Born Procrastinator, Part I

A family of six comes with all types.

I have a husband and a daughter who are superb planners. When confronted with a deadline three months away, they have the ability to instantly backtrack a project start date that makes allowances for events like hurricanes, tsunamis, and as yet unprecedented breakdowns ... 

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The Embarrassing Expat Mother

I am a mother. And an expat.

I’m also a wife, and a writer, I like to dabble in art, I’m a bookworm, and lately I’ve obsessively worked on my forehand in tennis, but those two – mother and expat – seem to define me more than anything else.

However, I’m not just an ... 

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An Expat Kind of Holiday

There is a lot of literature out there about the expat child. How to make the transition easier for him or her, how to ease the pressures, how to make sure they don’t lose their identity with all those international moves. There are psychologists employed by companies who consult expat families, ... 

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The Glory of Boredom

The following is another blog post I had started at the end of 2012 and inexplicably never finished, until coming across it in my drafts folder recently while cleaning up. Or perhaps not so inexplicably, considering that we were, well, in the midst of a move at the time.

A few days ago, the packers ... 

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The Last Word

The Problem with you, Mom, is that you always have to have the last word.

Excuse me? A teenager was accusing ME of having the last word, when there isn’t a teenager in this family, or possibly the entire world, who doesn’t ALWAYS have the last word?

I was sitting at the dinner table, surrounded ... 

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2013 By the Numbers

It’s late in the day on January 1st 2014, and I find myself with absolutely no New Year’s resolutions. Other than perhaps finishing this blog post in the next three hours so that it will actually appear on January 1st.

Instead of looking at the new year and setting all sorts of goals, I ... 

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