No not the pottery. Things have been a little crazy in the Potter household over the last couple of months and are likely not to calm down for a couple of more. Unfortunately a lot of that stuff has little to do with being expats. Its just life stuff. Just a taste of what we’ve been up to:
Of course all this leaves less time for writing Maastricht Minutiae and, sadly, no time for podcasting.
All this ‘life’ stuff just has me running in circles and frustrated with myself and my circumstances. Things are good, but the ‘not easy’ part of living has reared its ugly head. As everyone else is celebrating a renewal, I’m feeling buried with obligations. Frustrating. My choice and I’m doing what I enjoy but frustrating none the less.
Part of all this may simply be that one year is long enough to get comfortable with the physical place I’m living in. We’ve done so much exploring around Maastricht, and its been so cold all winter, that there hasn’t been as much incentive to get out and do things that are worth writing about. At the same time, we’re still in an in-between stage socially and culturally (and busy with work). We’ve met lots of great of people but no one we could invite over at the drop of a hat to play Settlers (if we even had time). That’s pretty normal for us, neither of us are social butterflies, but it never makes this stage of living in a new city easy.
On the upside, Dan & I went for a lovely Stadspark stroll Easter Day to clear our heads and get out of the house. Despite the gray skies and little sprinkles it was a fairly nice day. And we found a face in a tree, which was strange… (Today it’s actually sunny out but I don’t think I’ll be out to enjoy it.) It was good to just walk for a bit and then have a beer and tosti for lunch just like we did when we first moved here. I’m hoping to force us out for more adventures around Limburg as the spring warms and summer comes along. With that to do, I’m sure my mood will look up.