We will be home July 9th. That is so soon! I am so excited. I have been compiling a list of mainland things I’m looking forward to for quite some time now, and figured I would share it.
-Family & Friends. Yes, I love my island family, but I am so excited to see everybody back home! So many wonderful people to see… I can’t wait to sit on my Mom’s couch and chat with her again. Hang out at their office and go get coffee with Dad. Farmer’s Market with Nan. Gym, salads, and awesome talks with Amanda. My sister can legally drive with me in the car now- crazy!
-Horses. I cannot wait to get on a horse and go for a good gallop in a field. Smell the wonderful smells of the horse stable. Brush them, feed them, love them. Watch them run and play in their paddocks. Talk to horse people. Horses every day!!!!!!!!!
-Spontaneous gatherings at my family’s house. You know, those nights when everybody just shows up for an unplanned pool-side BBQ.
-Being able to go places. You can drive anywhere! Boston, Vermont, Portland. Lakes, ocean, mountains, cities, towns. So many possibilities.
-Food. Strawberries, blueberries, yogurt, dark chocolate, dried figs, orange sweet potatoes, and all that weird hippie food I like. American grocery stores in general suddenly seem so exciting to me.
-Drinks. Starbucks, Kombucha, and wine. Drinking water out of the sink.
-Getting mail out of the mailbox. Pumping my own gas. Not getting carded for using a Debit Card at the grocery store. You know, weird little things.
-GPS. Just the idea that you can watch your car on a map as you drive is totally crazy to me now.
-My cousin Cliffy’s wedding. Congratulations!!!
-Running. Yay! I cannot run after 7am here- too hot and humid. Excited to run my 5 mile loop through the farm roads.
-Yoga yoga yoga.
-Mountains. Hiking and not seeing the ocean everywhere.
-No sad stray dogs everywhere. Only happy dogs! Dog parks! Petco! (but I will miss Cora).
-Concerts. TAYLOR SWIFT! Seriously, I am going to a Taylor Swift concert.
-Target and TJ Maxx. Enough said.
-Air-conditioned houses. No mold. No cockroaches and lizards in the house. No melted chocolate in my cabinets. Wow.
-Carpets and couches. Comfy.
-Real ovens. You mean… I can fit a pan in it?
-Rain. Here it will sometimes rain for 5 minutes. I am looking forward to whole rainy days. I actually miss them!
-Radios in the car. 1) My car doesn’t have a sound system and 2) There are only 4 radio stations here. I have no idea what music everybody is listening to these days. And Saipan doesn’t have a country station.
-Getting my hair trimmed. Something I learned here- make sure whoever cuts your hair really speaks English.
See you guys soon. So much to look forward to, but I will definitely miss the Saipan sunsets!