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Observations from a British expat, wife, mother and sometime write living in a strange land, ie. the US of A.
2021-07-05 08:55
 Been a long time since the r... repatriation. (For those who thought I was introducing a little Led Zeppelin, my apologies. Gaze at Robert Plant for a while instead.) Meanwhile, I… Read More
Come And Have A Butcher's
2019-05-27 16:32
Hi there. I have a LOT going on at the moment, most of which I can't talk about until the deal is sealed!Ooooh, I hear you say.In the meantime, I'm writing about my repatriation back to the… Read More
A Very Merry Un-Valentine's
2019-02-14 14:07
At the risk of sounding bah-humbug and party pooper-ish, it's quite liberating being in the UK on Valentine's Day. Nothing required at school, no last minute card-buying for distant relative… Read More
Passport Panics
2019-01-24 12:16
I was reading a thread the other day on the Two Fat Expats Facebook page, (which I highly recommend). It started with this photo, then immediately launched a flurry of "passport panic" stori… Read More
2019-01-21 17:10
Happy New Year to everyone!Haven't blogged here for a while and was wondering whether to leave it and move on. But I can't. It'd be like leaving one of my children by the side of the road. C… Read More
2018-11-03 13:20
Was looking through some of my old posts for something and found this. Seems so long ago - Not even celebrating Thanksgiving this year.-------------------------------------Well, I've sold my… Read More
2018-08-28 09:35
I'm not much one for spilling too much stuff on the blog or writing too much about members of my family. Not least because they'd all kill me.I'm making an exception this time though - for a… Read More
The Right Way To Procrastinate
2018-08-08 09:12
Did you know there's a right way to procrastinate? Me neither. I am a bit of a one for procrastination, even though I manage to give the impression that I'm a do-er. It works for me so I don… Read More
Moving - The Mental Challenges
2018-08-02 09:28
So, we're in. Almost settled. Well, it's a bit of a sliding scale really isn't it?I mean, almost everything is out of boxes, and the things we dragged all the way from the States last year a… Read More
2018-07-21 12:29
There have been more than a few old school bloggers talking about getting back into it, recently. By old school bloggers I mean bloggers who still write posts, rather than post photos of thi… Read More
Complaints? Always Write That E-Mail
2018-07-13 07:12
For years, one of my kids' entreaties to me has been "Oh mom, please don't write an e-mail." I'm not one of those complainers who sit around looking for things to ruffle her feathers, but I… Read More
It's Coming Home? Or Is It?
2018-07-10 11:17
I mean, talk about jinxing something. Everywhere you go in England, you see or hear "It's Coming Home" - a very foolhardy reference to World Cup victory, in my opinion. We haven't won i… Read More
Knickers In A Twist
2018-06-21 08:36
It's stories like this that I really missed when not living in the UK. Did you hear about the knicker revolt a few weeks ago in Colyton, Devon? No. Pop over to my column at Anglotopia a… Read More
Yet More Moving!
2018-06-01 11:44
Well, it seems we're moving again. Less than a year after the BIG MOVE, we seem to have sold our US house and bought one in the UK. (That's what I've been busy doing, in case anyone thinks I… Read More
Being Serious And Blogging Politics
2018-05-02 06:52
Now that I'm back in the UK, I'm trying to learn all there is to know about British politics. Well, kind of. A vacuum of 27 years really doesn't help things here. Watching anything that cove… Read More
It Seems I Can't Let Go Of Trump
2018-04-29 15:30
In the nine months since I moved from the US to the UK I've noticed a marked improvement in my stress levels. Oh sure, the move was hard work and very stressful; selling our US home and sett… Read More
2018-04-09 09:13
When it all kicks off on Twitter, it’s interesting to watch the poor souls who are punching above their weight. Obviously, although tempting, one doesn’t feed the trolls, but it… Read More
British Snow-Wimps
2018-03-19 09:54
I thought I'd left all this behind. Snow and cold, that is.Actually I'm not complaining. This so-called cold is not nice but it's positively balmy compared to what I've experienced in Chicag… Read More
2018-03-08 10:45
Having spent so long in the USA, I'm now enjoying the words and phrases I can say with gay abandon - without getting strange or blank looks.And writing about it at Anglotopia, so pop over th… Read More
Repat Life - So Close To Rome!
2018-02-26 17:13
Been a while eh? I'd love to say I've been rushed off my feet doing exciting things but most of it's boring domestic stuff and that's mainly because the teeny dryer's on the blink. So now, n… Read More
2018-01-27 10:09
So yes, we've been back in Blighty for six months, give or take. Thoughts?1. It's not that different when you're still doing the school run. Given that we came back to England every summer… Read More
2018 - No Resolutions, Just A New Handbag
2018-01-04 20:26
After the total s***storm (excuse the French) that was 2017, I don't believe there's any point at all in making NY resolutions. I mean, we could all be blown to smithereens if Trump is allow… Read More
Britain - A Nation Of Selfish Parkers?
