Ok, so I'm not sure about the direction or status of Life in Graz in 2011. My blogging's been sparse lately and, honestly, it's because I don't know what to tell you. We've pretty much settled into life here and that means we have our routine and we're kinda...well, boring. At least in blogging terms. It's a good thing, you see. Stores don't overwhelm us, we know where we're going, one of us understands the language pretty well, we like recycling, we (I) know how to cook without the lack of certain ingredients getting in the way, we've got friends, work, favorite spots and basically, we're cruisin'.
"V to W": Call me immature, but this, however, never gets old or ceases to amuse me.
I can't blog to you about how things shock or appall me anymore...they don't. I could, however, turn it around and write to you in my 'canty commentary way' about how certain things in America now shock or appall me. I could piss some peeps off too. But, do you really want to hear my thoughts and ramblings? And, do I want to put it all out there? I kinda do sometimes. Then, sometimes I don't. It's really quite a serious life struggle.
I also work lots during the day and am back in the groove of blog designing. And, I love it. It's the perfect job for me at this stage in my life. I get to be creative, work on my own time, interact with others, help people add some flair to their life and work towards a goal and tangible (semi-tangible) product in the end. Being a person that likes a 'project', especially a creative, crafty one, this is important. It keeps me going. I think that's why I enjoy cooking and decorating (well, not decorating here but in another life) so much too. End product, creative process, a feeling of accomplishment. (I even like cleaning 80% of the time because of this...serious.)
So, we'll see how this year goes. I just can't post stuff to post stuff..."oh, today we went to the Hilmteich...again! And, here's pictures of places you've seen before and probably don't care so much about." I mean...it's getting old, huh? This, of course, means we need to be more adventurous and I can't count how many times people told me how much more I need to travel while I'm here when I was back in Texas. I know, I know. But, our situation right now is unique..and we're not in a place financially to do too much extra...period. And, I'm pretty much ok with that. I'm not sure if I would be traveling to other peoples' expectations if we could, anyways. It's just not my style.
It's also not my goal to go see places just to mark them off my list and say I've done it. There's a part of traveling (American-style) that feels so forced and stressful to me. I am no Eat, Pray, Love bimbo, but I want to take little trips and not feel like "I have to go see this and do this" because that's what you are supposed to do. This usually requires longer trips, so I may not get to do it my way.
That being said, we do hope to take several weekend trips...Venice and Dubrovnik come to mind, but we'll see. A beach is sounding so quite wondey right now I can almost feel it.
So, we shall see. If I get 15 comments (or more) on this post, I will keep going with the blog. Only one per person, Meems!