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    The holiday ends here - Aug 29th, 2017
    After three wonderful weeks in the Homeland, I am heading home to my Heartland of Scotland. My bags are packed, I’ve checked in at the airport, and I’m waiting for my flight to board. And I am crying. As I always do when I say goodbye to my parents. [more...]

    Summer reunions in the Homeland - Aug 27th, 2017
    One of the great things about my American holidays this year has been the reunions. Each of my three weekends has brought another group together, which means that I have been able to catch up with a lot of people with ease. [more...]

    Casting shadows as the sun disappears - Aug 21st, 2017
    Today was one of those “once in a lifetime” moments that I hope (and expect!) will happen more than once in my lifetime: A total eclipse of the sun! It’s something that happens fairly often in the grand scheme of things, but it’s not all too often that it happens at a time and place that allows me to enjoy the wonderment. Of course, if it weren’t for the fact that I am in my Homeland for a holiday, I would have missed this year’s Spectacular Event! [more...]

    A Sunday hike to Pete Lake - Aug 13th, 2017
    I always knew how lucky I was to grow up in the beauty of Upper Kittitas County. I loved that I could escape into the woods around town during the summer. I loved that I could relax in the quiet bliss of nature. I loved knowing that my backyard was the whole of the Cle Elum Ridge and the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. I loved that I could just hike in the great wilderness that surrounded me. Anywhere, anytime. [more...]

    Child at play - Aug 9th, 2017
    I’m in my Homeland for three weeks and that means I’m ready for some playtime! This is my first visit home since my Daddy’s 70th birthday party and my first visit home in nice weather. And that means that my beloved bike, Sarafina, gets to come out to play with me! [more...]

    The holiday starts here - Aug 7th, 2017
    After nearly three years, I am finally heading home to America for a holiday. My bags are packed, my tickets are printed, and my excitement levels are high. And, apparently, there is a cold root beer waiting for me on the other side of the customs and immigration barriers. (Along with hugs from my parents.) Yay! [more...]

    Third passport firsts - Aug 27th, 2016
    I received my new American passport yesterday. But despite this being my third passport, it will also mark several passport firsts in my life. But then, each of my passports have marked important “firsts” in my life! [more...]

    An American flag in Scotland - Jul 4th, 2015
    Today is Independence Day in America; the day we stood up against The Crown to demand self-rule. As a proud American, this is a very important day for me. But as an expat American living in Scotland, it’s a little difficult to find a traditional Independence Day celebration, so I did something a little untraditional. [more...]

    Edinburgh’s Wild West - Mar 5th, 2015
    I finally got around to downloading the Geocaching app on my phone, which means I can do a bit of urban geocaching now. It also means that I get to learn about quirky little places I might otherwise never know about. Which is exactly what happened today when I found myself on what could be mistaken as a low-budget movie set. [more...]

    Reflections of 2014 - Dec 31st, 2014
    The end of a year can only mean one thing: An obligatory end-of-the-year reflections post! At the start of the year, I had grand visions of joy and laughter. Things were going rather well and I felt confident that it would be a year of mostly good and happy things. [more...]

    Surprise! - Nov 24th, 2014
    Greetings from America! Are you surprised to read that? Well, you should be since very few people knew about my trip. I mean, even my parents didn’t know! Which was the plan, as I was trying to surprise my Daddy for his 70th birthday. [more...]

    Just four years - Feb 15th, 2014
    Just Frances is four years old. Wow! Can you believe that I’ve been spewing this utter nonsense for that long? And if you thought I might be nearing the end of rubbish things to talk about, you’re wrong. (No apologies. If you don’t like it, you can just stop reading!) [more...]

    2013: A year in (distorted) review - Dec 31st, 2013
    As 2013 draws to a close, I find myself reflecting on the year’s ups and downs. I’ve been thinking about the good points and the bad points and all of the points in between and I’ve been trying to think of how to recap the year. [more...]

    The hard things - Nov 11th, 2013
    I'm packing my suitcases this evening for another return to Scotland. After two months in the Homeland, it's a bit hard to say goodbye again. But it would have been hard after two weeks or two years. It's hard because no matter how much I love Scotland and my life there, I love the Homeland and my wonderful family and friends. [more...]

    Feeding time - Nov 9th, 2013
    One of my favourite things about holidays abroad is the opportunity to enjoy new foods. Of course, since my latest holiday abroad was actually to my native land, it was less the enjoyment of new foods and more about the enjoyment of foods that I can't (easily) find and enjoy whilst living in Scotland. [more...]

