Whisked Life

Thursday Things: Saying Goodbye Again

I’m leaving tomorrow night for Kokshetau, Kazakhstan. It’s been a long time coming. Marc signed his contract to play there in June – before we were even back in Wisconsin. I’ve now been here for five months. I’ve gotten to spend some amazing time with my family and my friends. I’m so lucky that I live a life that allows me to travel the world and still gives me the opportunity to spend quality time with my favorite people. My time here has been especially meaningful to me. I’ve gotten to spend some quality down time with my friends and I’ve even made some great new friends.


A few weekends we went to Chicago to visit our friend Kathryn. I had been there a few times to visit in years past, but it had been a while and Sarah and Chelsea weren’t there. It was so much fun. We had an amazing weekend.

moules frites troquet

Kathryn picked a cute little French restaurant for us to have lunch at – Troquet – and they had my favorite – les moules frites (mussels & fries). They were so delicious.  Then we went to an all-you-can-eat sushi place where we packed away 14 rolls, edamame, miso soup and a few pieces of nigiri. Needless to say, we were so full.

Wasabi Wills

In the morning we went to the local Packers bar to watch the game. It was so cool to be in Chicago and cheering on the Pack with a bunch of other Wisconsin people and Packer fans. The place was absolutely packed and we had trouble even finding a seat.

This past Friday night, I went to Olive Garden with a few of my favorite friends and we went out for drinks and dancing afterward. It was the perfect girls night – complete with a BFF sleepover and a morning of watching stupid TV in bed with Chelsea and Theresa.


And the next night, we went bowling at the tiny little bowling alley where our gym class went bowling in middle school. Yes, it’s a bar/bowling alley and we walked there with our teacher once a week in middle school because that’s what happens when you live in a small city and go to a teeny tiny Catholic middle school – you go bowling at a bar. I find that so ironic and I love it. But we went bowling there on Saturday night and we had a blast – even if I’m not as good at bowling as I used to be…

Bowling bowling shoes

But, now the fun has to end so that I can be with my husband and have fun with him. I don’t know what my future holds in this new country, but I’m sure that it will be wonderful because I will be with my love. Two more days until I see him, and I can’t wait!

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    October 31, 2013 at 10:45 am

    hi Melissa! I completely forgot (or I hadn’t read the “About Me” in a while) that your husband plays hockey overseas. I am in the same situation! My husband plays basketball overseas, and I just moved to Athens, Greece this year. It’s my first year abroad away from everything I know..but it’s definitely a fun adventure most of the time. Good luck to you this year living abroad! I love your recipes and blog, so thank you for sharing it with all of us 🙂

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      Melissa Belanger
      November 1, 2013 at 12:16 am

      Athens? I’m so jealous! Are you loving it so far? I spent a lot of time dwelling on the differences/inconveniences in the beginning when we were living in France and now that we aren’t there anymore I really regret not enjoying every second of it. I did enjoy most of it, but if I had one bit of advice that would be it. The more you embrace it, the better. Oh and take as many pictures as you can. I wish I had started documenting and blogging from day one. Anyway, I hope you love it, and would – of course – love to hear all about it! Good luck to you, your husband and his team this season!

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