For one, while strolling through the snow-covered neighborhood last night, I found a new market on Güvenlik Caddesi. A Migros Jet replaced the old Şok. I checked it out. It wasn’t too exciting, but it’s always nice to have another option.
I was also informed that one of my courses was abruptly ended. While I enjoyed it and will miss it, I now have time to focus on new things. As a matter of fact, on the very same day I was asked to write a column for the TAA (Turkish American Association) newsletter. There’s no money in it, just fame and glory – at least in my mind – so I am looking forward to it!
I have also been toying with the idea of writing a book. It’s something that has always been in the back of my head. But upon time spent with one of my nieces over the holidays, I finally came up with an idea. With more free time in Ankara, there’s no time like the present to get it started!
Aaaahhh, the holidays. Busy, busy, busy. I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent in the States. At the end of the weeks, my mother and I looked back over the things I had done. It felt like the time passed extremely quickly. But when we enumerated what I had done, well, it was just unbelievable!
In my first few days, I spent 8 hours at a city hospital with one sister for an unsuccessful attempt at a minor surgery. I spent an hour or so at another hospital with another sister while she received a platelet transfusion. I covered the front of the house with Christmas lights. And my brother and his wife took me to Sovana Bistro for dinner. We enjoyed ourselves. But the food, prices and atmosphere, while nice, were nothing compared to the Birchrunville Store Cafe!
With the rest of my time, I visited family and friends, including a lovely dinner at my brother’s home and meeting my sister-in-law’s niece. Actually, I met her once when she was just a little kid. But now she is a fellow expat, has the same birthday as me, and has become somewhat of a soul sister.
I decorated the Christmas tree and the house. I took Mom shopping for Christmas gifts, groceries, and everything else. I wrapped and wrapped and wrapped. I cooked and cooked and cooked.
I filled out disability paperwork for my sister. I attempted to repair a computer. I celebrated a great-niece’s birthday. But mostly, I celebrated life with my Mom, my siblings, and my nieces and nephews.
I miss you all already! Thanks for the fabulous vacation! Man, I’m tired! Did I just say I’m adjusted? 86 that!