It's the Simple Things

It's the simple things in life that...

*make life easier
*make life fun
*make me laugh
*make me smile
*make me want to be...

Being "home" for a few days made me once again see all I am missing out on. All you Americans don't realize how lucky you really are. Every day you get in your cars, play with your radios, control the temperature of your vehicles, drive as far as you want, get fast food, shop at your big box retailers and wear short sleeved shirts without even thinking about it. All of these things are things I truly miss.

When I got behind the wheel of my rental car the other day, I was filled with excitement. Gunning that bad ass Ford Focus even put a smile on my face! Speed just makes me giddy. I was even more excited when I got to blast the radio and control the temperature of the car. Isn't modern technology great? Then, being able to get Taco Bell and In-n-Out to my hearts content (I had both once), pleased my taste buds. After that, I was able to hit up every big box retailer that I missed - Target, Nordstrom Rack, Old Navy, Best Buy and more. Now, I wasn't able to buy everything that I wanted due to suitcase space (what was I thinking only bringing one suitcase with me?!?), but I was able to browse and be in awe of the sheer volume of product all in one place.

Also, it was great to be surrounded by people that love me...and that I love. Going back to Foursquare and seeing all my old friends made me so happy. Hanging out at a friend's house, having dinner with friends, watching TV, was just all so great! Also, I feel blessed that I got to see my grandpa one last time before he died (he died last night).

I really feel like there are things I am missing out on by living in Scotland. Yet, if I wasn't living in Scotland, I would miss out on the beauty of green landscape, the joy of snow, the awe of old buildings (and not just American old), the laughter of unrealistically small apples and the adventure of public transportation.

Life is such an adventure, wherever I am.


  1. Awesome Ford Focus! And why didn't you bring another suitcase with you? Come on... you have to think ahead. Have a good flight. And sorry about your grandpa again. :)

  2. Jess, I am so sorry about your Grandpa. You will continue to be in our prayers. I have got to call your aunt. Love ya.

  3. I must say that I'm a little disappointed in that in all the things that you said that you missed about being home and were so very glad to see that you DID NOT mention me.


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