Sunday, February 19, 2012
I am really bad at keeping a journal nowadays. It was great for when I was homesick in Japan and had nobody to talk to... but I just can't bring myself to write with pen and paper lately. (Maybe it's because I haven't found a cute journal yet. But still.) In its place, I decided I will burden you with long paragraphs of my thoughts about once a week. Cool? Cool.
This week has been a fun one. I started working at Anthropologie, which is really, really great. When I left Japan, I was afraid I would never be able to be in an environment that inspired me as much as Japan did - but I think Anthro fills that void for me. The displays, the clothing, the homeware, not to mention my super fashionable co-workers, all make me feel really energized and just... happy.
When I'm not working, I do a lot of third-wheeling with my newly married friends, Amber and Steven. One of the nights I hung out with them, we went to Target where they bought a ton of needed products for their apartment using wedding gift cards. It was SO fun... mostly because I am so excited for them and their new life together. I'm also a little envious that they get to decorate their new place... since Matt and I have been married, we've lived in a motorhome (a really nice one, actually) and our teensy closet in Japan... which hadn't really given us room to purchase our own things to fill an empty space that we could call home. For now, I will live vicariously through Amber and Steven.
On Saturday morning, I went to Reachel's amazingly beautiful home to help her film a little video for her blog, Cardigan Empire. It was really exciting and super fun. Reachel is a person I really admire. I've only been around her a few times, but she just has this positive, kind spirit to her that is absolutely contagious. She is one of those people that just makes you feel loved. Anyway, I'll let you know when it premieres (teehee). I mean I just awkwardly stand there and smile at the camera, but that makes me a big star, right?
A lot of people ask me how it's been to be back in the States. It was a little strange for a bit, but it feels like home. I'll be honest, it's nice to be in a place where I speak the language and can do things on my own. Plus, as much as I love Japan, I did feel a little bit lonely over there, so it's great to be around friends and family again. The big change for me was that most of my good friends got married! Which is amazing for sure, but it was a little strange to see how everyone grew up in a matter of months. I mean... what? You guys pay bills and stuff now? You don't know what to cook your spouse for dinner tomorrow? You guys have 5-year plans? It was shocking, to say the least.
And last thing - Matt bought his plane tickets home today! I'm so excited to have him back, finally. We don't know what we'll do when he gets back - will we go back to school? Will I land a dream job? Who knows. I can't see 3 months into my future... which is scary, but also exciting at the same time.
This week - work, cupcakes, a hair cut, and yoga. I know, I know. Exciting life in the world of Kristine or Polly.