Fish Feet: Updates of the Random Nature

by farrah on August 20, 2014 · 0 comments

I’m currently in a state of limbo- waiting for something to happen, trying to enjoy the present, and worrying about the future. We’ve got a lot on the horizon right now, and it’s starting to eat at me in little bits. Like those fish spas people go to to stick their feet in tanks and the little fish nibble off the dead skin. I’m the feet. Ok, that’s a really gross analogy- but I think you get what I’m saying.

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Back To School Shopping Expat Style

by farrah on August 18, 2014 · 4 comments

One of the few things I seem to share with my US parental counterparts is that this exact moment is back to school shopping time. I feel like so much of the school year we’re off a little bit with holidays and other events (bus riding, kinder roundup etc) that this is the one time that I can truly relate to a rather expensive endeavor. Well, almost. We don’t get the obscene school supply requirements- thankfully. But, we all still do the ritual of back to school shopping- which as expats puts a bit of a spin on the experience. Can you imagine BTS without Target?!

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Last night I went to bed very early. Like 8:00 early. I was a little nervous, as when I’ve done this in the past I ended up waking around midnight unable to fall back asleep. My fears came true and I did wake up, but it was due to an awful nightmare. It bothered me so much that in the dark I fumbled around, found my phone and typed into the notes what it was about. Unable to fall back asleep, I tried to figure out what the nightmare meant. And then I circled it all the way back around to my 20th high school reunion.

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Being Back: Here and There

by farrah on August 13, 2014 · 13 comments

A couple of weekends ago I was back in the States for the first time in almost two years. I came to town for my 20th reunion, and I’ve made it pretty well-known on FB that I had a blast seeing everyone. I got a (quick) chance to see my family- as well as Napa who lives with my parents. But other than that- what was it like? You know, being back? I’ve pretty much fallen head over heels for the NL and Europe in general, so what scathing observations could I make about the good ‘ole US of A?

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Truth is: None. Nothing you probably haven’t heard before or assumed for yourselves. I’m not going to sit here and bash anyone or anything from some imaginary high perch judging over anyone else. In all honesty, I had a really nice time back ‘home’. It was strange to be there without my family, and it was over before I even adjusted to the time difference- but other than just a few things I picked up upon after being back, it was pretty much a ho-hum experience.

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Being our second summer in a row vacationing in the Dordogne region of France, I don’t know how we’re going to top this one. From start to finish we were on the go every single day- and with an entire week in this magical countryside, I can easily say Dordogne is a perfect family vacation destination considering we never had to drive over 30 minutes to these places. Well worth the 10 hour drive from the NL!

Dordogne with kidsThe boys perfecting their tourist shot 

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I’ve been home since Tuesday morning. As I write this, I’m still not sure if it’s Thursday or Wednesday- but I’m sure it’s close. I am back in the land of the living and pretty sure my jet/travel lag is gone. That said- I’m pretty traveled out for now and happy to be home. The boys are treating me like some kind of worshipped idol- which totally makes up for the fact that the weather here is dismal and not summer-y AT ALL for the moment.

The euro travels

Because I am very impatient (and thus will never be a writer) I just can’t wait to download on the events of the past few weeks. I need to sit down and devote separate posts to this year’s Dordogne escapades (as we did so much more this time around) and then fill you in as to why and how Ibiza is NOT just for 100 pound, large breasted blond twenty somethings. I could go on for days about that and how wrong I was about Ibiza not being for me– so I’ll just leave it here for now and get to it when I get to it. I will say this- if you can, freaking go there as quickly as possible and be sure to hit the island of Formentera!

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We’re home! We got back Saturday night after being in the car for 10 hours. My goodness this trip to Dordogne was fantastic and I have some thorough post ideas coming up when I’m back to normal in about a week. Today I just wanted to jot down our experience with the boys this trip and the absolutely insane things that they fought about while we were away.

This was the first real vacation we’ve taken that I feel the boys were all on the same page. They like the same stuff, no one’s the ‘baby’ in a stroller (no stroller!), they can wear the same clothes- and they ABSOLUTELY all love to argue. Hence, this 20 hour round trip pilgrimage  provided my husband and I with some very, very interesting things to ponder.

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I’ve written before how I am lucky to have so many talented friends in my life since I’m still searching for whatever my ‘skill’ might be. Today I have the pleasure of introducing to you my friend Sara of Sara Theisen Design. She’s the mastermind of her own company and has a great eye for creative design. I should admit that I’m also a little biased as she’s a fellow Michigan State grad.

Sara Theisen Design

Sara Theisen Design is a full-service print and design studio that offers a wide array of services including identity and branding, print design, invitations and announcements, stationery packages, personalized stationery, creative design templates and now offers custom word art canvases. She offers a variety of styles of birth announcements, baby shower invitations, birthday party invites, graduation announcements, save the date and holiday cards with three unique delivery options to suit your needs.

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My Bakfiets is Kaput

by farrah on July 17, 2014 · 6 comments

I’m not very happy today. Yesterday was rough on the boys and I– as I managed to hit something and break part of my bike (bakfiets). You know, the one that I ride several times a day, every day- toting the boys to and fro and simply love riding. So I’m bummed that my main mode of transportation is currently out of commission, but also fear the logistics of fixing it: The how, when, and IF. *sob*.

Broken MadsenBehold my mad MacGyver skills.  [click to continue…]


Horrible Things I Can’t Wait To Eat

by farrah on July 16, 2014 · 25 comments

The other night I used one of my precious cans of Campbell’s soup to make a chicken recipe. It was broccoli cheese soup and I made ‘chicken divan’ from the back of the label. I didn’t add any salt, nor use the ‘suggested’ cheddar cheese because (ironically) here in the land of cheese cheddar is somewhat of an abomination. Anyhow- the dinner was delicious- albeit the saltiest thing we’ve eaten in ages. We all felt rather gross after dinner, and that got us talking about the horrible foods back home I can’t wait to eat in a few weeks.

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