"Can't get comfortable,
Can't get settled in..."
I mentally committed myself to blogging through this transition, so here goes nothing! We finished our trip, arriving in North America on Monday night. Tuesday morning we had a buffet breakfast at our hotel, and the culture shock began. Everybody was moving so quickly! While we were staring at the food, trying to decide what to eat, we got pushed out of the way multiple times. Ah, yes-- hurry up!
We stopped for groceries, and that wasn't as bad as I had expected. Armed with a list, I made my purchases relatively quickly. I guess being here 4 months ago does help! When we drove on to the freeway Garry started out at 60 km an hour, the fastest we can usually drive in the Philippines.... the cars whipping by us made us laugh.
We are in a nice house here in Arizona, and I was shocked by the size of it. The closet in the master bedroom is big enough that I unpacked in there. (And no, it might not be bigger than your closet!) Cupboards abound and there are plenty of drawers. The dishwasher works well, and if I take a glass out of there and it's still wet, it's safe to fill it up and drink the water. I don't have jugs of purified water on my counter, and I can brush my teeth with water from the sink. Speaking of sinks, there is hot running water in every one. At night we have 4 outside doors to lock, but I'm not sure that locking them is really expected (haven't quite figured that one out yet!)
We've been waking up around 3 am most mornings and are ready for bed by noon. I guess we didn't really schedule in jet lag very well since this is our week with our co-workers from the Philippines! Fuzzy minds, sick tummies, and a desire for a nap are pretty much constants at this stage.
I need to get some lunch on the table, so I'll continue this later.... until then!