4 years in the USA

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4 years ago  as I stepped out of Washington-Dulles airport it was as hot and humid as it is today. Probably even a bit more –  or at least it felt that way: back in 2012 I was used to summers being cold and rainy  crisp and fresh. I had one suitcase, one carry-on, one absolutely shocked cat in a crate, 42 boxes of shipped stuff stuck somewhere between Helsinki and Virginia, many plans, fewer expectations and one huge desire to make this place my new home.

Well, I succeeded. I know that I belong here. It’s a great feeling – you all who made it home away from home must know this. Have I changed much? I don’t think so, but on the other hand I did.

I learned to have a small talk with literally everyone I meet and I no longer freak out when strangers talk to me in the street or in the store.  I got used to huge stores, huge cars, huge houses and huge packages of paper towels. I learned that people can spend a lot of time cruising on the parking lot to get the spot as close to the entrance as possible. I  learned that 450 miles (725km) in one day does not feel like a trip to another universe – rather a trip to New York to catch a show and go back home. Continue reading

June 2016 Or My Summer Bucket List Half Done

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Couple days ago it was end of May and I was going to write a post about my plans for the summer. Next thing I knew it was almost mid-July. It definitely says a lot about how organized of a blogger I am. It also says how fast time flies.

This year I decided to come up with the summer bucket list – not that I am thinking it’s gonna be my last summer, but I wanted to make sure I enjoy it and not let it sink in the routine. When I shared the list with my husband, he said it looked like a fly-lady to do list: clean this, declutter that, dry-clean everything else. I  gave it another try and came up with few things that were actually fun. Now that June is gone and July is almost at the mid-point, I realized that I hit quite a few items on my list: Continue reading