(inspired by this photo)
I guess when you spend your free time creating lesson plans for young children, you start to do things like this, too:
Aspen Coffee (my college home away from home, where I stuided for every test, wrote every paper, etc. - yes, I actually miss studying)
my Bed in Stillwater (so, so comfortable...and that down comforter was amazing...sigh)
Cloie, who hopefully will NOT be 17 the next time I see her....
Driving...it's more fun than you realize. (I loved my car).
English. (Speaking, hearing, reading it. I miss that language.)
my Family (parents&grandparents, sisters/brother-in-laws) *see photo above
my German classes (I wish I could go back in time - with the knowledge I have now - and talk all the time as opposed to being scared of making mistakes!)
Haircuts (oh my gosh, walking into a hair salon and explaining what I want done to my hair in English is something I definitely took for granted).
ICE!!!!!! Did you know that ice does not exist in Europe? Well, it doesn't. (Unless you make it yourself, but I can't even think of a place where I've seen ice cube trays for sale).
Jackets (Unfortunately, my 827 jackets could not all be transported from the US to Germany, so....I wear the same 2 here, over...and over...and over).
Kaitlyn/Stella, Maddie, the Clem sisters & other friends...
Luna Lyn(n) ...12 sales in 2 years nearly killed me but I miss it all the time
going to the Movies (subtitles are fine, but under no circumstances can I tolerate dubbing)
Norman...or maybe just Sweet Basil??
Oklahoma State University (I could cry sometimes, I miss it so much)
Playing Super Nintendo (maybe this is something that would go on a "things I miss from my childhood" list, but for some reason I have been missing that old Super NES so much?!)
Qdoba. Moe's. Chipotle. Mexican food in general. (No, there is absolutely NO Mexican food here. None whatsoever. Sometimes I just want chips and salsa, okay?!)
my Room in Stillwater (the biggest room I've ever had/will ever have)
Stillwater (I miss this town more than Norman, ironically).
Target, duh. (Sometimes I forget that places like Target exist somewhere out there in the world).
just the U.S.A in general...when people here ask me which country is better: Germany, Austria or the US, I have to make a conscious effort to wait at least 5 seconds before immediately answering "The U.S." (usually I say something diplomatic like, "I love all of them." which is true, but.....to quote Marina & The Diamonds, "I'm obsessed with the mess that's America", sorry!)
family Vacations (really, this is just a disguise for saying, "Silver Dollar City").
the Weather (oh, fall weather in Oklahoma is perfection!!!!)
i don't know, X-rays??? (Actually, that's something I get done in Mexico, not Oklahoma.)
watching You've Got Mail with Kaitlyn & Stella @ 513 Gray St. (which we did on a nightly basis)
going to the OKC Zoo with Ben and Luke (and Maddie) in the middle of summer (103 degrees, to be exact)...(getting paid to play with children&babies was probably the best job I'll ever have)
Despite what this post might suggest,
no - I'm not homesick!
If someone told me
my time in Germany was already up,
I'd probably have a heart attack.
DEFINITELY not ready to leave this place...
...or Europe in general.
And, just to clarify,
I could probably make a much more descriptive list
called "the ABCs of what I do NOT miss about Oklahoma"
but I will refrain. :)
(I could also make the list:
"the ABCs of what I miss about Salzburg")
((But I will also refrain from doing that as well))
(((because there isn't enough blog space in the world for that list)))