9.28.2012

autumnal.

I'm writing this while sipping chai tea from a moose mug. Yeah, that's right, a moose mug...it's safe to say that I'm back in the northwoods of Wisconsin. ;)

Also, I'm writing this at 3am...which leads me to admit that I haven't quite kicked jetlag's rear as quickly as I hoped. No matter how many times I travel + try to bridge that 8 hr gap and 28 hrs of travel...I always bite the dust on day two. Usually it's in the form of a six hour nap. Don't worry, I honored that tradition today.

But, that hasn't stopped me from embracing all the things I've missed. In 36 hours I've...

...sipped a pumpkin spice latte + several chai lattes. (Both of which aren't available at my Starbucks in Kuwait, so you can imagine my delight.)

...walked our family pup for miles, and hiked through the forest with my mom...stopping at the top to drink teeny bottles of wine.

...open-mouth stared at the crazy cheap groceries (broccoli for $0.78?!) and had lunch at my fave restaurant.

...strolled through my old neighborhood and reminisced in front of my old diggs.

...FaceTimed with my kitten (and husband, too).

...visited Target twice. It was bliss. Somehow I left empty handed, but that's likely due to a J. Crew pillaging trip planned for today. ;)

...and drove for the first time in four months. It was WILD.

I love it. I love, love being home where people smile + say hello as you pass them on the sidewalk. Where doors are held open for the next person or sweet ladies let you cut in the checkout because you only have two items. Although not everyone in my hometown is this kind, it's prevalent enough to say it's quite normal. I call it Wisconsin Nice...Minnesota Nice is totally a thing, too, but neither is intensely kind as Canada Nice. Canadians have it mastered. ;)

This morning I'm road tripping to Chicago for the wedding of my cousin, Courtney. Our guys unknowingly proposed just a few hours apart last June...in different countries...but it was still a crazy coincidence considering we also share a birthday! (What up, June 8th babies!) So I like to think we have a special connection. :)

Anyway, I'm overjoyed to be home for the day she ties the knot. Also pretty stoked for some big city shopping with tolerable American prices.


Hope your Friday is swell, and your weekend is even better. :)



28 comments:

  1. awwww!!!! ENjoy your time at home:)! I am heading to the states next week for a wedding and my sisters wedding and am a little excited to hit up Target for my last time for awhile also!!! xoxo

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  2. Oh man, SO glad you made it home (oh, sorry, background: I found your blog a LONG time ago and have been followin/stalkin your life ever since. Hi!)! I was a UW-Stout grad, and I miiiiight have made a "hike" or two to the top of Hoffman Hills...mini bottles of wine in tow just so I stayed "hydrated." Haahahah. Enjoy the fabulous colors of fall in WI!!! :D

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  3. Ooh, this post makes me soooo happy! This feels like "Bethany as she should be"... Does that make sense?

    Have fun, and enjoy all the pumpkiny goodness of late September/early October in Wisconsin & Illinois!

    xoxo

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  4. I love this post-your heart seems so happy! I'm glad you're enjoying time at home with family..sounds wonderful so far!

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  5. Um, hi gorgeous pictures! So happy to hear that you got home safe, and that we're actually in the same country! Have a fantastic time with your family Bethany, and I hope you get as many chai and pumpkin spice lattes as you can while you're here!

    xoxo,
    Joelle

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  6. Oh Bethany, this whole post makes me so happy! Enjoy your time back in the states! I couldn't imagine how you're feeling with all the freedom that's been restricted from living in Kuwait. And family time!

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  7. Enjoy your trip home, Bethany! It sounds like you've wasted no time at all and that you're soaking it all up.

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  8. ahh I love how much you're loving being home! and I can't wait to see all of your J Crew finds. have fun this weekend!

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  9. I only know you from reading your blog/Twitter and yet I feel some great sweet relief for you that you're finally home! You have soooo much courage to live in another country in general, especially one with so many differences so I'm sure it feels GREAT to be home! I couldn't even live a few HOURS from home haha! Have fun!!

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  10. Pumpkin lattes hooray ! Best time of the year I love anything to do with pumpkins and all ! Enjoy the most of your small encounter and if you can try to bottle the smells ... lol ...

    Love Chrissi xo

    www.christianaholt.blogspot.com

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  12. it's funny how being away can give you a new found apperciation for home.

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  13. Aww, sounds like you're having fun! Glad you were able to visit home

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  14. I noticed that you didn't say Illinois nice. ;) do happy you are enjoying your time at home and indulging onion some not-to-be-taken-for-granted luxuries like the pumpkin spice latte and jcrew. And of course, the red bullseye. Have fun!!!

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  15. I'm so glad you're having a great visit! Looks like you came home at the perfect time - autumn really is the greatest season :)

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  16. Awww, on behalf of my mother country, thank you for the kind words! :-) I think we Canadians are pretty nice, too. Glad you're having a great time back home! This'll be me in LESS THAN ONE WEEK!!!!

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  17. I can only imagine how much you must be enjoying being home and being around the familiar. Enjoy every second - I beat your kitty (and your husband) are missing you greatly.

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  18. Good for you! Sounds like its been a great time so far and will be even more great, with a happy wedding in the plans. Your photos are gorgeous. Best regards from a nice Canadian :) Loulou

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  19. Oh Bethany I am so happy for you! I'm sad that Gabe can't be with you though but YAYs all around for chai lattes, fall colors, and time with family and friends.

    I've been thinking about you a lot lately especially seeing the fall leaves. I hope you're doing well.

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  20. It sounds like you have really made the most of your time back home. When I was in the US I was obsessed with the pumpkin spice lattes. Plus jet lag is a killer so I understand completely. x

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  21. Bethany, so happy you're home. Enjoy every minute, darlin'!

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  22. I'm glad you made it back to the States safe & sound. Your heart seems so happy here. I used to live in Chicago and would come home (small town between Eau Claire & Minneapolis) and my heart felt so FULL every time. It would fill me back up so I could make it in Chicago until the next time I got to come home.

    Enjoy your time here, dear. Relish the moments, squeeze all the people you love, and fill your heart with joy and stomach with Pumpkin & Chai Lattes!

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  23. bethany, these images are absolutely gorgeous! i hope you're enjoying every last second of your trip home :)

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  24. I was just in Wisconsin over the weekend...love love love it there. Perfect timing too as the leaves are hitting peak colors. Hope you had a great trip back to the states...get those lattes while you can girl!

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  25. I think a moose mug needs to make it's way back to Kuwait...

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  26. Ooooh autumnal indeed! I love the photos. Enjoy your weekend!

    http://www.tamarasblend.com/

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