January’s Milestones

January’s Milestones Failures, Pick-Me-Ups, and Forgiving Moments

January flew by awfully quickly. January might have been was my toughest month I’ve had in a long time. With that being said, it was probably Patrick’s as well. Change and transition are a tad more difficult than I had imagined.

Please note, adventure doesn’t mean you have it all together and life is easy-peasy. Actually it’s kind of like raging cramps, an ice storm, “go-to-hell” looks, and tears.

However, in my first full month in Columbus, with my husband, there have been milestones, fun times, and new… adventures.

1. We have official word now that we will be heading out to Tanzania around the first of June. We are attempting to play our flight miles just right so we can afford to fly back for Christmas!

2. After applying to 13+ jobs, I can now successfully write a cover letter and feel confident about it. Now, I am in the process of applying for three different teaching jobs in Morogoro. Thanks to my friend, Sasha, for all her proof-reading and suggestions!

3. We have mastered driving in the snow. After having six inches of snow and still have school, it becomes normal.

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4. This chocolate is the most delicious combination you’ll ever try. I feel sorry for those who do not have a World Market close by to purchase this goodness. If I find it somewhere else, I’ll be sure to let you know! We also found pickles in a jar with the least amount of ingredients at WM. WIN! We go through a large jar a week!


5. We made tofu for the first time at home. Splashed with soy sauce and mixed with spices, corn, carrots, and avocado- it tastes like meat to me. If you want to adventure out and try tofu Pioneer Woman’s Tofu Lettuce Wraps is the recipe to try!

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6. Patrick signed up for the Flying Pig Marathon and I signed up for the Half in Cincinnati, OH this May! We will be hoping to reach our time goals. I am looking forward to running with my BFF, Kristen! We are hoping to get a marathon, or two, in while in Tanzania. Running around Mount Kilimanjaro and in Nairobi, Kenya are on our list.

7. I get to shop at the best grocery market, Lucky’s. It is small, but full. They have the most delicious local bread and sweet treats. Their prices are more reasonable than Whole Pay-Check and Sprout’s. I haven’t been to a Wal-Mart in a long time, and love it.

8. We celebrated my twenty-fifth! Although our plans to go skiing got rained out, it was a perfect mixture of exploration and being still at home. Sometimes just hanging out is the best way to celebrate. We ate at a local restaurant called Cafe Bella. They only use local food. You have to make reservations and there is no menu. When you call they ask you your food preferences such as veg or vegan, etc. You show up and magically, your food appears! You bring your own wine and drinks as well. We also drank three-buck Chuck from Trader Joe’s, consumed local beer, and saw a couple of movie’s.


9. We try harder to stay connected. When you are miles away from home, it just feels good to talk to family or your friends. I honestly talk to them more now than I did when we lived an hour and a half away. The conversations mean more.

10. I learned I need to be more patient and bigger eyes. I guess I don’t deal with change very well. Even this morning I was acting like a pissy 14 year-old who didn’t get her way. In order to have these adventures we crave, I need to be more accepting of the things I can’t fix and move along for the ride. Our budget isn’t always going to be dead-on and our sheets may go one week longer than they should before getting washed, but we are going places. I’m good with that.


What adventures are you planning? Any suggestions on facing them head on?

Security is mostly superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. -Helen Keller

I would love the suggestions!


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About kalibell

Currently, we are celebrating our fourth year of marriage. When I married Patrick, I knew it was going to be a roller coaster of an adventure. However, little did I know, we would spend more time on a plane than in our home. We are beyond excited to share our adventures of soil science, developing countries, our move up north, teaching endeavors, special education, training for our runs and tid bits of our life. Here is our stories of a PhD student and teacher attempting to stay above average, so hang with us!

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