Just a few thoughts I’d like to share – in no particular order:
1. We visited Rome for 3 hours last Saturday. I want to go back when it’s not a holiday so I can thoroughly enjoy the history of this ancient city.
2. I’ll be living here for 3 years. I need to remind myself this…constantly. Sometimes I act like I’ll never be visiting these places again and I throw mini internal bitch fits.
3. Last Friday, November 1st, marked our first month living in Naples.
4. Sunday, November 3rd, marked CJ’s NINTH year in the Navy and has recently become the LPO of the pharmacy (the Chief’s “go to person”). Yay!
5. Our home goods won’t be here for another few weeks. I am tired of wearing the same clothes over and over and I just. want. our car already.
6. CJ and I got our Italian driver’s license. Our childhood dreams of recreating a scene out of Cruis’n World (arcade game) will manifest next month.
7. In approximately 17 days, 11 hours and 39 minutes, I will be spending a week in Paris with my MIL, SIL, BIL, Lei and hubby. I can’t even contain my excitement. Spending Thanksgiving in Paris with family; visiting Paris Disney, the Louvre Museum, the Eiffel Tower, and cafés on every corner. Ah!
8. Really, the first thing that came to mind about Paris was fashion. One of the 4 fashion capital’s of the world! CHANEL and shopping boutiques. Everywhere. While I wouldn’t say I’m a fashionista, I do have an appreciation for aesthetically pleasing articles of clothing and I know my designers. I have always put my daughter first so I guess you can say my fashion sense and style is lived through Leilani before myself. I’m usually caught in lounge wear 80% of the time. But, when I do decide to doll up, I’m not too shabby. Anyway, Chanel. I am dying to go to 31 Rue Cambon where mademoiselle Chanel’s apartment sits above the original boutique. I’ll probably be sneered at in my peasant clothes, but I plan on picking up one of my favorite perfumes, Eau Tendre. Just so I can get it gift wrapped and walk out with the classic black and white shopping bag with the luxury brand stamped on the side. Because I’ll look so Français.
9. A garbage disposal would make my life easier. (no particular order, remember?)
10. Last week, I learned something about the millions of cats that roam around base and out in towns. The reason Italians feed these stray cats are to keep them in the area so they can continue to hunt rodents! It never occurred to me that there are no rats to be seen with the oceans of garbage in Naples. Thank you kitty’s, but I still don’t like you.
11. As much as I hate to admit this, Leilani just started school yesterday. I know, I know, I’m a terrible mother. I was being stubborn and refused to enroll her in school on base. I looked into my options and found an International School off base, but we had no means of transportation. Last week, the headmaster arranged for a wonderful Navy SO – whose daughter attends the school – to drive me to the site and tour the facility. Oh my goodness. It is everything I ever dreamed of for Leilani’s education in another country. But, no car = no international school. I will have to be
impatient until our car arrives; then I’ll pull her out of ‘the home of the Dolphin’s’ and swim on over to the international school five times faster than an Olympic athlete! Virtual high five if you knew that was an actual dolphin fact!
12. Leilani’s second grade teacher assessed her in reading and math and confirmed that she is well advanced for her grade level. Phew, so I guess a month off from school wasn’t so bad after all! Just kidding, I had her nose buried in work books and library books daily. She wasn’t off the hook that easily!
13. I took a stroll down to the thrift store (again) today. I found the cutest, never-been-worn, blue blazer and black vintage inspired heels. Definitely struttin’ in those down Champs-Elysées. My negotiating skills are impeccable (thank you, nana!). I got them both for $10.
14. I will never, EVER, get tired of Napoli pizza and gelato. My heart aches when I think of the last day I’ll eat a box of its cheesy goodness. A brick oven just may be in the works when we move back to the states. American pizza makes me cringe.
15. Gaeta is beautiful, I love visiting. I still haven’t forgotten to post those photos and will do so soon.
16. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Jesus.