Oh life...I love you. Things are good.
I have big news....ready?! No, I'm not pregnant...
NEXT WEEKEND WE'RE FINALLY MOVING INTO OUR NEW APARTMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It's finally happening! After months of planning and paperwork and banks and headaches and all that crap, we're finally getting this show on the road. The owners are handing over the keys on Wednesday or Thursday and then we're using next weekend to move in. So I may not be blogging next weekend since we will probably be too busy with moving in and organizing and all that jazz. We're going to try to get most of the heavy lifting done on Saturday so that Sunday we can just spend cleaning and organizing etc. We made a deal with our friends and family, if they come help us move on Saturday, I will prepare my famous great big cheesy lasagna which they love and we'll make a party out of it. Of course, everyone agreed, so Saturday will be a fun moving day.
Life in general has been great lately, I've been so happy...WE'VE been so happy, my hubby and I that is. Things just seem perfect and just as they should, and right now I could imagine myself living in Santiago forever. Of course there are days where I still get pangs of homesickness and want to get on the next plane back to Canada, but those moments are becoming fewer and fewer and I'm adjusting and adapting to life in Chile.
Work is just awesome. I love it. Even though I work 11-12 hours a day and pretty much get home and go right to sleep during the week, I love the crowd I work with, I love the evironment, I love my boss, and I love being useful and working hard for something, even though I might not have the most glamours position in the company....yet ;) Last Thursday there was a huge happy hour at a bar in Las Condes for our company and about 70 people went. I went with a few of my workmates and got to know them a lot better. We had such a good time and by the end of the evening we were on our feet dancing. We made plans to go out dancing again next Friday. It had been so long since I had last danced and it felt wonderful. I can't wait until Friday. The plan is to go for dinner, drinks, and then out on the town.
Last night E and I went to the mall up in La Dehesa because we thought that the farthest mall would have the least number of people in it. It turns out we were right. It is now our favorite mall. Well, my favorite, E hates malls in general. I don't love it because it's the most beautiful mall in Santiago, I love it because you don't find any of the horrific hoards of people pullulating the mall left right and center that exist in Parque Arauco or even that other mall in lower Las Condes. I was completely impressed. The atmosphere was so relaxed, there was a band playing somewhere, people strolled and walked relaxed around the mall window shopping instead of storming around pushing and shoving like I normally experience in other malls. And this was a Saturday night! It might have something to do with the fact that the mall is somewhat outdoors and since it's winter and cold, people prefer to be in heated malls. So we'll just see what happens when summer comes around, but at least I found my mall of choice for the winter. Besides the absence of people at this mall, there were also way better discounts and so many more than at the other malls! I normally hate shopping in Chile but this was actually a very pleasant experience, which is why I am posting this, incase anybody else feels the same as I do and wants to find somewhere to shop in peace.
And now here I sit, in our soon to be nighborhood Starbucks. I walked here this morning with my labtop since we currently have no internet. E is at soccer with his league and is picking me up to go to his parents for lunch after the game. I love these nice relaxing mornings. I walked here from our apartment down Lyon, one of my favorite streets in Santiago because of the huge Platano Orientales that line it. Its a semi-sunny fall day and there still a few orange leaves coating the streets. God I love days like this! This Starbucks brings back so many memories. When I first came to Chile, this was the first Starbucks I went to since it was close to the institute I taught English at, it quickly became my favorite Starbucks and I came here almost every day. When I lived in Chile for a year and 4 months during my university days, we lived close to here as well and so I would come here again and again, with friends, with E, by myself...It's amazing to look back on all those times when I was still a student, when E and I didn't know what was to become of our relationship, when I was struggling in school, dying to get out, dreaming of a day like today when I would live a stable life with E in one country, and see how much as changed. Life is crazy, life is awesome.
And now I'm off to catch up with all the emailing and facebooking I've missed in this past week without internet, then it's off to have lunch with the in-laws. Today is actually a very important lunch since E's family and I are meeting E's sisters in-laws for the first time. They just got engaged so the two families finally decided it was time to meet. So this will be fun :)
Happy Sunday everyone!