    A little closer - Nov 1st, 2013
    Today is November 1, which is the amended date for the start of my PhD programme in Scotland. Yet I am still in America. [more...]

    My Halloween interrobang - Oct 31st, 2013
    When it was determined that I would be in America for Halloween this year, I began to think about what I would dress up as. [more...]

    We blew it - Oct 24th, 2013
    Today was spent doing more touristy stuff with Mum and Dad. This time, over the Old and New Blewett Passes with a few stops along the way. [more...]

    A double homecoming WIN - Oct 5th, 2013
    Yesterday was Homecoming at the Cle Elum Roslyn High School and, as luck would have it, not only was I home for it, but a couple of friends came to town to see me so we got to go to the game together. [more...]

    Home or away - Oct 2nd, 2013
    I’ve been here in the Homeland for nearly a month now, but I’m finding it hard to say that I’m “home”. It’s a confusing and unsettled part about being an expat: I am constantly torn between two homes and I never know which place to call home when I’m asked the question. [more...]

    Frustrations and silver linings - Oct 1st, 2013
    Today is October 1, which was my target date for beginning my PhD studies. Only I'm not in Scotland at the moment because I've not sorted out my visa. It's a little frustrating, but I have found several silver linings to it all, so that's OK I suppose. [more...]

    Hot diggity-dog - Sep 17th, 2013
    I am writing this evening with a very full belly. A very full, very happy, hot-dogged belly. And since it’s my first (proper) hotdog in more than two years, it gets its very own story! [more...]

    Redneck? Yes. - Sep 15th, 2013
    I spent yesterday truly remembering my childhood and the joys of growing up redneck. And it was great. Well, except for the literal red neck that I developed from the blazing hot sun! [more...]

    The radio star - Sep 13th, 2013
    Today I got to play on the air with Steve and Rob at KXLE Radio—the best country station in all the land! It was such a blast, but it made me realise just how hard the job of DJ is. [more...]

    Bullets, bikes, and BBQ - Sep 11th, 2013
    Once again, it’s been a couple of busy days as I enjoy my lovely American holidays. I admit that yesterday began with a less-than-happy start as my stress levels got the best of me, but it improved drastically as the day went on. [more...]

    The log lady - Sep 7th, 2013
    On my first full day in America, I decided to give my loaner car (a pretty red Jag!) a test run. So, my baby sister and I hoped in the rig and hit the freeway for North Bend with a mission: lunch at Taco Time and a fun picture for a couple of friends. [more...]

    Hello, America - Sep 6th, 2013
    I am finally back in America after more than two years in Scotland—and after two emotionally draining days of international travel. I can't really say that I'm excited to be home yet because there are just too many uncertainties to face in the days ahead, but I know that I will enjoy my time here visiting with family and friends. [more...]

    Goodbye, Scotland - Sep 4th, 2013
    I’m on the train to England now and will be flying home to America tomorrow morning. It’s weird because part of me feels like I am only going away on a wee holiday, but the other part of me fears this may be forever. [more...]

    Food, glorious food - Aug 31st, 2013
    I’m heading to the Homeland for a visit in a few days’ time and I’m already salivating at the thought of it. Actually, I’ve been salivating for quite some time. I’m just so very excited about all of the wonderful, amazing food I’ll be eating! (And also about visiting with all of my lovely family and friends that I’ll be eating with.) [more...]

    Non-goodbye goodbyes - Aug 28th, 2013
    Today was my last day of work. Only I'm technically still working for the organisation until Friday. Only I'm also planning on returning in a month's time. So I kind of said goodbye to my [former?] co-workers today. But it’s weird because it’s not really goodbye. [more...]

    Finding rainbows through the tears - Aug 26th, 2013
    I’m not a big fan of the rain but when the skies open up I do find myself looking—and hoping—for a rainbow. Rainbows make me smile; they make me happy; they warm my soul. So, I’ve decided that I will try something new by looking—and hoping—for a rainbow in my tears. You know, because tears are sort of like rain. [more...]

    Please, ma’am, I want s’mores… - Aug 4th, 2013
    By the time I was six years old, I had consumed countless s’mores. They’ve been a part of my life for as far back as I can remember and I can’t really imagine having a campfire without them. But then, I am an American girl—born and bred! And, in America, we do love our s’mores! [more...]

