Last summer we had only been living in Japan for 4.5 months before we came back. So it really wasn't all that long. I think after 10 months of living in the "bubble" coming home will be strange in some ways.
So what am I looking forward to? (Besides the obvious family and friends)
- Target, Gap, Old Navy, Kohls, the mall, and heck, even Walmart. Bring it all on. The clothes in my closet are begging for some new friends.
- The cereal aisle. I may even sing a tune as I stroll down the aisle.
- The deli counter. I will kiss the deli person as they give me real turkey and real cheese.
- Whole grain bread
- Being able to order a real salad
- Panera, Chipolte, Chilis, Danny's BBQ, Sunny Skies, Dairy Queen, Osers... and the list goes on.
- Mexican food!
- Sweet tea
- Borders, Barnes and Nobles... any bookstore filled with English books. I may cry when I walk through the door.
- Getting my eyebrows waxed
- Being able to walk through a store and know what everything is
- Walking down the street and not having everyone look at me as if I am from another planet (Although I do have to say I don't get as many looks as Matt or the kids with my dark hair)
- Grass -- I am so tired of concrete.
- Reading street signs, billboards, heck anything!
- Drive thrus
- Going one day without saying "Wakarimasen" (I do not understand)
What am I not looking forward to?
- Flying by myself with 3 kids for 18 hours each way.
- Remembering which side of the road to drive on.
- Driving everywhere. I actually enjoy all the walking and the train. You don't realize how much time you spend driving in a car until you have other means of transportation.
- Living out of suitcases for 8 weeks. By week 4 last year, I was done.
- Sleeping in 12 different beds in 4 different states over 8 weeks.
- Trying to see and make time for everyone and everything in the short time back. Our calendar looks like a road map.
- Poor customer service and then being expected to tip them.
- Jet lag
- Being away from Matt for 4 weeks.