So I know I haven't done 11 of the quick takes, but this is simply to keep up with the number that has been hosted.
1) my husband- Despite it being rough, we've managed to close ranks and put aside the usual petty arguments to get through all the junk that's happened.
2) my new home- It's huge. I like the idea of the children having more space to move in especially when it gets really cold. Even if that means I have more space to clean.
3) my bed- You learn to appreciate sleeping in your own bed or your own room after sharing a room with your children for several days.
4) washer/dryer- I have spent the last 6 years using quarters to do my laundry. I like having my own to use (even if I don't own them).
5) air conditioning- We don't have central air. We don't have room units either. But since I'm from Arizona I'm kinda used to the heat or rather the humidity plus heat. London isn't really hot. It's mostly windy. My parish doesn't have air either just fans. So I appreciate trips to the store for the a/c.
6) knowing the English language- There are more words in the English language than in most languages including French and German. You can pretty much operate anywhere in the world if you speak English. As I watch other immigrants deal with all that happens in Canada, I see how difficult it is for them. Today at the bank, I watched as a family had to use a translator to speak to the bank staff. Not sure if it was a friend or other family member or what language they spoke, but you could see it's easier to navigate a foreign country if you speak the same language.
7) my children- who were also stressed are now settling down so it will be easier to devise a loose schedule for them. Thus far nap has been whenever and wherever.
8) no carpet where we eat- For the past 6 years I have had carpet where I eat. Adults spill things and children are really bad so to have linoleum is super awesome.
9) netflix- We gave it up. Because of our bandwidth we can't stream movies; not that Canada has as many selections. So we've been using our own movies and watching broadcast tv (which is helpful about learning the goings ons of our host country). I appreciate it while it lasted, and maybe one day we'll again set up netflix. Hubby says in a month we'll reconsider. For now at least, I'm thinking red box sounds appealing.
10) Food- I've been having to tighten the budget because my husband doesn't get paid for a whole month, things are more expensive here, set-up fees, etc etc. I'm glad a lot of things came from home. We've decided to avoid fast food as much as possible. It's way to pricey. And I've been using all kinds of techniques to try and feed us. My kids are huge snackers so popcorn. Our local store ad matches. Couponing is something else that I need to get on. Canadians have coupons but they don't come in almost every paper like the US. You have to dig hard for them. And most stores do not double or triple the value of the coupon either. Anyways...my husband ordered me this week to stop skipping out on eating. I don't tend to eat well when I'm stressed anyway. But then it worsens when I haven't enough in my system to function. Food is important.
A little game:
1) Where is home for you?
Where my family is. Which is to say in transition between Arizona and London...that's Ontario not England.
2) What hobby would you love to pick up?
Knitting or crochet. Attempts to either have been utter failures.
3) Tell us something we may not know about you
In grown toenail is heredity. I have inherited this trait and after having to endure it painfully twice I've learned to keep my toe nails longish. My husband thinks I'm weird for this. He cuts his super short.
4) Why did you start blogging?
I was pregnant and bored. I've always kept journals/diaries. I've been big into chatting with people online. It's a winning combination.
5) Which blog are you in love with that you only found out about recently?
In love with? I like blogs. But, geez, I don't know...
6) When you struggle in life what keeps you going?
My husband and God. God's been there the entire time. My husband is naturally more recent. He's my big motivator. When I feel like crawling into bed and never emerging, he finds ways to get me to crawl back out.