Category: The Expat Experience

Taking on Chicago one experience at a time

Two out three ain't bad - New Years Resolutions

I had one job. Well, as a mum, I Actually have a few, but surely if I have managed to keep the miniatures alive this long, I should be able to do something as measly as keep my New Years resolutions for more than one day, right? RIGHT? Nope. Resolution number one was to keep... Read more »

Missing: friends, family and Christmas spirit

Once upon a time, in years gone by, this evening would be one of excitement and anticipation. Since I could remember, November 30th was decoration day. My mum would haul out her decorations and after much work, pinned fingers and a fair amount of swearing, the house would be magically (having instantly forgotten all the... Read more »

Living In America - One Year On

A year ago – right at this moment – I was minutes away from waking up to a new day, and the beginning of a journey to a new life, in a new place where nobody knew me, apart from my husband. My whole life was packed up – into nine boxes and four suitcases,... Read more »

Do you plan to do what you plan to do?

If you ever – ever – catch me complaining of boredom; stop, slap me, and point me in the direction of this post. Why? Because I have become a planner – but not necessarily a doer. Therefore, there is always going to be plenty things for me to be doing. I have so many things... Read more »

If I wanted to stay inside I wouldn't have hired a babysitter!

There’s a downside to having long, healthy, thick hair like mine. It takes a flipping long time to dry – with or without a hair dryer. There’s a downside to not really knowing anybody here yet – lack of sitter recommendations, and the need to hire a sitter from an “agency”; a website where you... Read more »

Why do children need to read before Kindergarten?

Today started off quite normally – cleaning up after sending the Miniatures and husband out the door to their relevant posts for the day, talking to my mum, and a little light browsing of Facebook. Scrolling through my feed, I came across this post that a friend had shared late last night. The post is... Read more »

The Tooth Fairy Stole Christmas

Christmas. The time of year, when family come together to celebrate and enjoy a time of being together. I’ve always adored Christmas. The music starts playing mid November, and all ideas and excitement for Christmas rages through my blood. Or it did. I’m still waiting for Christmas to happen. Oh, I know Christmas has happened,... Read more »

The Fear of Disappearing

It’s a common thought that, as people grow older, they change in some way. Sometimes it’s a big change; sometimes it’s a small one. For me, the changes going on, not in my life – but my mind – have been big. So big, that they come with a whole new set insecurities, and have... Read more »

Five meals that will please the whole family this winter

Five seems to be a really, really low number for a list feature, don’t you think? I did consider a little alliteration for this post, and considered The Top Ten Tea Time Treats, but that triggered a number of issues: 1. My audience is predominantly America – being a writer for ChicagoNow, and all. Tea... Read more »

The Fictional American Dream

The American Dream. Is it all I thought it was cracked up to be? Well, no. Not exactly. We have the makings of the dream. 2.4 children. A girl, and a boy. We live in American Suburbia – which is a big part of achieving the dream, I guess. I stay home to look after... Read more »