A very wise woman recently suggested that rather than point out all of the work and organization that needs to be done with regards to The Big Move that maybe I should instead take a moment (or two) and share the things I’m most excited about when it comes to living in England with my guy.
Ask and ye shall receive. In bullet points of course; I mean, who doesn’t love a good bullet point?
- Home is where the heart is. Seeing my guy every day, living life with him face to face and not just via email, phone, or Skype. That’s the prize right there.
- Getting to know each other even better, the ins and outs of two people living together change dramatically after they actually live together. Imagine that.
- Game nights. We both love playing board games, probably more than two 30-somethings should. I’m not the best with losing (just ask Si), but what awesomely awesome winner ever was?
- Celebrations. No more birthday’s, Thanksgivings, or any other special type of celebration spent apart; we get to be together for all of them and that’s just all kinds of cool. Yes, yes, I’m definitely American.
- Snuggling on the sofa. Don’t worry, no TMI here, just looking forward to sitting with Si and watching a movie, watching crazy British TV, or just enjoying quiet time. Together.
- Holding hands. This is probably one of the biggest things I miss about us, just holding hands and being connected.
- Hugs. He gives the best hugs. S’true.
- Cooking together. Something we’ve grown rather fond of during the course of our three (soon to be four) visits together.
- Soaking up the sunshine. Sitting out on the patio, enjoying those warm bits of bright light beaming down from the sky with a cold beer and my guy beside me.
- Travel and exploration. Seeing as how we’ll already be in England, it only makes sense for us to explore the world around us. We can take a road trip to Scotland, a train to France, or spend a weekend in London. The sky’s the limit and we’re definitely ready to explore this expansive Earth together; both near and far.
- What’s old is new again. I’m excited to learn new customs, new traditions, see and touch history, and explore the culture I’ll be calling home.
- Driving on the right (wrong) side of the road. Call me crazy but I’m looking forward to learning how to drive all over again; this time on the opposite side of the road and in what will more than likely be a very small car.
- English Heritage. Si and myself have decided that once I’m living there, we’ll join the English Heritage in hopes of supporting and protecting the natural English environment; the history, the buildings, the countryside. One of the awesome benefits of the membership is being able to travel all over England and gain free entry into over 400 historic properties. Me and my camera are super duper excited. Oh and Si is as well.
- New slang. As incredibly dorky as it sounds, I’m looking forward to learning new words for words I already know. Make sense? Same meaning, different words; those kinds of things. Hey, I already admitted to the dork thing.
- Accents. Lord have mercy being surrounded by such a beautiful accent isn’t going to be a hardship, I assure you.
- Family. Though I will be away from my family and friends here in the states (and missing them something fierce), I do look forward to getting to know Si’s family better as well as making new friends; one can never have too many friends.
I’m sure it won’t always be sunshine and daisies; we’d be silly and naive to think such a thing. However, I consider myself to be a ‘bloom where you’re planted’ type of person so I’m definitely looking forward to making a life there, not only as a couple, but as an individual as well. It’s important to both of us that we remember who we are on our own as well as who we are together; but you really can’t beat being together.