Archive for February, 2013

We leave tomorrow (!!), so I thought I’d take a moment to address some of the most frequently asked questions we’ve gotten about this trip, just in case some of the same questions had crossed your mind.

1. Will you bring any kids back with you?

From what I understand, that’s generally frowned upon, so…no. But I do reserve the right to change my mind after we meet them.

2. Are you excited/nervous?

Nah, not really. Why would I be? A trip to Nepal is just a walk in the park…on the other side of the world.

3. Are you packed?

No. Absolutely not. I will be fully packed about an hour before we leave for the airport. Hopefully.

4. Do you have everything you need? Are you ready?

God, I hope so. But probably not. I guess we’ll find out!

5. Why are you still working the day before you leave?

Because I’m an idiot. That’s why.

In all seriousness, I could not be more excited about this adventure. It will be thrilling and challenging and life-changing, and I can’t wait.

And I’m sure that all the stress and anxiety leading up to it will be worth it.

But I’m also sure that stress would be minimized if I’d just taken today off.


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Appreciation week

Next Tuesday we leave for Nepal.

That means we have one week left to appreciate…

…showering every day.

…consistent electricity.

…three meals a day.

…washers & dryers.

…instant internet access.

…constant communication with friends and family.

…knowing what to expect out of any given day.

…and any number of other things not listed here.

But it will undoubtedly be worth it.

And who knows – maybe being away from these things for three months will change how we view some of them.

Maybe we’ll become less reliant on the internet, or cut back on electricity use.

Maybe we’ll become accustomed to two meals a day, and learn to expect the unexpected.

But I’d still like to get back to showering on a daily basis.

A girl’s gotta have limits.

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…and just revel in the shmoopiness of the day.

Personally, I like to revel with this video:

As I’ve said before, I just like liking things.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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This may be the first Lenten season I can remember that I’m not actively giving something up.

I thought about it. I reflected on past years, giving up swearing, M&Ms, diet coke, and alcohol – all of which were both challenging and rewarding.

I thought about giving up something food-related again…and then realized that we’ll be in Nepal in two weeks, where I won’t be eating any of my regular foods anyway.

I considered giving up TV or social media…but again, it would really just be for the two weeks before we leave. We won’t be watching TV or obsessively scanning Facebook in Nepal.

I toyed with giving up other things, but kept coming back to the same conclusion: it would really only be my choice for two weeks, and then it would become a necessity for my current living situation.

So this year, I’m giving up giving up.

This year, I’ll spend two weeks reflecting on the Lenten season while in my comfort zone, and the final four weeks will be spent halfway around the world.

I can only imagine that the time in Nepal will teach me more about the true meaning of the season than a lack of diet coke or alcohol ever did. And maybe it will be the start of a new tradition.

Maybe instead of giving up, I’ll just start giving.

And this year will be the first step.

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Husband and I were talking a while back about the fact that a friend of ours had asked me to pass along his hello to someone else. (Follow all that?)

Why? Does he like her or something?

Not like that,” I replied. “She’s an adult.

Well, what does that make us?

Oh. Good point.

I seem to be stuck in the thinking that everyone older than me is an adult, and everyone younger is a kid. It’s incredibly self-centered and simplified, and not really accurate.

But is there a word for being in your 20s and 30s? Or rather, is there a word to distinguish that age group from people in their 40s and 50s? And that age group from older ones, and so on, and so forth?

Sometimes the age differences – particularly regarding life experience – seem vast, necessitating a way to differentiate.

But other times, age is truly just a number.

So maybe it’s the terminology.

Maybe it’s the mindset.

Or maybe I just need to get more sleep and stop overthinking adulthood.

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