Like most people, we have to buy groceries each week, but I thought it might be interesting if this week we shared our meal plan for the week, everything we bought, and how much it cost. I can be a pretty nosy Ned, so I find these types of posts on other peoples' blogs particularly interesting, and perhaps someone else will be the same.
It's hard to believe that come mid-September, it will have been two years since we first moved abroad. During that time we've been primarily in Spain, but we've also spent a good chunk of time in Scotland, and we'll be wrapping up our summer in Turkey in the next few weeks. I'm still learning about living abroad (make that living in general), that's for certain, but I like to think that I have picked up a few tips for making the most of time spent outside of one's country of origin. It's not always easy to live in a foreign country, but for a lot of reasons, I think it's a really worthwhile endeavor, full of experiences and lessons that are hard to replicate in any other way.
It is, at once, hard to believe and completely unsurprising that I'm writing this post. We've been living in Spain for exactly a year! (Well, okay, and a week or so. The official date was this last Sunday...) I read the posts I wrote after we'd been here for two months (here), four months (here), my wild, all-over-the-place thoughts about returning to Spain last summer (here), and after eight months in Spain (here) and while I read each one I had different thoughts. Mostly, though, I thought, "Well, it's no wonder we're still here!"
If I had to predict right now how well-written this post is going to be on a scale of 1 to 10, I'd probably give it a 3 or, generously, a 4 (but I'm guessing you don't come here for top-notch writing anyways, so nothing new on that front). It's probably going to be rather scattered and disorganized and maybe even confusing and you might think at some point, "Does she even know what she thinks about this topic?" (Answer: No. Kind of. Not really. Depends on the day.) If this post is wild, that's because my thoughts are wild. And scattered and confusing. Enough already.
I've had this post on my mind for months now, ever since I couldn't decide whether or not to engage with people when I knew we only had a few weeks left in Madrid. It came up again with a couple who knew that we were leaving in a few days, and yet had us over for a gorgeous meal, knowing full well that they may never see us again. And then two girls came to our community group right before we left and I thought, "What's the point in talking to them? We're about done with this."
Making: my very last lesson plans...this is our last week of teaching as Semana Santa (Holy Week) is about to begin and most of our will students take off for their villages for an extended Easter break.
Cooking: these pulled sweet potato BBQ sandwiches and they're our favorite right now. Usually we switch things up every two weeks or so, but right now we can't quit these.
Making: plans for the summer. How can it be?! I've started penciling in a few things here and there but it just feels crazy to be looking at July and August right now.
Cooking: tonight? Nothing! Danny has an interview over dinner so I think I'm scavenging - toast, crackers, cereal - whatever's easy and around the house.