When I first got back to California we spent most of our time running errands and going to our favorite places. I wanted to catch up on all of the food that I had missed. Kentucky Fried Chicken definitely was one of them! Not the chicken of course, but the mac n cheese, mashed potatoes, cheese balls etc. is delicious! It was wonderful being surrounded by mountains and beautiful sunsets disappearing behind them again. It was overwhelming to be back so I didn't want to see any other people but Nick on some days. As much as I absolutely love seeing everyone again after being so extremely alone, I need my balance. Nick can hang out with friends almost every single night without any problem. But I need my alone time about every other day. I am emotional person with lots of thoughts so I need time to process that. One other reason for why I wanted to take it slowly in the beginning was because I barely knew anyone of Nick's new friends. They aren't exactly new friends, but when so many moved away during the year he started hanging out with other friends who he hadn't seen for a long time. That meant that I came back into a completely new group of people that I had to get to know. During the past three years, being an au pair and meeting Nick, I have met so many new people that I am honestly a bit tired of introducing myself over and over. After a while your brain gets exhausted by all of the new impressions. I missed Sofie so bad and just wanted to hang out with someone who knew me already. But a month into this experience I feel like I have finally gotten to know most of them and I now consider them to be my good friends :)
On December 17th we were invited over to Tasha and Oliver's house. They live just three houses down the street from us but this was the first time I got to meet them. In the evening when we got ready I was reminded of something cute that one of our cats do a lot. When we showered we all of a sudden heard Buggy mjauing outside the door. So we let her inside and she wanted to jump into the shower too. She can sleep all day and night and it so quiet. But she is so interested in all of the typical human things that we do. Like showering, or cooking food in the kitchen. Buggy looks at us with her big eyes like she genuinley wants to understand what is going on. While cooking food she often runs between our legs and begs for us to cuddle with her. And when we come back after being out somewhere, she is the only cat who ever greets us in front of the house. Her mjauing has no boundaries then :P I have missed that little cutiepie so much.
The Christmas sweater party at the neighbors house was great! I got to meet plenty of new people but also old friends who live there. The guys played their guitars as they always do, we all brought Christmas treats and also something for the White Elephant gift exchange. I ended up picking a present full of spicy sauces. You can imagine Nick's reaction :P he hugged those bottles all night, lol. We also got our very first wedding present from Kristie and John! They gave us a nice crockpot which is great for us who always cook a lot of food :) I am happy to now know our neighbors better since I am sad to not have my Swedish friends around. It helps to get to know new people even though they of course don't replace any other friends in my heart. But there sure is space for more friends in there :)