2017-12-16 12:39
One of the lovely things about returning to the UK as a driver is the frequency with which other drivers let me in, out and through. In my particular part of the USA, to signal an intention… Read More
Choosing My Melt Downs Wisely
2017-11-20 08:27
A few weeks ago my maiden column for the web site "Anglotopia" launched. Anglotopia is a US based web site and blog for Anglophiles and I was talking about my recent repatriation, which… Read More
The First Kid-Free Holiday
2017-10-23 08:35
Wow - almost a month since I've blogged. What on earth have I been doing? Well, still blinkin' unpacking the house, for a start. Half a dozen cardboard boxes still in the garage, making… Read More
Getting My Body Back
2017-09-14 07:55
I should start by making sure no one thinks I had a body to begin with. We're not talking pre and post Kardashian births here. However, I used to be fit and healthy, and now I'm not. I… Read More
2017-08-09 08:55
So we've been back in the UK for almost a month already. Where did the time go? Most of our "Stuff" still hasn't arrived, so it's difficult to make the new house feel like home. I don't want… Read More
2017-07-22 10:06
Anyone who knows me would not peg me as someone overly bothered about house and home. Yes, I like things clean and relatively organized but it’s not something I obsess about. Until now… Read More
A Repatriation Sing-a-Long
2017-07-17 09:34
I would say we were “established” in our new home, but that would be a big fat porky pie (lie). We are here with some of our things, and they’re mostly lying in various pil… Read More
2017-07-09 22:43
I'm writing this sitting in an echo chamber of a family room. We gave the giant sectional/corner sofa to a young couple, the wife of which is a Brit I met in a Brit-in-Chicago Facebook group… Read More
Diaries. Keep? Chuck?
2017-05-27 20:08
I have kept diaries for years. As a child, whenever we went on holiday, my mother would give me (and I assume my siblings) a small notebook to record events and memories. I still have them g… Read More
Using Everything Up
2017-04-30 17:12
I am usually one of the people who keeps things "for best" or "just in case". Give me a beautiful bar of soap and I probably won't use it. Not because I don't like it, but because well, it's… Read More
2017-04-26 22:08
As part of preparing to move four thousand miles across the ocean after amassing stuff for 27 years here, I'm going through said stuff. I have all my cards from my 18th and 21st birthdays! C… Read More
Repat Prep - Packing Your Stuff Up
2017-04-18 21:05
Second only to figuring out how to ship the mutt to the UK without having to take out a mortgage, is how and when to ship my stuff and actually, what stuff to ship. If at all.The Ball &… Read More
Repat Training - The Meet And Greet
2017-04-12 16:57
One of the things many expats talk about is how the rules for meeting and greeting people vary from one country to another. Here in the American mid-west, everyone's into big hugs. You can m… Read More
Why Can't My Dreams Be Sweet
2017-03-03 16:19
I've written about my crazy dreams before, but honestly, sometimes they really mess with my head. I have quite a lot going on at the moment so of course, that's the cue for everything I… Read More
Trump's Words Of Choice
2017-02-17 20:01
Sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry. (Rushes in, obviously tardy, very flustered.) Been a busy month with a lot of back issues thrown in. (Yes, it's back.)It's also been a very LONG month (less three… Read More
Little Care Packages
2017-02-02 17:00
As you know, I don't normally review stuff on the blog. With what's usually going on in my life, or in the USA (cough, cough) I have enough material to blog every day if I wasn't the lazy ol… Read More
2017-01-31 14:28
So I was a guest on Metro Radio last night, which is a popular radio station in the North East of England. Alan Robson hosts Night Owls and talks to listeners about anything and everything… Read More
Why I Couldn't Stop Dancing.
2017-01-23 15:37
Been a while since I posted. We've been a bit busy over here and I've been a bit demented. Can you blame me?Anyway, on a much lighter note, I came across something slightly hilarious when so… Read More
My 2016 - Not A Bowl Of Cherries
2016-12-26 19:57
Yes, everyone's commenting on how awful 2016 has been - Brexit (if you were a Remainer), Trump (3/4 of the US didn't vote for him and the world stands horrified), the appalling refugee … Read More
Getting Crafty At Xmas
2016-11-29 19:05
A few years ago I was wondering what to do with the large collection of wine corks my son had amassed from years of his parents' consumption. Here's the post with some of the ideas.Like many… Read More
Trump - All Talk And No Trousers
2016-11-14 20:52
So. What to say. What to do? It's taken me a while to get my head around the fact that our next President (I'm a dual citizen) is going to be a casino owner/builder/reality TV guy… Read More
2016-10-19 14:05
For some reason, even though I don't do a lot of reviews, I get a lot of requests from PR people. Some bloggers spend most of their time bagging free stuff and reviewing it. Some of them get… Read More
2016-09-27 16:32
I'm spring-boarding off the Very British Problems brand, which is excellent in case you haven't heard of it.  (It's on Amazon/Acorn if you haven't seen it.)Anyway, over a… Read More
Is Trump Even Sane?
