I’m doing a bit better since my last post. As I suspected, just writing about what I’m going through personally and what we’ve been going through as a family has helped immensely. Some people reached out to let me know that I’m not alone in the feelings I’ve been having, which always helps. And I was able to just get out of my head a little bit more.
Things aren’t “all better.” I don’t know that I will ever feel the same in Switzerland as I felt in Peoria. I imagine that I will find a new normal (and I have to hope for the sake of personal growth that it will be an improvement). But things are better. Every day isn’t the same struggle that it was. I’ve been able to motivate myself to get stuff done around the apartment more. I think I’m being more patient with G. We’re doing better than just surviving.
I have a lot of things I want to write about. There have been trips to the Paper Museum (which is really cool and not anywhere near as lame as a museum dedicated to paper sounds). We went to a kürbis festival on a pumpkin farm. It wasn’t the same as the one in Morton, but it was great nonetheless. We spent Halloween weekend in Amsterdam visiting with one of my cousins whom I hadn’t seen in years. There was Herbstmesse, Basel’s fall fair.
And then finally there was Thanksgiving weekend. American Thanksgiving obviously isn’t a recognized holiday in Switzerland, but when your husband’s aunt and uncle decide to come to Europe for a week and spend Thanksgiving weekend with you, you do it up big. We did the dinner (Andy roasted a fresh turkey and carved it like a boss). We took a train to Lucerne. We visited the Basler Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market). We even drove into France to visit the Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg, a castle in the Alsace region (pictures to follow, haha).
To tide you all over until those posts are curated, here’s a video of Thanksgiving weekend that Google put together for me. Thanks, Google!
And now we only have 15 more days until we’re on our way to Peoria for the holidays. It’s hard to believe that Christmas is almost here!