I've been hinting that I still have thoughts floating around in my head about Korea, but I haven't had the mental energy to sit and actually put those thoughts to words. It has sort of been a right of passage for bloggers who leave Korea to type a list of top 5 or 10 things you will miss and NOT miss about being in Korea. I think I'll just make a list of random thoughts. Some good about Korea and some that make me thankful to be in the good ol' US of A.
1. Many people said the one thing they do NOT miss about Korea is the driving. I gotta admit, I kinda liked it. I liked being able to go through red lights on some random back road when I didn't want to wait. Let's face it, the traffic isn't any worse there than in DC...I'm just sayin'...
2. I don't miss the speed bumps every 30 feet on back roads.
3. After about a week of being home, I realized I still take my shoes off as soon as I walk in the door at someone's house....it just seems right now.
4. I love walking outside and finding GRASS. I love the smell. I love the feel of it on my feet. I love to watch Adeline run and play.
5. I miss my huge, long, deep, and wide kitchen sink.
6. I don't miss the open drains....pee u!!!
7. The smells in general are just a lot better here....trust me, 'nough said
8. I really liked my daily life in Korea. It was so easy to find community, and we met some wonderful people there. I miss my friends....but then again, a lot of you already moved...and we always have the bloggy world. :o)
9. I am so happy to be reunited with my friends HERE. I guess I'm just happy anywhere where there are people who I love and who love me.....
10. I miss my book clubs. Here is a picture of one of them (small attendance that day). I read a lot of great stuff...and some not so great. Still, there were good discussions and my reading horizons were stretched to read things I wouldn't have picked up on my own. Yes, Gretchen, I know you want this picture....
11. I will miss Patrick's work schedule. We had more family time than we ever had and probably ever will have again. I know not many wives there can say that, but shift work was great for us.
12. I miss Patrick.
13. The purses...yeah, they were fun....
15. Korenglish...always good for a laugh.
16. Having signs in English that make sense...priceless.
17. Watching Adeline with her grandparents brings me so much joy....and I know they are thrilled beyond words to have us here.
Our house was packed up Monday morning. Patrick is living in a hotel on base for three nights. He will soon be in my arms again (Thursday at 3:20 pm to be exact). We still need to sell our car...pray. Patrick may need to give POA to someone else there if we don't sell it in the next few days.