a week ago

yesterday (monday night) was a week since we spent our first night in bitez! time passes so quickly……..

and now it is saturday night and I’m just now finishing this post. whoopsie. where does the time go? I’ve been staying up late to watch the doyers (c’mon win game 6, let’s do this!) and then all the chores and sorting and finding the right places for everything…takes some time.

screen-shot-2016-10-22-at-10-35-41-pmIt has been a bit more than a week since mini came too, and she has turned into a cuddle cat! every morning (afternoon) when we wake up she is sleeping in a ball by our feet! the other day I woke up and she was sleeping in a sunbeam. and we even took a nap one afternoon and all three of us were sleeping together on the bed. awwwww <3


bleed blue

screen-shot-2016-10-14-at-2-08-30-pmAlert! Post season baseball post: I’m still on a high from that game 5 on thursday! I woke up at 3am to watch it and we didn’t even get a hit until the 4th inning, and by that point it was past 5am so I thought I would go to bed…and then my dodgers brought the magic while I slept!! I woke up to the news that we won 4-3, with Jansen pitching middle relief and Kershaw getting his first ever SAVE! I mean, awesome! and Joc, Ruiz and Turner were all heroes, a true team effort. I am super bummed I missed this historic and amazing sounding game, but watching the clips and reading about it was pretty great too, since we won!!


So later tonight (again at 3am) our boys in blue will be at Wrigley facing the cubs in the NLCS. Let’s go, DODGERS!! Please bring the magic while I’m watching this time ūüėČ

a week ago…

…we woke up in istanbul on chez bakkal and this morning we woke up in our bitez home. And tonight is our first night with minikins! It’s nice to have our family all back together after a month apart. <3 It has been a flurry of shopping/boxes/unpacking/sorting/cleaning/visiting/everything in its right place type of week, and what a long week it has felt like. It’s also nearing 5am because I’m watching game5 with my dodgers and they best start getting some runs going because this better be worth losing sleep over! C’MON!!

The roosters in the ‘hood are all cockadoodledooing, but I think they are saying “Let’s go, doyers!”

win for vin!

I’m taking a break from packing and sorting and memory land here in istanbul and wanted to post about Vin and his last broadcasted game…sadly it was a loss but it was still a fine tribute. Thank you, Vin, for everything. We will miss you and have a wonderful retirement. And let’s go Dodgers, beat those Nats! I’m happy crying thinking about all the times that we shared, and I can’t imagine the doyers without your voice. As Vin said quoting Dr. Seuss, “Don’t be sad¬†it’s over, smile because it happened.”

made for october

It’s blue skied but rainy and the clouds and bosphorus are just gorgeous from our view, and we’re still unpacking and cleaning up the house (oh lordee don’t get me started on the bugs in the freezer, screw you elektrik company) and haven’t really started packing yet for the big move, but I don’t want to talk about all of that.

Because I get to write, for the 4th year in a row, WE WON THE WEST! GO DODGERS! 4peat! You really couldn’t have planned a better NL West clinching final home game. Seager tied it 2-2 in the 7th with a triple, but then jansen uncharacteristically blew the tie by giving up a homer. Then Seager tied it up again with a solo homer, so off we went into extra innings. Then it’s the bottom of the 10th,¬†two outs and charlie culberson comes in to pinch hit, and crushes a ball into the bleachers. His first homerun this year! Cue the champagne party!

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The way it should be! VINCREDIBLE!







And the midgets actually lost in SD, so we would have won anyways but this was way more magical. So I’m really happy and full of hope that we make it all the way to the world series this year, and then that we win it all. We had a scrappy team of misfits and we had so many people on the DL this year, including our ace for 2.5 months, but we still came together and dids it! #winitallforvin #NLWestchamps

ch-ch-ch changes

Happy fall! Lots of change is in the air for us, as we’re going to move from istanbul to bodrum, trading the bosphorus for the sea! I have had a wave of emotions about leaving our home of a bit over six years, but that means that we had a wonderful happy time there and I am grateful and thankful for all the memories and views and arnavutkoy¬†and now it’s time for a new chapter, for fresh air and a garden. It was talha and my first true place together, and then our furbaby’s home too, and it was cosy and just right. And now we will have new happy memories to create in Bodrum, inshallah, as one never knows what the future will bring and thank you God for all that you’ve given us. And now everyone has to visit us again to see our new place!

