I had hoped to keep blogging when I moved back to the U.S. It’s obvious that it didn’t work out. I was too absorbed in living my life, instead of being an observer, to keep writing. Many things have happened since. I continued working for my non-profit, my career advanced, I made new friends and found a new community. I have lived life to the fullest in Austin, taking advantage of the weather and live music and generally had a blast! I also got pregnant, had a baby, traveled for work, and continue to take advantage of the amazing city in which I live, with one more person in tow.
And now I am back! Four years after we left Turkey, we have returned for a visit. It has been fascinating to be back in Turkey. It simultaneously feels the same and different. While I missed some things, in others I am reminded why we wanted to move back to to the U.S. While I am here, I hope to have a chance to blog about it. This is one of the things, from my time in Turkey, I have missed.
Oh MY!! This morning was one for the books. So last night I ironed a bunch of clothes. I usually iron in the morning because I am to lazy to iron loads of stuff all at the same time. But last night, I ironed, which saved me this morning.
So this morning I had a meeting with my boss. I had prepared and was ready for the meeting. What I was not prepared for was waking up 10 minutes before the bus came. (In Turkey lots of employers send buses for their employees—I don’t ride with the kids.) Bulent would not have been able to drive me this morning. He needed to get to work himself in a different direction.
I brushed my teeth and hair. Threw on my ironed clothes and dirty socks. The only ones I could find. It was taking too long to dig through the sock drawer. I grabbed some makeup and tossed it in my bag and ran out the door while scrubbing my face with a baby wipe. Adrenaline and panic are not two of the best morning guests.
Now usually I set two alarms. I am neurotic about waking up. I relaxed a little and what happens? Even though I checked the alarm twice last night it didn’t go off. If I hadn’t been responsible and ironed last night I would have been out of luck. In my panic I did forget it is an option to take a taxi. It would have been a bit pricey, but still an option. I have to remember that!