Saturday, September 21, 2013

Oh what a summer it's been

I'm alive! 

I just realized it's been more than 3 months since I last wrote. That's more than a whole summer. I'm sorry. I won't leave you like that again. 

But it was one hell of a summer. 

one of the last photos of the night

In case you didn't know, I went from Miss to Mrs. Mrs. Syk, that is. I'm still getting used to it. And trying not to think about all the weird pronunciations I have to look forward to. The joys of an old Swedish soldier's name. I'm the 61st Syk in Sweden, and in all likelihood, the 61st in the world! And the only Katie Syk, I'm sure.

We said goodbye to Stockholm in mid-July and didn't come back until the end of August. 6 weeks off. Hallelulah! 

2 weeks in Annapolis preparing for the wedding (there were just a few last details to take care of - haha)
August 3: a lifetime of wedded bliss begins!
Followed by a lazy, food-filled week with my family at our favorite Delaware beach, Rehoboth
Honeymoon! 10 days down south in Costa Rica, the land of pura vida. What an adventure! Snakes, monkeys, frogs, lizards, whales, tapirs (I didn't know what a tapir was before I saw one heading directly at me on a trail in Corcovado National Park - fortunately they're 500+ pounds of friendly ambivalence)

And our last stop: a whirlwind 6 days in San Francisco/ Sonoma Valley for V&S' gorgeous wedding

Now back to sunny Stockholm. Surprisingly sunny considering it's September 21, the "first official day of fall." I even saw a guy swimming this morning. Thank God for Indian summers to get me through the end-of-holiday blues. 

But to tell you the truth, it actually hasn't been too bad. Catching up with friends and getting back into a routine is nice, with lots more free time too. And I did come out on top with a husband and all. Another word I need to get used to. Husband. Eeeek! 

Thanks for coming back and reading, despite my lengthy hiatus. I plan to be posting now, full speed ahead. And perfect timing, too, with the darkness rapidly closing in on us, Indian summer or not.