I’ve got some catching up to do

Oi, things are getting right back to normal around here.  How do I know?  We got our internet hooked up, and now I’m up to my neck in work!  Which is fabulous but I’ve had no time for blogging.  I haven’t had time to finish any of my Weeds recaps (I’ve got 503 half done but that’s about it) and the new travel blog is coming along at a snail’s pace.

I am making huge strides in work though.  I finally stopped being stubborn about learning Adobe Illustrator, and now I’m in love with it.  I don’t know what my problem was, I should have learned it along time ago, but I’ve just been holding onto Photoshop since high school and was too afraid to try something new.  It took only a day to get the hang of it, and now I’m attempting to layout a 35 page help manual for a website all in Illustrator.  It takes me hours just layout one page (I’ll get faster with time) but they’re gorgeous pages, and I’m thrilled.  Now I no longer carry the immortal shame of being a graphic designer who doesn’t know Illustrator.

Adana is still treating us well, but we did have a little psycho-drama with Grandma earlier.  She took his cross necklace from our bedside table while we were sleeping and hid it.  She doesn’t understand why it’s important to him, and thinks she’s doing it for his own good (Muslim country, blah blah blah).  We tore the room apart looking for it, she denied taking it, and even called the police to convince us she was innocent.  Even they could tell it was a bunch of stupid drama.  Right after they left, the cross mysteriously showed up in the hat he was wearing and took off right before the police came to the door.  We just pretended like we didn’t find it and stayed out of the house for the rest of the day.  Total waste of an afternoon, I was so pissed, but I was impressed at how well Hubby kept his cool about it.  Needless to say we are ready to move out of here!

He wants to move to Antalya, on the west coast of Turkey, and after seeing some pictures on Google, I’m all for it.  Check it out:



I think you can see why I didn’t need much convincing!  It’s a total tourist town, and people have been telling us it’s boring in the off season because no one is there, but that sounds more like a selling point to me.  Plus there’ll be lots more English and American people around so I don’t have to be the deaf-mute in all conversations.

I’ll get back to blogging as soon as I catch up on this work, promise.


8 Responses to “I’ve got some catching up to do”

  1. Leese Says:

    I give you SO much credit for standing by your husband… I know it’s your life and to you it may seem like no big deal but you left everything you know… moved to another country and in with Psycho Grandma.. believe me, you are my hero!! Marriages have broken up for less and it’s a testament to your strength and the strength of your love and relationship that you are where you are…

    I normally don’t post things like this but it’s almost 2am and I’m devoid of caffeine!! LOL

    Anyway… best of luck in everything.. and take comfort in knowing that no matter how tough things get, you have each other and not a lot of people can say that!!

    BTW.. yes! Move there! I need a vacation spot!! LOL

    It’s so funny, Leese, you’re not the first one who’s had that reaction, like “Wow, you’re moving your whole life?!” But, I dunno, I didn’t really give it a second thought. He and I have already been through so much together, even before the deportation thing, that it didn’t feel that outrageous to me. I know if the situation was reversed, he would do the same for me in a heartbeat. We are very thankful for each other, and our relationship just gets stronger as we go. Heck yeah, come vay-cay with me on the Mediterranean! I’ll add you to the list.

  2. Amanda Blog and Kiss Says:

    Wow so glad to hear that you are settling in just fine (grandma-drama aside). What do you think about Turkey so far? I loved it there (Izmir), but I hear Antalya is the place to go. The ‘Riviera of the South’, so they say!

    I’m totally supposed to be in Antalya this September for a yoga cruise! I’ll let you know if it pans out!

    Please do! I think we’ll be there by then, we’ll hit the beach and party the night away. Actually hubby and I have already been talking about a trip to Holland, don’t know when yet, but it’s first on our list of places to visit on this side of the Atlantic.

  3. birdpress Says:

    Wow, you are just right back to work! How cool! I love how you seem to settle in so easily. Talk about going with the flow of things! Antalya does look beautiful and I agree on all your selling points.

    All credit really goes to my Hubby. His drive to succeed had doubled since being booted out of the country, it’s kind like, “What? You don’t want me? Fine, I’ll take my business elsewhere and be 3x more successful without your silly country.” You know that saying, “Success is the greatest revenge.” That’s what I kept reminding him the whole time he was locked up, and now he’s really taken it to heart. For me, having him back makes me work better, we bounce lots of ideas off each other, and he knows how to use Illustrator better than I do. All the layouts I did for our client while he was gone were terribly ugly, now I’m re-doing all of them. Having the internet here also makes me feel right at home!

  4. tvsnark Says:

    I didn’t know you were a designer? I’ve been using photoshop/quark for years and I also avoid Illustrator. I love indesign and learned it in a day.

    I’m envious of your relationship. The fact that you didn’t have to think twice says it all.

    Holland, huh?? 😉

    Heck yeah, Holland. We know a few buds there, literally. 🙂 Amanda Blog and Kiss is an ex-pat living there, and my Hubby knows some people in Rotterdam.

    I’ve been doing graphic design since high school, but I got burned out on it right before college and majored in Theatre instead. Now I never use my degree and wish that I had gone to school for graphic design, it would make things go so much easier now. Hubby and I have been doing this web business for about a year now; we basically design web apps and web pages for people. I write a lot of the documentation, he does all the coding. Illustrator is not that bad, just takes getting used to. It reminds me a lot of Pagemaker, did you ever use that one? I’m finding that Illustrator does all the things I’ve been wishing Photoshop would do for years.

  5. thegirlfromtheghetto Says:

    Glad that I finally stopped by and caught up with everything that has been going on with you. Whew, what a mess. I’m sorry to hear you are now living outside of the US, but hey, at least your man is back in your arms. I have a friend who just moved back to Cyprus after living in the US and Canada for about 17 years. While his life is more simplified, and he makes less money, he and his family enjoy it. I hope that this forced move will work our for the two of you in the end. What is going on with his kids? Will the mother allow overseas visits?

    Yeah, I helped his ex-wife apply for passports for the kids before I left. (Paid for them too, she’s broke and refuses to work). She’s in agreement for now, but that’s going to be a whole process in itself. Haha, funny enough my mother in law got the oldest (4 yr old) a cellphone that can only receive and make calls from certain numbers, and she’s going to give it to her this weekend…I just hope it doesn’t take a bath in her morning cereal! His ex can’t be relied upon to pay her own cellphone bill so it’s usually turned off, and we’d like the kids to be able to talk to us.

  6. kilax Says:

    Antalya looks beautiful! I would want to get away from the crazy grandma too. Aren’t all grandmas a bit crazy?! 😉

    I resisted learning InDesign forever! Illustrator took me awhile too, but know I love them both.

    Haha, no kidding. My own grandma on my dad’s side is a kleptomaniac. She’s even been banned from Wal-Mart. She’s nice as can be though… His grandma is also nice, but she’s mad OCD. She yelled at him today for putting one of her chairs in our office, apparently (I don’t understand Turkish) she was telling him that chair is only supposed to go on carpet, ummm…the only problem with that is there’s not a stitch of carpet in the whole apartment! There’s three huge balconies on the apartment as well but the doors to all but one are taped shut because she’s afraid of dust. She made a big production today about sweeping under our bed and then showing me all the dust on the mop, like we had brought it with us or something. Hah!

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