I’ll perhaps write more on this, or let it percolate in my brain more. I’m finding it difficult to put my emotions into words. I’ve never been a fan of moving. I like making up a home, and cozy-fying it, and learning a new ‘hood and finding places for my things and where to buy things, but saying goodbye to a place where I’ve spent a lot of time is difficult for me. I’ve been thinking of my places in santa cruz, and then in SF and now they are all mixed in with istanbul too, even though we haven’t yet started the packing and sorting and moving. and the cities and streets that I’ve walked and explored, how they changed once I moved but still were there, always in my heart. Change is a good thing, and I’m excited too, just aso bittersweet and happysad at the moment, trying to gain inertia.¬†It’s about time I did some funhating in bodrum however…

Yet again I’ve been lax on writing, I know. But to my defense we have been busy. We went¬†to Boston and Massachusetts at the end of august for daddy and tomma’s wedding, then came back and have been in cesme/izmir and bodrum since then basically (3 weddings in 3 weeks), so we’ve been away from ist for a month now and then we found a house here just a few days ago. I’m all discombobulated, and meanwhile the seasons are changing, although in bodrum it’s not rainy and wet yet, but you can feel it in the air. And there was a lunar eclipse in pisces, which rules the emotions, so i’m all worn out, can’t you tell? So here’s something completely different!

ps. and go dodgers! magic number is 5….! let’s do this. there’s always room in my head for baseball.

Tchau rio olympics!

Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 8.39.50 PMIt was a great two weeks of athletic feats of brilliance, heartbreak, teamwork, sweat, tears, and superstars Phelps, Bolt, Mo, Ledecky, Biles, Neymar…everything and everyone! (and yay to Turkish wrestler Taha who won Turkey’s first and only gold last night) It’s so great being exposed to all these different sports and athletes and countries, and cheering them all on. I watched as much and as many sports as I could, which was pretty much everything. I loved it! Sad to say that¬†tonight is the closing ceremony (2am our time) but it will be good to not stay up until 4am most nights in order to catch the events. My gold medal in couch potato is pretty much assured. See you in 4 years in Tokyo, summer olympics! (we’ll miss you Bolt and Phelps, if you truly are retiring!)

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*update: Here are some fun colorful carnival photos from the closing ceremony! I just watched some of the athletes start to pour in but it was late so I didn’t catch it all.

Hello on this humid night, only two days left of the Rio olympics! earlier we were watching mountain cycling and triathlon (those women are seriously hardcore! felt like a wimp watching them swim, bike and run while I was doing my 25min exercise) but later tonight BeŇüiktaŇü is back! That’s right, the super lig is starting its new season… will they be able to be the champions again? We don’t have Sosa, Tore OR Gomez any longer (sadface) but we are the black eagles, so let’s do this!!

Also here are two links for your visual pleasure, photos and illustrations, but they have nothing to do with sports.

Not much has changed in 8 years, although at the moment I’m watching women’s 3000 steeplechase. Phelps has been a beast as expected. Minik just started pawing at my feet while I was typing this. Outside it’s gorgeously cloudy and cold and no humidity for once. Feels like fall suddenly.

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break from the olympics

I’m watching some tennis as well as swimming heats (after watching a truly awesome 10,000 meter race WR. Now I really want to go for a run and conveniently it’s cloudy and overcast, not humid for once, but I’m too busy being a couch potato to actually go out for a jog) so I’m not really taking a break. I just wanted to show you these cool old photos of beautiful arnavutkoy, the cutest and best neighborhood in istanbul! I can only imagine how it was back then.

Now back to the olympics :p

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