The (Dying) Art of Christmas Cards

by farrah on November 2, 2016 · 0 comments

People that have known me for years and years know that I have had a somewhat crazed obsession with Christmas cards. I can remember the first ones I sent out in probably Christmas 2001. This was life pre-Facebook of course, so getting a card with a quick update in the mail from me was probably something unexpected. I didn’t go on and on or anything- I probably just signed my name and mailed it off. But that started a tradition that I’ve been doing ever since.

cards1The first years… [click to continue…]


A (Very) Happy Expat 4 Years To Us!

by farrah on October 30, 2016 · 2 comments

Yesterday I was talking to someone and she asked how long we have been in Europe. I always remember the exact date we arrived because it is the day before Halloween. ‘Oh!’ I exclaimed in surprise… ‘that’s tomorrow!‘.

holland-1Pic from 4 years ago before we left the US in Disney World. [click to continue…]


The Face of Want

by farrah on August 29, 2016 · 0 comments

I woke up this morning and scrolled through my FB feed while still in bed. I like to do this- firstly, it’s the slow start that I need for the act of waking up. Second, I like knowing as soon as I wake if all is well in the world (most days this is the case). Third, waking up to friends sharing happy pictures and funny quips isn’t a bad start to the day. So this morning as I scrolled I saw this photo and it has been on my mind all morning: (cropped from the original)

emilyImagine my surprise seeing my grumpy face in the background! [click to continue…]


The Thing About Work

by farrah on August 12, 2016 · 6 comments

I grew up in a household where you worked. You had a job- most often one that you didn’t really like. My father- like so many others of his generation growing up in the Detroit area, went to Ford after his time in the service. For as long as I can remember he worked hard in a dirty, hot, physically intense factory pouring steel. He worked all hour shifts which rotated from days, afternoons and midnights. The phone often rang in the middle of the night or early morning hours and my father always went in. Holidays were a crapshoot- I remember one Christmas we got up at 2am to open presents so he could see us do so before he went to work.

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We’ve been back on NL ground for about 24 hours. In that time, you can imagine how we’re feeling- overwhelmed, tired, and bursting with what went on in the past week or so. I promised the boys that I would write it all down not skipping a detail for posterity.

IMG_9495What it’s all about

Many of the details are probably very similar to someone going to visit relatives and friends on a vacation. But- there’s a difference when you’re coming all the way back from overseas after a couple of years’ worth of absence (such as expat life). Fortunately nothing bad happened to us (unlike our attempt back in 2014 when we all were flu ridden) but Murphy’s Law and all that. [click to continue…]


Big Wins in the Mundane

by farrah on May 31, 2016 · 6 comments

One of the things new expats need to do (as soon as possible) is get into their community and figure out how to get things done. I’m not talking about big things- like buy a car, navigate the grocery store, or enroll your kids in school. Those are pretty big things in my opinion. I’m talking about the little, stupid, trivial things that we used to do ‘back home’ without thinking twice. Things that gave your life a sense of normalcy and mundane detail.

carWhy I need to clean my car. [click to continue…]


Today I was sitting in my living room waiting to leave and pick up the boys from school when I saw one of those click bait ‘articles’ about what a bunch of people think about another bunch people. I thought- ‘Oh great. What idiocy will I read here, while being annoyed by the pop up ads?’ Well, I learned that while I was correct about the obnoxiousness of the website- the responses rang true for most (if not all of these). If you’re curious as to if Europe (and I realize I’m generalizing here) really IS like this- here’s what I think after living and traveling all over it since 2012.

The original post can be found here.

Roofs of Graz #2 [click to continue…]


Spring Travels & Some News

by farrah on May 23, 2016 · 0 comments

Seriously, it has been almost TWO MONTHS since I last wrote anything? Unreal. Well, I shouldn’t say that since I look guiltily at the computer on an almost daily basis and say ‘I really should….’ but I don’t. I don’t read blogs anymore- hence I don’t write them either. I’ve basically eliminated almost all blog feeds from the FB feed, and honestly just don’t care anymore what people are saying. I’m sure that makes me a terrible person. Oh well. This is 40 y’all and I don’t give a damn!

dressThis was a pretty cool thing to see in the Texel museum! [click to continue…]


And Then It Was Easter…

by farrah on March 28, 2016 · 0 comments

So clearly my plan of writing more often has gone by the wayside. I don’t really know how this happened, but I can’t say I’m surprised. As I’ve felt so many times in the past- sometimes the chatter out there just makes me want to hunker down into myself and not add to the cacophony.

easter [click to continue…]


Six Months In A Really Quick Review

by farrah on February 29, 2016 · 0 comments

I look guiltily at my laptop on the table and remind myself every day that ‘I really should write that down…‘ because someday I know I’ll wish I had. So, I’ll do my best to wrap up what’s been going on and where we’re going. Basically I think I get overwhelmed with how behind I am, and it’s too much. Thus, behold. The past six months, er, well, five.

postPretty much [click to continue…]