We have a home!

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Ladies and Gentlemen-

1. We have a home! I cannot even begin to describe how amazing it is to mop, iron, scrub the toilet, and assemble Ikea furniture.

2. I discovered Costco about 1 hr away!!!!!!!!! And they accept our American membership card!!!!!!!!!!!!! After a week that crushed my sanity, I just dashed through the aisles crying with happiness and throwing anything within reach into the cart. You will be comforted to know that David patiently took nearly everything out of the cart. I was never as happy as when I saw those sexy packages of 12 paper towel rolls. (In regular grocery stores they sell 2 rolls for ₤ 2! Insane.) Life finally makes sense again.

3. Ikea is about 1 hr away and we got a kitchen table and a desk. We are also exploring some charity shops to see if we could get a cheap couch. The bed the landlord ordered should arrive some time this week. For now we are on a futon mattress but at least we finally got a blanket and some bedding yesterday after spending 2 nights fighting over an airplane blanket.

4. On Thursday we are leaving for a mini break to Paris to celebrate David’s 30th bday. We are coming back Monday night.

5. We went to Farnborough Airshow–the biggest airshow in the world. We saw F16, F18, Chinook, Spitfires, etc.–all nearly within our reach. It was pretty awesome. The Chinook dropped off a Land Rover and a trailer that were hanging from it plus a small reconnaissance unit and then another Land Rover that was inside it. It was doing all these cool maneuvers. It is very acrobatic. Then the army guys fired a flare and it came back and they staged pick up of a wounded comrade. It was AWESOME.

7. Church. The branch meets in a school very close to the office. There are about 50 members and they are all bound on making us stay forever. They are desperate to increase the membership. I think they would give me a medal if I had a baby. There are about 4 kids total. We are speaking in 2 weeks. With a branch that size I can only assume that everyone gets to talk several times a year! Again, everyone has been extremely welcoming. We had a great activity this week–virtual tour of London while eating fish and chips. Union Jacks everywhere. It was so British! I have also noticed that it is impossible for anyone to give a lesson or teach without mentioning Hitler or Churchill. Last Sunday school lesson was on bad/good leaders and that was a real WWII trivia extravaganza. I was laughing so hard–in my head of course. (And yes, I still talk to myself.) David is finally starting to realize that what I have been telling him about all the European nations hating each other is absolutely true.

8. Our address:

9. We live in an extremely quaint village…with a Rolls Royce dealership. Yeah,  we live in a ridiculously posh area with only 2 pounds in our pocket. It is rather funny.

10. Love you all.

Our English Cottage



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