It took six months, but when we came back to our apartment in Nashville after the new year, I finally felt right calling it home. I guess it took being away for a couple of weeks. Moving away from Louisville was much harder than I expected. We miss our friends, our old apartment, going to UofL sporting events, and even work. We still thought of Louisville as home and Nashville as more of a temporary move. But now, while I still miss Louisville and we may end up back there some day, I was glad to be back in Nashville.
Since this is a new phase in our life, I’m going to try to get back to blogging to document our adventures and misadventures. I blogged when I moved to England, and I blogged when we were preparing for our wedding, so now I’ll blog as a Ph.D. student. Writing has always been an outlet for me, though I haven’t always the been the best at writing regularly. In Oxford, I would often write when I was feeling lonely, frustrated, or sad, so that was the side people read about, and while I’ve experienced all those emotions many times in my first semester at Vanderbilt, I’m going to try not to let that dominate my writing so people can see the good side too.
I was organizing pictures today, and they made me realize what amazing experiences I’ve had, even in just the past year. We’ve been so busy going from one adventure to the next that we haven’t really gotten to share with our friends and family our trips around the world, so that will be my first goal in this blog. Then maybe I’ll throw in some stories on the exciting times of being a married couple who studies all the time. I’m also going to try to utilize my other website, www.thebookofkales.com, to write about my cooking experiments. If anything sounds good, plan a trip down to Nashville to visit! We’d love to see you!