It has been more than a year since I have blogged. I have started different posts many times, but never finished. The last year has been exciting, fun, challenging and full of new adventures, as always.
Last year in August I started my job as a Computer Science teacher at a charter school in Austin. While the work was incredibly fulfilling, it was also very demanding. Not only did I have to master a new discipline (CS) but my work hours were 7am to 5 pm. Add an hour or more on either end of the day for the commute and it made settling in a new city difficult. Though we moved to Austin for its vibrant nightlife and music scene, I really couldn’t be a part of it. Rising every day at 5, getting home after 6 and spending most of my weekends grading and lesson planning did not leave much time for new Austin adventures. However, we did have some! We bought a house last September and celebrated our “Houseiversary” recently.
We also got adopted a puppy from the shelter in January. Butterfinger is more or less resigned to the situation at this point. He tries to engage her in play, but she is not really interested. In her defense, at 15, she is not as energetic as she used to be.
This summer marked our first year in Austin, and the start of our new life here, the life we wanted originally. I started work for an exciting non-profit. One that is part of the education realm, bringing educational access to students in underserved communities. It is fulfilling in the same way teaching was, but with a work/life balance. Since I have started my new job Bülent and I have been incredibly happy. We are able to do all the things we looked forward to in Austin, while we were in Ankara. We go to live music regularly, during the week and on the weekends! We go hiking and biking, swimming and exploring.
Now that we have our “new normal” I am looking forward to many more adventures.
I am waking up everyday so excited for our new adventure. It is getting more and more real! I packed up most of the shipment that will be staying in Turkey (at the summer house) as well as the stuff that will be shipped to the US. We are going to be staying with some friends in Dallas for a while which will give us time to get phones, buy a car, maybe even get Texas drivers licenses. I have to get fingerprinted for my new school as well. We will get all the bureaucratic things done in Dallas, and then we will go on vacation in Austin with our friends. They were the friends we toured Texas with in 2012, and they came to visit us in Turkey last year. I apparently have been very lax on the blogging as I did not blog about the epic international fun. Anyway, we are incredibly excited to be moving close to our friends, Shawn was Bulent’s landlord when he was a grad student in Texas in the early 2000s. Their bromance has lasted and deepened over the years. I met Shawn’s wife Larinda in 2012, two years after she made and sent (to Turkey) the most beautiful shadow box with our wedding invitation and wedding photo. I was so glad we hit it off, and so excited that we will be closer in distance! Whee! 27 days and counting to the move!
Oh my! We have been paring down our belongings. What we are going to ship is already packed! And minimal! We have sold many of the things we will not be taking with us, the rest we will give to friends and family, or donate. My balcony is looking bare, since the flowers have been sold or given away, but I did keep keep the mesclun and chard plants. While Incek is far out of town, it is beautiful in the spring. We have been taking walks and enjoying our bucolic life while it lasts.
We have bought our plane tickets, which was more complicated than it sounds, as we bought our tickets so we could be together, but I am going to be reimbursed by my work for my ticket. It included several trips to HR, many calls to the purchasing office, and formal written requests. We have also started training Butterfinger to not completely loathe the carry bag she will be squished into and then in which she will be shoved under a seat. Poor baby. We have already given her her summer haircut so that she can recover from the embarrassment before she is completely demoralized from the bag.
Our next step is to get ourselves ready for the trip. We are going to get complete health and dental check ups before we leave. We have really comprehensive health insurance here, and procedures are pretty inexpensive. Wheeeeeee! I am so excited!