The past few days have been crazy but we're back in the states and trying to get our feet back under us. Jet-lag isn't quite as bad coming back this way than it was going TO Korea so it's only taken us a few days to get over it (as opposed to a week+ when we arrived in Korea). We are now in the hunt for a car, cell phones, and a job. We'll see which one we land first.
|One last 비빔밥 before I left.|
|Longest. Bridge. Ever. Only way it could have been made worse is |
if I had been sitting next to a clown on the drive over.
Getting out of Korea was challenging but it all worked out in the end. Some good friends of ours were able to drive us to the airport - 4 people, 2 dogs in crates, 6 suitcases, 4 carry-ons, and 4 personal items (backpacks) and the process of flying with the dogs was actually pretty easy. The way things worked out, MacGyver and The Girl took the direct flight with the pups and The Boy and I flew on a cheaper airline with a layover. That all worked out nicely - it only took one car to pick each group from the airport rather than 2.
I was an absolute basket-case but the pups did amazingly well. They show no residual effects from the flight other than an acquired distaste for their crates. But they now have a backyard to run around in and have taken full advantage of it, winding up exhausted at the end of each day.
|Pooped puppy #1.|
Being back is...odd. Granted, we were only in Korea for 9 months but it was long enough to become used to limited selection and signs in Korean that we cannot read. Since we've been back, I've been to Target once and the local grocery store once and each time, I found myself completely overwhelmed - NINE different options for shaving cream? Which one do I choose?
As happy as I am to be back, I miss the friends we made and I miss being on deck with my swimmers. I've been cruising the job openings for swim coaches but so far, there is nothing that fits just yet.
|Gratuitous In-N-Out shot. Self-control is not my strong-point |
so there is no picture of the burger.
|Oh, how I missed this.|
|And this - a venti that is actually VENTI-sized and not a grande at a venti price.|
Adding to the oddness of being back is the fact that I am back in my hometown - a place to which I never anticipated returning. In order to help bridge the unemployment gap (and help cover the cost of health insurance), I've put in with my old City for several positions. The pay is decent and I can probably work my schedule around everyone else to where the kids wouldn't be alone and we could still continue to homeschool. We'll see how that all plays out but, again, it's weird. Comfortable but weird.
Everything is weird right now. I suspect that is actually normal...if weird can be normal. Still trying to figure out a way back to Kansas. I miss my house and can't wait to be settled. This past year has been exhausting. In the meantime, this soft landing place should keep us busy for a bit.