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A Slice of Familiarity

A Slice of Familiarity

on Jul 21, 2013 in Blog

On most days, I wake up feeling lucky and blessed to be on this journey. Everyday is a new adventure and we get to choose what we want to do to fill our day. However, yesterday was not one of them!

It was our first morning in Copenhagen, and honestly, I am not sure what put me into the tailspin that resulted in my mid-morning meltdown. It could have been any number of things…

  • the restless night of sleep we had on a small, double bed
  • the startle at 3:30 AM when the morning newspaper came through the mail slot of our strange apartment
  • the uneasy feeling of waking up to see two larger-than-life people staring at me—one with a scowl on his face and a clinched fist. After a few heart-pounding seconds I realize it’s just a giant poster that fills the wall of the bedroom
A startling duo to wake up to...

A startling duo to wake up to…

  • the bland-tasting, green colored eggs that filled my hungry belly for breakfast (my own home cooking)!
  • an odd, runny consistency of the yogurt (or so I thought) we bought
  • the fight with the faucet to produce hot water for my morning shower…not to mention missing my spacious, clean and dependable shower
  • the fact that my legs have taken on a strange blue hue, that makes me look like I am a battered wife (thanks to my jeans that continue to bleed despite numerous washes)
  • missing being able to pick out fresh clean clothes from my closet. Instead, I dig into my backpack to pick one of the same five things that I have now worn a cazillion times already! (Not to mention, half of which are in the laundry pile.)
  • that I could not dry and style my hair like a normal and civilized human being. There are only so many days in a row that I can pull my hair back in a bun and just go with it!
  • that I cut caffeine (in the form of Coke Zero) out of my diet for four whole days!
  • the fact that life carries on with or without you; sometimes you just miss seeing and hearing from family and friends

Regardless of what it was, Kevin helped me through it and got me out the door to explore our new city. In the end, we had a fantastic day wandering the streets, taking in the sights, and enjoying the marvelous summer weather! And to top it off, we enjoyed a frozen “American Style” Hawaiian Pizza and a little Coke Zero! Sometimes all it takes is a little adventure and a slice of familiarity to get you moving in the right direction again.


  1. Oh My – I want to give you a great big hug that will last for all those rough days that you may have. Love you lots.

  2. Sounds like a real adventure -but you can’t go home at night.We miss seeing you,but do enjoy your you blogs. I did’t realize you were such a talented writer. Love Dad

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