While living abroad earlier this year, we discovered these 8 shows for kids that I'd ditch Dora for in a heartbeat.Read More
Scott's visa was approved! The Mudge and I are expecting to get our visa decisions next week.
After what seemed like endless days and a billion documents, getting Scott's approval was kind of surreal. It was like the feeling of rescue after long hours stranded by the side of the road. We congratulated each other with sighs of relief and then kind of hunkered down for the last round of applications. After all, we still needed to proverbially fix the car, meaning mine and The Mudge’s visa applications.Read More
It is hard to avoid the Fringe Festival if you are in Edinburgh in August, though I was determined to try. All it took was one great show to take me from ambivalence to fan of the Fringe. Here is what we saw:Read More
Big things are happening. Finally.Read More
Valerie here; AKA the co-author MIA. I'm just gonna cut right to the chase folks; this relocation extravaganza hit me haaaaaard. I've been keeping my head down, focusing on the kids, and have left dear Deserae to keep ITTB afloat while I figure things out. WARNING: I'm about to vent.Read More
I rarely follow a recipe.
I’m not bragging. It’s just that I’ve reached a point of comfort in my cooking skills where I can catalogue my otherwise “empty” larder and come up with a half-way decent meal with what is available. That isn’t boasting. Any cook worth their salt can do the same (that’ll be celtic gray salt for me, thanks). It is only experience that lets me walk into a kitchen with no plan and turn whatever is left of week’s groceries into something good.
Dinner yesterday was one of those on-the-fly meals. I had a roasting hen, thanks to an order with a local farm which had just arrived. I also had a bit of veg left in the fridge from other meals, and an assortment of pantry staples Valerie left behind before shipping off to Boston. I took stock, laying the options out on the counter. This is what I made:Read More
This week Scott and I flew into a foreign country to smuggle goods. In the process we abandoned a car and dumped contraband, and we did it all in one day. We even found time during our clandestine mission to stop and smell the roses – literally. Here is what happened:Read More
We didn’t mean to leave you hanging. Things have just really taken a turn for the busy. Some of the highlights:Read More
And just like that, plans change.
We had a few plans that didn’t work out. Instead, the Mudge and I fly out this Sunday morning to Edinburgh to reconnect with Scott and to stay for the summer, at least.
We are finally going to Edinburgh!!!Read More
I didn’t set out to write about my dinner. Let’s just make that clear.Read More
Options were more limited at the small town grocery stores in Kanab, Utah than we were used to in Ireland or France. But nevertheless we managed to find some foods to love here in the Southwest. Here are a few of our guilty pleasures...Read More
For us May felt a like a whole lot of nothin’ going on, since we kept waiting every day for things to materialize that would get us closer to our expat goals. Instead, a whole lot of smaller things happened while we were waiting in May.Read More
Recently, I have been kicking my French language learning up several notches. I was inspired by a list of language learning tips my brother sent me. Also, I have a deadline. Starting next month, my brother will only speak to me in French.Read More
Once in a while, when work pressures ease up, Scott cooks. When he does it is special. This dish is one of the first things he cooked for me and it made an impression. Rich in flavor and surprisingly filling, this is a satisfying meal impressive enough for guests, but quick enough for a weeknight dinner.Read More
People keep asking how long we are in the U.S., and I keep saying “at least two weeks,” but two weeks has come and gone several times now. Yet here we are, still waiting for the paperwork we need to apply for our visas to the UK.Read More