By the name of my blog, one could assume I like shoes. You may not know the extent of my addiction, topping over 200 pairs. Unfortunately I could not bring all my shoes to India as a third of them are built for a much colder climate and the other third top 5" inch heels which would make me taller than 75% of the India population. So I was conservative, only packing a mere 20 pairs focused on flat sandals, ballet flats, several pairs of reef flip flops.
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I am heading west starting on Friday and in addition to seeing my family , friends, sleeping in my own bed and grabbing a chai tea latte at Starbucks; I CANNOT wait to go shopping. The list is long and filled with mostly food items and things for the kids, but what trip would be complete without having a few unnecessary necessities for me. You can guess, those would be something frivolous, slightly over the top and certainly designer for my feet! I have been dream shopping online, as all the spring and early summer sales start. From Saks, Nordstrom, Net-a-porter and Neimans, it's everything a diva could want. However reality check for me, those diva days are packed away in my closet in Michigan along with my party dresses, fur coats and leather pants. My day to day consists of flat sandals, leggings and long kurtas with one of my lovely silk stoles. I can't say I miss the fancy stuff here in India but old habits die hard. I have found two favorites, I would love to buy however balancing the rest of my life, I think the guilt would kill me. So do i Choo or not Choo, that is the question. In my heart, I know the answer but a girl can dream! I'll save those pennies for my final return when I restore the shoe queen to her former glory. Target and DSW Shoes are on the agenda for next week and hopefully will soothe the savage shopper in me.
I have a pit in my stomach, my mind is racing, and I know I will forget to do something. We are packing our bags today, making lists and checking them twice as we get ready for our first visit back to the US in 10 months.
Time has flown by, I can hardly remember how I felt the last few days before we left Michigan. I have a busy week as I try to wrap up loose ends and leave the team for the next three weeks. Doug is attempting to get the house in India in order so our house sitters, Stephanie & Danielle, can manage the staff, pay some bills, watch our dog and still have fun (safely) while they are in India. My parents are organizing our house back in Michigan; filling our cupboards, pulling out the patio furniture and collecting the packages I keep sending to them. It's a strange feeling to live here in India and have a parallel life in Michigan. Keeping up with friends and family on facebook, skype and over the magicjack. In India, making new friends at the bus stop, Samrudhi's grocery store or by the pool.
Each day has gotten easier in India as we get used to being away from home, find ourselves making the house here a home and creating regular moments. As much as I would like to think of our visit home as a vacation it's as much of regular life as we had before we left. Doctors appointments, William getting his braces off, running to targets or Costco and planting flowers in the yard. However, these regular moments have a new meaning this time around as I now know how special each one is. There is an old saying, you don't know what you have until you lose it...and that is certainly something I have come to appreciate ever day here in India. Freedom to drive my own car when I want, ability to visit my parents with just a 30 min drive or know I can always get prego spaghetti sauce at the grocery store every time I go.
And even as I am typing this, I know I will miss things about India. Life is quieter here, more family time, simple things really do put a smile on your face and you can live with a lot less. A trip to McDonald's, figuring out how to cook Mexican food, a game of hearts and a trip to the pool bring us all together in a good old fashioned kind of way. We only have each other and it's made this all the hard stuff much more manageable. Three weeks in the US will go by quickly and I am sure year 2 in India will as well.