an anniversary

I recently passed my one-year mark for living in Thailand. And in a few days, I will fly back to the states. I’m only going to be stateside for about a month, and then it’s back to my Asian home.

Obviously the greatest source of excitement is the thought of seeing and squeezing and loving on my family and friends and a bunch of new babies. If I could just sit back and soak in all of that love, I would…but there are a few other things that I can entertain myself with so they don’t get sick of me too quickly. I made a little list, of course.

THINGS MEGAN IS EXCITED ABOUT

– Mountains. I have literally been dreaming of the rocky trails I used to run. Cannot wait to visit all my favorite spots. I’m even excited at the thought of running through my parents’ neighborhood without the promise of tripping on loose street tiles or getting hit by a cab. I’ll probably still trip but at least the streets are cleaner when I fall.
– Dutch Bros. Because coffee. Served by people who at least act like they like you and your money.
– Dry heat. I haven’t looked at the temps in CA or AZ for March, because I do not care. There will be no humidity and that’s all that matters.
– Good hair days. No humidity, no lion’s mane. Saw a girl on the train today with great hair, and thought to myself…”I haven’t had great hair in over a year.” First world problems, I know.
– Food. Berries, avocados, lemons, cheese. Veggie burgers, Acai bowls, American breakfasts that don’t include hotdogs in place of bacon. I’m gonna order a pizza that doesn’t possibly have corn or mayonnaise on it. I’m gonna eat a different delicious salad every day (harder to find here than you’d think). I’m going to smash avocados all over Ezekiel bread every. damn. day. When I’m in California, I’ll survive solely on fish tacos. I hope some of my girlfriends are ready for Postino. And Citizen. And La Grande Orange. And I’m sure a ton of new deliciousness has cropped up. (very Megan of me to write the most about food)
– Spin class with Andrew and Jaclyn. Yoga with my parents.
– Hometown sunsets.
– Driving to my destination. I will no longer complain about how spread out everything is in Phoenix…at least I won’t have to take twelve different forms of transportation to get there.
– Going to church with my family – and bonus, for Easter! I haven’t gone here because it’s not necessarily the practice I miss, but the people at my childhood church. Although I feel like I should just prepare a pamphlet with an FAQ to hand out.
– And of course, my little trip to a little Michigan beach town to see my grandparents. Too far and few between those visits.

Of course, there’s more. But I told myself I’d pack a bit tonight so I’m not throwing things in a bag an hour before I need to leave for the airport, per usual.

And here are some pictures from the last time I was home, because God forbid I do a post without photos.Processed with VSCOcam with a1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with b1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset Processed with VSCOcam with 4 preset

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