Settled

Gina Butz transition 4 Comments

One of the most frequent questions I get here is, “So do you feel settled?” Honestly, I’m not sure what being settled means. Does it mean we aren’t eating off lawn furniture anymore? That everything’s up on the walls? That it feels like home? When people see our house, they are usually a little amazed that it does look settled. …

Weird

Gina Butz transition 0 Comments

I’ve said it before – I feel weird. I don’t mean to be weird, but I find that when I try to participate in conversation with new people, I am now “the girl who tells strange, foreign, potentially exaggerated stories.” My stories usually start with “In (fill in the blank of a foreign country)” and involve statements like, “and the …

Looking for friends

Gina Butz courage, transition 0 Comments

Boxes unpacked, check. (if I just don’t open the office door). Walls painted, mostly check. Nearest grocery store, Walmart, Target located, check. Invisible fence installed, check. Find new friends . . . oy. Truth be told, I am an introvert. A talkative introvert, which causes no small amount of dissonance for me, but an introvert nonetheless. I am tempted to …

I Miss My Friends

Gina Butz grief 2 Comments

For the first week that I was in the States, I literally did not want to talk to anyone. I had used up all my words, all my social capacity, in the weeks prior to leaving. The introvert in me was crying, “Uncle!” and I couldn’t imagine a day when I would actually want, let alone need, to interact with …