Girl Meets Bulgaria

Musings of an American expat in Bulgaria (with detours in Utah and Alaska)


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12-12-12 (a day late…whoops!)

Alright, so it’s 3am now on the 13th, but I figure the rather awesome date of 12-12-12 was just too important to go unrecognized.

Important how? Well, I guess because it’s a so called “last of our lifetime” date.

I would have to live to be 116 years old to see it a date like like this again. Yowza!

(Side note: the world’s oldest woman, an American, just died a few days ago at the age of 116. So I suppose it’s actually possible!)

So on this date (or rather a teensy bit after) I figured I would list 12 {completely} random observations I have had since arriving back in Bulgaria and moving into our apartment in Sofia (many of which will feature in their own dedicated posts in the future, I am sure).

Here we go…

  1. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to use our European-style washer and oven. The dials and buttons are pure gibberish and merely jabbing a few and hoping for the best has led to some near catastrophes.
  2. I missed wearing slippers all day, everyday (in the house, of course). It’s been great practically living in them again.
  3. No microwave? What? Turns out I barely miss it.
  4. Oh lyutenitsa…how did I manage to survive without you for so many months? How do American not know about you yet? What is wrong with the world?!
  5. Internet in BG sucks and you throw many little girl tantrums, but then you get it fixed and have wireless again and it’s SO MUCH FASTER than what the rest of you American saps live with. <insert evil laugh here>
  6. Can watching too many episodes of Dexter in a row increase one’s chances of becoming a serial killer?
  7. Bulgarian pizza still {mostly} stinks. But oh! We tried Domino’s tonight and it was almost like pizza at home! Huzzah! (note: I would NEVER eat Domino’s in America. Blech.)
  8. It’s about damn time I learned some Bulgarian.
  9. Can my apartment neighbors see me strutting (not really, more like making a mad dash from the bathroom to our bedroom post-shower) around naked through our sheer curtains? Eff. I sure hope nope–for all our sakes!
  10. I need to take immediate steps to: leave the apartment more, eat less delicious Bulgarian bread, start exercising, and put up vacation blog posts.
  11. MY MOM! VIENNA! ONE WEEK! ahhhhhhhh! 🙂
  12. My husband is a turd sometimes but he’s sweet, charming, and adorable all the time.
  13. (Eh. One more can’t hurt as it’s really 12-13) It’s great to be home.

Hope you all had a great twelve twelve twelve!

Next up: end of the world. 12-21-12. 😉

W.

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Updates

Due to a combination of factors, I stopped blogging for a little bit.

But I’m back now!

Another Thanksgiving has come and gone. December is here with a vengeance in Utah. We have tons of snow and tons of idiotic drivers to go along with it.

I worked what is hopefully my last University of Utah Football game. I was out in below-freezing temps for over 8 hours (BOO!). We won, and against BYU (our biggest rival) no less. I am praying that this time next year I will be freezing my butt of in Bulgaria as opposed to freezing my butt off in Utah!

I have been a crafting maniac the past few weeks. I do this. I have these spurts of creative energy every few months. Sadly, it usually peters out and I end up with half-finished projects. However, I am happy to say that this time around that doesn’t seem to be the case.

I {finally} got my jewelry supplies from Etsy and made my “Cougar Town” necklaces. In addition to those I also made a few matching bracelets and some earrings.

My slightly ambitious plan is to make all my Christmas gifts this year. Don’t know how well that is working out as I have already purchased a few items for some people.

I recently got the knitting bug again and have been stalking ravelry day and night. I think I finally came to the conclusion that I prefer knitting over crochet. Which kind of sucks as I have an almost-finished blanket for V. that has been sitting for 2 years now.

Anywho, I ordered some wool yarn in very specific colors for a very special project (more on that in a future post). While waiting for that yarn to arrive, I am making some awesome cotton dish cloths to take with me when I move to Bulgaria. Already accessorizing my future kitchen, is that weird? My aunt has had them since I can remember and they are always the ones I reach for when I am cleaning up the all too often baking messes Annalee and I make in her kitchen.

Finally, today is the opening day for applications for Princess Tours in Alaska. I am going to be applying soon and it’s a bit of a surreal experience. I worked in Denali in 2008 (where I met V.) and have always wanted to go back. It’s still not a done deal. I have to be hired (not super worried about that) and V. has to get his work visa (super worried about that).  Fingers crossed we will find ourselves in beautiful Denali, Alaska this upcoming summer.

That about wraps up the past few weeks of my life.

Captivating, wasn’t it? 😉

W.