2016-09-24 22:11
So yes, we're still banging on about the election on this side of the Pond. Even more about the first Presidential debate that's scheduled for Monday. Experts are saying that it will be reco… Read More
2016-09-19 13:06
As some of you know, there's quite the gap between my first two kids and the youngest. So, for my debut blog post at the Huffington Post, I decided to have some fun with it. Hope you enjoy Read More
UK Trends - Black Pudding Makes A Comeback
2016-08-28 16:47
To the horror of many (usually in the South of England and all over the USA) I was brought up with Black Pudding. It's almost better not to ask what's in it, but basically it's pig's blood a… Read More
2016-08-22 13:55
Am I the only one who hates the end of summer? Every year, no matter where I am, how old I am or what's ahead, I feel almost depressed that another summer is coming to an end.It doesn't help… Read More
2016-08-16 11:05
So I'm in England for my annual pilgrimage and feeling a bit like a foreigner once again. As many expats discover, with each year you're gone, your mother country becomes less and less famil… Read More
2016-08-01 20:25
So I'm packing for a fairly long trip - which means major planning on my part. What (if any) parties am I going to? How much walking will I be doing? Do I have shoes to go with every pair of… Read More
The World's Gone Mad
2016-07-25 17:17
If there was a competition for the country that's going the most bonkers, I'm pretty sure the USA would squeak through as the winner right now. Oh, I know it's all a bit crazy in post-Brexit… Read More
2016-07-18 16:39
My latest post at the Expat Focus web site is about repatriation, but more specifically, I'm talking to a couple of Americans who have returned to the US after a fair stretch in England.&nbs&hell…Read More
Trump - Keeping Up With The Krazee
2016-07-08 18:46
Consider this a good deed, those of you in the UK. A sort of comedic relief from your post-referendum chaos. Actually, if you're reading this in the US, it's also a good deed because I'm rem… Read More
Oh UK. What A Mess.
2016-07-04 15:19
It's all gone a bit quiet on the other side of the Pond. After the initial "What the....?" few days, it seemed everyone sank into a combination of despair and panic. Even the Leave voters we… Read More
The Brexit Blind Date
2016-06-26 22:40
First off, I have been expat for too long to have had a vote in the EU referendum. Second, this is not a post about whether or not I agree with the result. Just the process - Imagine ot… Read More
Chicago Summer - Construction Season
2016-06-20 14:23
So, we've been out a week and so far so good, (she says, immediately jinxing things). Ex Little Guy, (now just past his 13th birthday so need a new nickname), attended metal-working camp las… Read More
2016-06-10 20:28
Well, here we are again. I swear this year went past in the blink of an eye. Yes folks in the UK, you might have just finished half term, but most of us here are already knee deep in the int… Read More
Summer In Chicago - No Jacket Required
2016-05-31 23:36
So, after the usual six months of cold, cold winter, summer is here. No warning, no "shoulder" season of jackets and no fleeces; just Wham! Summer.I have a decent collection of nice jackets… Read More
Trump - It's Happened!
2016-05-27 15:49
So yeah - it appears that the Donald has gained enough wins (to simplify a sometimes complicated process) to be the Republican candidate for the White House. I know.I mean, where to start.1… Read More
2016-05-19 17:01
There are times when I identify with Americans or the USA and times when I want to distance myself. I'm writing about the latter over at my Expat Focus column is you want to take a look.Sigh… Read More
College Boy Re-entry
2016-05-16 18:55
So it's end of the year for many college kids in the USA. (Colleges are not all on the same system so not everyone finishes at the same time.) The College Boy moved back on Saturday, and as… Read More
2016-05-09 15:14
I came across this article today - by a mother who chooses not to help her kids up the slide ladder at the park. She wants them to give it a try first and requests - "Please do not lift my d… Read More
Not Twisting, Or Bending. Really, I'm Not.
2016-05-05 20:30
So - I have one more week left of my stiff-as-a-board back surgery recovery program. No bending or twisting, and no lifting of anything over about 8 pounds. Every day I have every intention… Read More
Almost Back To The Land Of The Living
2016-04-08 16:48
Phew! Glad that's over (see previous post for a catch up). According to the doc, the surgery was successful and the herniation sitting on my sciatic nerve was "large". I kept telling everyon… Read More
Tomorrow I'll Be A Changed Woman
2016-04-03 16:52
Thanks for all your well wishes. Not been able to blog much as sitting is probably the worse position for me, and for a writer, that's a challenge. Good job I'm not the major breadwinner eh?… Read More
Surgery It Is Then
2016-03-24 17:47
Back/leg update - so after trialling (if that's a word. It isn't according to spellcheck) many pain meds and anti-inflammatories, it appears surgery is the only option left. I can't believe… Read More
2016-03-17 14:44
If the letter I received yesterday is anything to go by, it appears paying exorbitant college fees isn't quite enough these days. No. Apparently if I'm to be considered a caring parent, I ne… Read More
2016-03-08 03:34
I'm sure a shrink would have a field day with me, but I am on a diet of sorts at the moment - resisting the urge to "help" everyone. It's probably a combo of being the oldest child and femal… Read More
2016-03-02 16:02
Still on the theme of smells (Old Spice in my last post), my bloggy mate Nickie O'Hara was talking about perfumes from the 80's recently. Just Google it for a laugh; there are so many lists… Read More

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