friday present: randoms.

It's been a couple weeks, since I've written one of these posts. Busy on the home front of moving (obtaining immigration visa, deciding to move + then acting on that whirlwind decision), though that should just be a different post altogether. So let's organize the thoughts, scattered leaves: This week I'm grateful for...

So many sockets. Most houses here have one single-plug socket per room. (At its heart, Puerto Natales is still a poor fishing village, riding the wave of Torres del Paine tourism and trying to learn how to grow.) Most houses are boxes built from scrap wood and tin; the guts of the house an afterthought. The electrical wires run on the outside of the walls, making for eye level sockets--one per room, if you're lucky. (You pay the "electrician" per outlet, and why pay more?) Then comes the extender plug (usually a three-sided danger toy), maybe another extender, then all the appliances plugged in, Frankenstein fashion. Yeah, you can call it a fire hazard. 

Not so where we live now. In a house with forethought: inset ceiling lights, closets, and more sockets than I've ever seen in all of South America. We have, for instance, five sockets in the living room. Three of which have three outlets each. We're only here another three weeks or so, but one of my fondest memories of this place will be the fact that I could plug my computer in anywhere--without unplugging something else, getting tangled up or tripping. 

{the moving night by luis argerich}
Like I said, we won't be here much longer. We leave Puerto Natales on November 29. We're selling everything, so I have a good reason to make spreadsheets. I can sort by whichever column I like and filter the information as I please: Who bought what, who do I owe items to, who owes us pesos? It's overly organized, and I love it! Every day this week, someone has stopped by to take something away. It feels good to physically see less to-do items in our space. 

beach glass.
Even though I'm wringing out our home, I still want it to feel homey, livable. Right now I'm looking at a row of beach-combed glass jars. The amber one holds a duck's plume. I'll let the jars catch light on the windowsill another week or so before rolling them in newspaper and jeans. It's decided; they're coming with us to California's cold Pacific. 

{via happy mundane}
deep sleeping. 
Aside from the fact that last night I got to sleep with my guru again after six days, I'm happy that I'm still able to sleep deeply. Of course I wake up a million times in the beginning of the night to pee. Or maybe baby gets all wiggly right when I'm snuggling in and it takes me a bit to fall asleep. But for the most part when I'm there, I'm there. (I know this luxury will slacken soon, so I'll just enjoy it while it lasts!) 

Last night S had his arm draped over my belly, and baby kept swatting at his hand. Baby does this; when he feels pressure, he starts to nudge around in that area. I telepathically told baby to hit harder, but sleeping S still didn't feel a thing. This morning, on the other hand, while S was in full-on play mode with our kicking baby, I didn't even wake up. 

breakfast in bed. 

S is the morning bird, I'm the night owl and baby still gets to be both. Someday they'll share the early morning hours together preparing me great late breakfasts in bed. We'll eat feasts of yogurt and honey, fruit and Turkish toast in bed together, before going for a hike on a sunny, breezy afternoon.

What are you thankful for right now?


Jude said...

What a wonderful reflection of passing days and impending adventures in your life! I do like to-do lists to plan around something big (like an international move! :), just for the pleasure of crossing off the items. I loved the images you chose to tell the story too. Hope you get to relax more this weekend and savor the idea of new adventures in a new place soon!

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

You do choose picture-perfect images and I just adore your pearls of words. So happy that the baby is all healthy and well. The breakfast looks divine, too.

a whole lotta love said...

i absolutely love this post. there are so many things to be thankful for in this world and it is so important to not forget the small things.. right down to the sockets :) we are happier when we have an 'attitude of gratitude'. love the photos you chose too.

Dani G said...

Today I am thankful for being able to be present enough to enjoy this moment. Like, really enjoy it.

kelli g. { bug miscellany } said...

has anyone ever mentioned that your joy is positively infectious?

and i mean that in a good way, despite that gross sounding word. :)

i am very happy and thankful today to have a good friend that i work with, who surprises me with yummy food when the day is rapidly devolving into total crap. :)

Krystal said...

Haha sockets...they are such a headache to me :) I'm always confused about what voltage goes where and do I need a converter or a ...the other thing i forget what its called. And watching things go out my door was a very calming part of less thing to worry about!

Bella @Bellgetsreal said...

Such lovely things to be thankful for....sockets? yes I guess that is a reason. :)

Love hearing about your baby joys. Missing being pregnant but wouldn't want to do it again. haha
Thankful for the Weekend. Happy weekend.

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this free bird said...

Heather your posts always make me cry. I don't know why. No rhyming on purpose either. You are in such a good place in your life - honey pack up those jars for SURE. They are beautiful and such a great reminder of your time in Chile.

I love your baby stories. They're so cool!

ps-you live in socket heaven!! i WISH

Mystica said...

Nice post! very enjoyable to read.

Signe said...

This week I am thankful for that Cas got his one way ticket to Norway booked and that my mom bought us tickets to go up to the North of Norway to see them for new year :)
Been the best week in ages!

Have a great weekend dear :)

Stacey said...

Beautiful post Heather. I reckon i'll be thankful to be able to look my hubby in his eyes(face to face) for a long time... Happy weekend to you sweetie. XX

and flowers pick themselves said...

homemade potato soup, autumn weather, the wonders of netflix, good friends, reading blogs!

xo Alison

Dawn said...

Beautiful post....and so very glad you are taking your glass collection along! (Although....if you needed it taken off your hands- I can send you my address;))

Have a wonderful weekend!

Missy said...

I love the picture of beach lovely...


ilene @ muchloveilly said...

love these image!

im thankful for today. its saturday and im with my family. :)

enjoy your weekend, friend.

ayawedding said...

lovely share dear Heather,
precious details of everyday life and lovely things to think about
loves from İstanbul and Turkey

tulpen said...

I'm thankful to have read this for one.

And thankful that I won't be moving anytime soon, a lot of work that is, and me and my lazy nature would like to stay put. said...

This is such a beautiful post. Brings me into an essence of peace and tranquility. The pictures help too! Ahh lovely.

hope to hear from you~

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Holy wow, lucky you for having a place with lots of sockets!

And I love your sea glass collection, it's so beautiful and I'll admit to being a bit jealous.

Kellie Collis said...

Gorgeous! I love breakfast in bed! Enjoy the lovely week ahead, Kellie xx

shari @ little blue deer said...

So sweet, Heather! I am so excited for baby! And I am with you on the plugs, we live an ollllddd house and every plug is a firetrap! XX!

Sarah Klassen said...

I loooooove your posts, truthfully. First off, I'm so glad to hear that your new home comes with many outlets -- it's so important and hassle-free. Secondly, your little one is awesome! Too cute... as for me? I'm thankful for supportive people around me, good food and eating together each night as a family :) ... oh yes, and for Autumn -- goodness, I love it!


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Emily, Ruby Slipper Traveller said...

It must feel very strange to be leaving, and to change location so drastically. I liked reading your reminiscences, and definitely feel that the sea glass coming back it the right decision...

Poppies and Sunshine said...

Right now I am thankful for a cozy warm bed, since it is so cold right now! I love beach glass too! It is so beautiful.
I hope it is not stressful right now as you are in transition. I hope your new adventures are wonderful!

justine said...

I have really enjoyed reading your posts, they are so interesting and I love the way you write and your lovely photographs. I have become a follower too.


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