -- you want a hint? Well, it's from someone on 'My Favorite Things' -- have fun guessing!!!