Happy Twenty13!

I finally feel like I'm settling in to America. That only took 5 months.

Reverse culture shock is real, yo.

In this post I talked about how I'd order the wrong thing at Starbucks because I felt rushed. It seemed like everywhere I went there were too many choices, and things cost way too much money.

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I don't know how single-income families make it these days! Especially in an expensive state like California. I'm baffled at how quickly my paycheck disappears each month, and the latest tax hike didn't help matters. Even living in a teeny apartment with no car payments we are still scrimping every month. Maybe it has something to do more with being a med-student's wife, but I doubt it.

It's still nice to be back in the U.S. of A.

I must admit that I'm loving the convenience of being in America. A short list of things I appreciate more after living in Dominica:
  1. the dishwasher
  2. real cat boxes & litter
  3. Target
  4. reliable internet
  5. owning a car
  6. Starbucks
  7. ziplock bags
If anyone still reads this blog, thanks for hanging in there. There are plenty of adventures left to be had.

How are YOU Doing?

XO and cheers to Twenty13!


Kate said...

I'm still here! I can't imagine all the misadventures you've had getting readjusted : ) I have sticker shock at the grocery store and I've been here the whole time! If you really want to hate life, start looking at house prices and then compare to somewhere remote. Or not even remote - I could get a house here in Northern VA for $500k that would only cost $140k in Charlotte, NC. I die a little every time.

But it's good to hear from you : ) I've missed your updates and don't care how often you manage to find time for one, I'll be reading!

tnicgee said...

I love when you blog for several reasons Mrs. Price. A) It makes me feel closer to you. B) It makes me feel that I'm not alone in this reverse culture shock. C) Because I love you and how you write.

ps. Can't wait to "hangout" tonight. xoxo

erin e flynn said...

yay! you're back! =D

i used to live in Germany, so i understand a bit of the culture shock! i forgot at how quickly we hurry people out of restaurants in the US, but also forgot how friendly Americans are compared to some other cultures!

Tyler said...

I totally understand wondering how people make it.. I feel like we barely have any money, and I know there are people with kids who make as much as we do.. and I'm always wondering how they make it work! I guess ya just gotta do what ya gotta do!
Glad to hear from you dear! I hope your new job is still going well :)

Melissa said...

I have never thought of reverse culture shock - must be crazy coming back to a place that is always so rushed (and expensive!). Must be a little tricky to adjust back to life in US after living in a tropical island but I am sure that Target and Starbucks can make it a little easier. ;)

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Shannon Friedman said...

Hello Katie! Great to hear from you. I think you are right, it is expensive here-particularly in CA. Love your grateful list! Had me laughing out loud.
Cat litter? ouch-that would be a pain!

Empirically Erin said...

hey lady!! Hope you're doing well. Nice to read something from you. :)

Claire Kiefer said...

OMG it's sooooo expensive in California! This past weekend I went to a wedding in Oklahoma and my friend who got married just bought a house in OK . . . her mortgage is $449/mo. Which includes taxes. And it's a 3 bedroom!!!! That is less than 1/3 our rent for a 2 bedroom, 1 bath apartment in Oakland. Unbelievable!

Sometimes it gets really overwhelming. Sigh.

Bridey said...

It's good to see you're back! It can take a while for your home country to feel normal again after being away for a while - and the differences between Dominica and the US must be huge!

Unknown said...

Glad you're blogging again!

That t-shirt is the story of my life. I have been the queen of budget friendly crock pot meals and quiet wine nights with friends lately. I'm determined to stick to my budget and make a sizeable dent it my student loans this year.

Oh hello, Love said...

Hello old friend!! I'm still here, reading and following along! Glad to see that you're doing well. And of course, I can't wait to be reading more from you :)

Kristin W said...

I would certainly say it doesn't have much to do with being in med school. Between student loans and...student loans, my paycheck is done-zo. Feel ya on that one.

Never thought I've been taking litter boxes and ziploc bags for granted!

Whit said...

I'd like that shirt, but I can't afford it. ;)

I love Target, but my budget does not. I have to stay far, far away! If you've got any amazing budget tips...share away! Long Island COL sucks!!!

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

Readjusting is SO hard! Good luck!!!

Anonymous said...

Bleh, we're always broke too. It's so depressing to work so hard and never have anything to show for it. We couldn't afford to be a single-income family at the minute - I don't know how families with children cope :( nice to be reading your blog again :)

Anonymous said...

Ugh, yes, life is expensive -- especially on the coasts! So glad to hear you're feeling like you've re-acclimated, though. I love that Target is on the list of things you appreciate about being stateside again. xo

Kristin B said...

Duuuude, so great to hear from you! Hope all is going well despite some of the crazy re-adjustments to US life. :)

Jennifer M. said...

This is why I'm 33 and still have never had my own place. I've always lived w/ roommates or family, even when working full-time jobs, simply because I was unable to afford even a small apartment on my own (and haven't ever married, so no double-income yet). Especialy on the coastal states, it's been very tough economically these last few years. Hopefully now that I'm studying to become a graphic designer, I'll finally be able to afford my own place once I start working in that field!