People have warned me that as I get older, time will fly faster than I've ever seen it.
I'm officially terrified.
Being just twenty-something, it's hard to imagine how fast time will go by in my thirties, forties, and so on. I realize that because I have a lot going on right now (understatement of the YEAR!), everything feels like it's happening in a fast-forward kind of way.
It won't be long until I step off the plane with my new husband (mannen min, in Norwegian) and start a life in another country. But before that happens, I've got a long to-do list to fulfill. I'm looking forward to just about all of it, and rather than feeling overwhelmed, I'm feeling overjoyed. While I'm here in California working, planning, and packing, Stian is miles away wrapping up life as a student and preparing to settle us both into a beautiful city.
In fact, he's apartment shopping (yes, shopping, buying an apartment is normal in other parts of the world) this weekend, and it's quite fun to look at floor plans and possibilities. It's lovely to talk about the future and the home we're getting ready to create - I think we often lose sight of the joy of what's to come because we're constantly surrounded by unknowns. We simply get wrapped up in not knowing how, when, and where things are going to happen, and this leads to untold frustration of which there is no immediate relief. But the very idea of actually getting our own place and ending the Skype dates someday soon is truly the light at the end of tunnel.
There is one thing that I find interesting about a lot of apartments in Norway (and I'm noticing this more and more as we look at places online): the washing machine in the kitchen. It's not this way in every home, but I'm finding that it's in quite a handful of apartments. And if it's not in the kitchen, it's usually in the bathroom. I can understand the bathroom placement, I guess, but does anyone else find it awkward to shuffle dirty clothes in and out of the kitchen? Stian and I have both agreed that we don't like that particular "feature" in an apartment, but SO MANY apartments have this! It's really amazing, actually. I guess if we get the apartment we're interested in with the machine in the kitchen (next to the dish washer of all places!), we better be on top of the laundry situation. Especially when guests come over - yikes! Talk about airing your dirty laundry!!!
Cross your fingers friends, let's all hope we have an apartment to move into when we arrive in Norway at the end of July!!