Friday, November 30, 2012

Getting Back to Working and Living in the US

I would be misleading you if I said I jumped right into life here and things were perfect. I'm happy, don't get me wrong. I love the job, I love the house and I like my car. I'm enjoying time with my friends and family and not being isolated and miserable.

The problem is that after losing virtually all of my muscle tone in India all of this stuff is very tiring. I'm having to rebuild all that I lost. I never would have imagined feeling like doing dishes was a workout. Laundry isn't bad but often I do find that holding up sheets and towels to fold them is a challenge too. These things don't seem as bad as they did before I went to India (mentally) but my poor body is having trouble getting back into the swing of things.

I had trouble adjusting my schedule. Getting up and getting things done in the morning isn't any different than before but it took me a while to get used to it. In India I barely got up and moving before 9 AM. No thanks to hubby lol. He doesn't like to get out of bed in the mornings either. Neither one of us is morning people. I did manage to do it but I didn't like it at first, that's for sure.

I also had to get back into a diet routine. It's much different eating healthy on the run as opposed to being home all day and cooking a fresh meal each time you eat. I can't run home and cook couscous or throw together a fresh tomato salad like I did in India. Of course, I can make the salad ahead of time and pack it so that helps but it's winter here and cold foods are not preferred in the weather we have here.

It's only November and already it's getting down past freezing. (Freezing is 32F or 0C.) I had to get creative. One thing I've noticed is that I don't eat the same now as I did before gong to India. I don't enjoy the same foods in the same way. I've actually been craving roasted Brussels sprouts since coming home. I blame my brother. He made them for me and not wanting to upset him I tried them. Now I'm hooked. But I can't take those with me because there's no oven in my car. (Though I am considering a toaster oven lol....what??? I have a power adapter, I can make it work.)

I had to find quick, easy and healthy breakfasts to make during the short amount of time I have to get ready in the mornings. Thank God for instant grits and oatmeal! I save the pancakes and meals that take time to cook for my days off. I'm not eating all convenience foods though. I've just taken some tips from Rachel Ray and Hungry Girl for fast ideas that come from more wholesome places.

When you work full time (40 hours) you just don't have the time to spend 1-2 hours on every meal you cook. There's no maids or cooks here in the US. At least not for average individuals. I have to divide my time at home between cleaning, cooking, laundry and other chores. There's only one of me but I'm thinking life would be much more productive and organized with two lol. I miss my hubby...and the massages!

I've changed my wardrobe considerably. I've been much more sensitive to the cold and so I've already started wearing thermal underwear and layering shirts, sweaters and jackets. My socks are longer and I'm not leaving any skin exposed. I've been freezing and we get a lot of wind here that just makes it feel colder. I have 3 fleece blankets on my couch at the moment and on any given day, all of them are being used.

I had to readjust myself to driving again too. I didn't forget how, I just found myself a little nervous at first. Of course, the SUV I bought has a bigger engine than I've driven in 5 years and that didn't help. I had to re-familiarize myself with the area so I knew the quickest way to get where I needed to go.

Setting up the house was fun. I have pictures of all of my family members proudly displayed. Christmas decorations are already up as well. I started decorating for Diwali. That's when I put the candles in the window then I just added to it as time permitted. I had my Christmas tree up before Thanksgiving lol. Oh well. It's so pretty. Once I'm done adding all the decorations I'll put up a video. I got a fiber optic tree. I love the way it changes colors constantly. It makes me feel happy just looking at it. Now I just have to wrap some presents and put them under the tree.


  1. I love brussel sprouts, and anything bitter, like bitter gourd! :)

  2. Oh I need to start getting thigns done for Christmas too :-) I usually put the tree around St Nick though, I don't think this year will be different, I have to put the advent calendar up for my daughter tonight while she sleeps but I alreayd made all 24 little paper bags myself and filled them :-) I already made two types of cookies and finished about half already. Will make more dough this weekend and we'll have some activities ready for the week to come. I love December, and I'm not going to let that stupid move put too much of a drain on that, December is MY month, :-)