We’re back!

We’re back in Turkey! Well, we’ve honestly been back a week now but it took that long to get Evan over the time zone difference (10 hours), and start to feel settled again. Our house arrived while we were gone, so there’s been a lot of unpacking going on. Hello stuff, how’ve you been for the past 5 months?

Evan and I were in California with my family. I had to complete the internship hours for this semester of my RD program. It went well but was so busy! I was working 6 days/week plus my online classes to get done and come home. It took 7 weeks but the next two semesters will be shorter. Then one long one and I’m done!

It’s good to be back, but I can’t believe it’s only for about 5-6 weeks, then I have to go to Germany for the remainder of my pregnancy (I will be 36 weeks). The military does now allow deliveries in Turkey. So, I vowed to chill out on Christmas this year. We’re buying gifts online and sending them directly to recipients with gift wrapping. We’re having our Christmas cards addressed and mailed by the company that makes them. Not my usual style, but I’m determined not to get all stressed out this year!

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Living in a Foreign Country – Phase II

 

I call Phase I survival.  You’re just getting by with what you have and figuring out what just happened.  And what to do now.  We’ve moved into phase II now – thriving?  accumulating?  I basically gave up on waiting for any of our household goods.  Washing the same 2 dishes and 2 forks for 5 weeks was about to drive me insane.  Also, I’ve finally figured out where to shop – you can get almost anything for an insanely cheap price here!  On base there is a thrift shop and a virtual “yard sale” page.  There are markets of base, and we found the mall in Adana:
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It’s right next to the Adana mosque.  How beautiful is that?!?  Sorry for the poor image quality.  I was trying to drive/survive in a Turkish traffic circle.  Side note: I’ve yet to see another woman driving in Turkey.  I’m sure some do but it’s obviously very rare.  One of the ambulance drivers told me that by law women have to drive with their hazards on.  I’m hoping he’s wrong or kidding!
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ANYWAY, Some of my purchases this week include this set of stoneware for $5:
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This set of silverware for $1
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Plus towels, bath mats, toys, books, oven mitts, pillow cases, and cooking utensils for literally pennies.  Why did I wait?!  Actually, I just didn’t really know where/how/when to go until now.  I’m feeling so much happier here now!  I don’t think it’s just the difficulty of living out of the suitcase that was getting to me, but the feeling of HOME vs. HOTEL.  

I’m not the only one feeling good here.  Actually Lucy has been loving it since day one.  Her big hobby is laying in the sun and getting so sleepy she can’t keep her eyes open:

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