    Separated by a common language - Mar 4th, 2013
    It’s National Grammar Day in America, when grammarians will march forth on March 4th to spread the good word. (That’s good word, not well word.) And as a lingual hobbyist, I couldn’t resist the urge to join in. [more...]

    Thanksgiving expertise - Nov 22nd, 2012
    Today is Thanksgiving and, once again, I have so much to be thankful for. Of course, it’s always a little awkward being overseas on the holiday, since it’s not only not celebrated here, but it’s also not understood. [more...]

    We Forgot the Tripod - Jul 29th, 2012
    No tripod? No problem! When there’s no one around to snap a picture, and you want to capture that “Kodak Moment” you get some pretty funny memories! [more...]

    Patriotism abroad - Jul 4th, 2012
    Today is Independence Day in America. It is the day when the nation celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. As a proud American, this is one of my favourite holidays (tying with Thanksgiving). [more...]

    Memory sparks - May 1st, 2012
    Triboluminescence is awesome! It used to entertain me as a child and it still entertains me as an adult. Or, to translate into Plain English: It’s awesome when you crunch on a Wint-O-Green Life Savers and it makes sparks! [more...]

    Random thoughts: Top 50 no-gos - Feb 10th, 2012
    Random thoughts—Week 1: List 50 things I’ll never do. [more...]

    Got milk? - Jan 17th, 2012
    If you’re American, you may not realise that milk is a very important part of British culture. From the 1946 School Milk Act (an addendum to the Education Act 1944) to Margaret Thatcher, Milk Snatcher and from breast milk ice cream to the order in which one adds tea and milk to a mug, milk seems to be more than just another beverage. [more...]

    Making do - Nov 25th, 2011
    Tomorrow, I will be hosting Thanksgiving for the first time since Paul died*. It won’t be as big of a crowd as our last Thanksgiving together, but I find myself just as nervous about the preparations. [more...]

    Countdown - Nov 23rd, 2011
    As I write this post, people are counting down to Christmas. Really. I mean, it’s not even Thanksgiving and they’re already counting down to Christmas. And I have to say, it makes me a little sad. [more...]

    The race is on - Nov 7th, 2011
    If you aren’t already aware of it, tomorrow is Election Day in America. And as we all know (or should know!) one of the most vital parts in a democratic society is to go out and vote. [more...]

    Which way? - Nov 1st, 2011
    In America it seems to be fairly straight forward: We move right. In the UK (and potentially the rest of the world?) people seem to move all over the place. [more...]

    Times, they are a-changin’ - Oct 30th, 2011
    Ah, yes. It’s that magical time of year when the clocks fall back an hour as you sleep. I always liked clock-changing times as a child, though I don’t really know why. Of course, as an adult it’s been a bit of a pain because it means remembering to run all over the house (and cars changing various clocks. [more...]

    Trick of the treats - Oct 13th, 2011
    Oh, what a sweet day it is! I arrived home to see that the postman brought me a parcel all the way from America. Oh yes—a parcel filled with yummy candies from the homeland. [more...]

    Now about that marathon… - Jul 20th, 2011
    You’d be forgiven for forgetting that I’m meant to be training for a marathon, since I’ve not really brought up the subject recently, but I really am still planning to participate (and complete) the Loch Ness Marathon in Scotland on October 2. [more...]

    Boom! Bang! - Jul 4th, 2011
    Today is the 235th birthday of my beloved America. I always get a bit weepy on Independence Day because my patriotism always gets the better of me. Of course, today I realised that next year I won’t be in America for the big celebration, and whilst I’m happy that I’ll be in my adopted home of Scotland, I’m a bit sad knowing I won’t be here to celebrate my heritage. [more...]

    The last long weekend - Jul 4th, 2011
    I’m in the homeland enjoying a four-day weekend before the start of my final (three-day) work week. And as it happens to be Pioneer Days Weekend (in celebration of Independence Day) there is lots going on! [more...]

    For love of country - May 28th, 2011
    This weekend, families around America will gather for barbeques and picnics. Campgrounds and parks will be filled to capacity. Parties will be held; laughter will be had. Yes, Memorial Day Weekend has become synonymous with the start of the summer season! [more...]

    Expat food woes - May 20th, 2011
    I think that one of the worst things about the life of an expat or repat is dealing with food let-downs. Or is that just me? [more...]

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