With the big changes happening in our lives at the moment, we thought it was time for another “if we were having coffee” post, where we take a moment to sit down and tell you what’s been going on and how we’re feeling. Bex and I won’t be having coffee IRL together for a while so a virtual chat is going to have to do!
So, if we were having coffee, here’s what we’d tell you:
- I’ve been in San Francisco for 2 weeks now and it’s beginning to feel like home. I’ve been exploring the city top to bottom and so far, absolutely love it. It’s a small city, so it’s easy to explore and it never seems like a chore to head to the other side of town.
- We’ve found an apartment to rent and it’s exactly what we were hoping for (and more!) I can’t wait to move in so we can settle into normal life, and more importantly, have visitors to stay! First up is Bex who arrives on August 18th; I am literally SO excited. Whenever I discover something new that I know she’ll love, I make a mental note of it and add it to our itinerary that’s getting fuller by the day! I really want her to have the best time (mainly so she books her return trip immediately!)
- I’m managing OK with the homesickness, mainly by making a lot of plans and keeping busy. It’s been hard this week as my husband was away with work, so I was little lonely, but thanks to magic of technology I’ve been able to FaceTime home a lot which helps with the homesickness pangs!
- I’ve been keeping myself busy with running, hiking, ambling around the city, going to a few fitness classes and of course, my blogging everyday challenge! I’ve made a friend (Hi Jaira!) who’s great to hang out with and is in exactly the same position as me, so we can share all of our concerns about being lonely and unemployed!
- I’m finding the prospect of not working for the foreseeable future a little hard, especially as I don’t know what job I’m going to be doing. I’ve come up with a few ideas which I’m researching so hopefully I’ll find something but the stigma of being unemployed and a stay at home wife is a hard one to swallow. I’m reminding myself that this is part of the process and it’s not actually my fault! Fortunately it’s a common situation in the city as lots of international people are moving here for tech jobs. If they come with a spouse, then they have to go through the same process as me, so at least I’m not an anomaly.
- San Franciscans are so friendly and welcoming that it makes integrating into the city so much easier. Almost wherever I go I’ll find someone to talk to, and people go out of their way to help you, especially if they know you’re new to the city. So thanks, everyone!
- We’re off camping this weekend in Northern California, and have ordered a whole load of camping stuff which is due to arrive tomorrow. We’re planning on camping a lot during our time here, so I really hope this trip goes well… I need to plan some easy camping meals which we can cook on our little stove; any ideas would be much appreciated.
- I’ve just broken up for the school summer holidays and am so excited about the next 7 weeks. I wasn’t meant to be going away at all as I have to write my Masters’ dissertation, but then one thing led to another and now I’m away for pretty much the whole summer. Tomorrow I’m off to the Lake District for a week with some of our family; we go every year and I love it. Weather dependent, we’ll be going on long mountain walks, a fews runs and hopefully doing some open water swimming in Coniston Water. Then I’m back to be a bridesmaid at one of my best friend’s weddings, promptly followed by a 5 day trip to Ibiza (the quiet bit, obvs) and then back to the UK for my boyfriend’s sister’s wedding. All very hectic, but I can’t wait! And then of course, is the big trip to San Francisco… I suppose someone’s got to keep Jess company!
- I’m getting quite worried about my looming triathlons as the last month has pretty much been wiped out by shingles and post-shingles tiredness. Although I’ve been exercising for the last couple of weeks, I’ve got out of my routine and now anxious about how much fitness I’ve lost. Luckily, I have plenty of time to get back into it and hopefully as the first triathlon is just a sprint distance, I should fine.
- I miss Jess. It is hard having her away, but not as hard as I expected as we FaceTime every day and still message constantly. Knowing I’m going to visit her soon makes it much easier, too. I suppose I’m a bit jealous of her new and exciting San Fran life and worried that she won’t want to come home, but seeing as she’s promised us that she will, I’m not too worried! (no pressure, Jess.)
- I’m really looking forward to having a bit of a re-boot this summer. Over the last few months I’ve felt increasingly stressed, and haven’t enjoyed my job as much as I usually do. I’m hoping with a bit of time off that I’ll get my mojo back.
- I officially can’t take my drink anymore. We had our end of term party on Thursday night, and I literally could not function the next day – and I was home by 10.30pm! Feeling slightly pathetic and old, haha!
So that’s us done! What would you tell us if we were having coffee?