Posts by Lisa

8 Books I Loved In 2016

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 in Writing | 2 comments

8 Books I Loved In 2016

It’s that time of year again–time to reflect on all things learned and loved. Here are some of the books that have enriched my life this year. (And if you love reading, please leave a comment below and let me know which books YOU have loved this year.) * Hillbilly Elegy (J.D. Vance) I bought Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis about a week before the US Election. I began reading it after the election with an entirely new level of interest and attention. It’s a well-written and easy read–the broader social commentary is deftly woven into a very...

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What To Do About The US Election Results?

Posted by on Nov 13, 2016 in Miscellaneous | 5 comments

What To Do About The US Election Results?

At this point, I interrupt my (admittedly very sporadic) coverage of our year of awesome to bring you a short post on the US election. I know. What a downer. If you’d really just rather go back one post and read about camping with baby turtles, I understand, because I don’t want to spend some my sunny weekend afternoon writing about this, either. I’m just starting to shake off the unprecedented sense of shock and revulsion that gripped me as the election results unfolded this week. And it’s a glorious day here in the South Pacific. We took the kids to a ranch this morning and put them...

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Camping With Baby Turtles

Posted by on May 15, 2016 in Life in Vanuatu | 7 comments

Camping With Baby Turtles

The six weeks since my last post have been 100% year-of-awesome material. Well, unless you count the nasty case of shingles Mike came down with a week after my birthday. Or the nasty case of cellulitis I came down with ten days later. This was my third case of cellulitis in less than six months. I’m now on antibiotics every day for the next 12 months. I don’t want to spend time right now talking about what a very serious, very unpleasant problem this all is, because I’d much rather talk things that actually are awesome. Like 40th birthday parties and baby turtles. So, we barely scraped...

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Easter Weekend Awesome Fun, Island-Style

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in Life in Vanuatu | 2 comments

Easter Weekend Awesome Fun, Island-Style

We’ve rocked the awesome scale over the four-day Easter weekend—a four-day weekend that kicked off with my 40th birthday. This post is so not my deep and meaningful thoughts about turning 40. It’s a: “Quick!! Upload the photos from the weekend while the kids are watching Winnie The Pooh and throw something together for the blog before real life hits again tomorrow at 5:30am.” So here is the quick, dirty, and photo-heavy Easter scrapbook post. We kicked off the weekend by leaving the boys here at the house with Cynthia while Mike and I checked into Eratap Beach Resort for the night...

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Where Is The Fun In Normal?

Posted by on Mar 24, 2016 in Miscellaneous | 3 comments

Where Is The Fun In Normal?

Today is the last day of my thirties. For the last month I’ve had an item on my to-do list that I’ve just never gotten around to doing. That item is: write something about turning 40. I was talking about this with a friend the other day while we were bobbing around in the pool, playing with the kids. “When I turned 30,” I told her, “I was in Mexico for the weekend, eating lobster and drinking margaritas. I hadn’t met Mike yet. I was living in LA, jetting around the world, and writing an essay a month. I think my essay about turning 30 talked about how I wasn’t sure I wanted to...

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Hideaway Island and the glass-bottom boat tour (A Year Of Awesome)

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in Life in Vanuatu | 2 comments

Hideaway Island and the glass-bottom boat tour (A Year Of Awesome)

We did tick a box on the “year of awesome” list in February. Just scrapping in under the wire, we hit the beaches on a sparkling February 27th and headed out to do the glass-bottom boat tour on Hideaway Island. [And in case you’re wondering why it’s taken me so long to update the blog… In the last three weeks: I’ve launched the completely redesigned long distance relationship website with a new and hip look. Mike’s been away in New Zealand for most of the time and he took a nasty case of viral conjunctivitis with him. I’ve had cellulitis...

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Exercise For Alcohol (A Year Of Awesome)

Posted by on Feb 24, 2016 in Life in Vanuatu | 1 comment

Exercise For Alcohol (A Year Of Awesome)

On our wedding anniversary last month, I declared this year The Year Of Awesome. Since then, our grand plans of a week away in New Zealand in March have been cancelled. Instead, Mike’s going to tack four days onto the end of his work trip and do something he’s always wanted to do—hike the Routburn Track. Alone. While I stay with the kids. And last weekend I was in Australia, hanging out with college friends I haven’t seen in years. Alone. While Mike stayed with the kids. We seven girlfriends stayed in a big old creaky house on the North Shore of Sydney, walked down to the beach, ate...

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A Year Of Awesome

Posted by on Jan 24, 2016 in Miscellaneous | 3 comments

A Year Of Awesome

Dear Mike, It’s our anniversary! Our seventh!! We’re not in the same country today, but I’d still take this anniversary over the one two years ago when we went to chemo together, or four years ago when our wee baby broke his leg in Northern Laos. So this anniversary isn’t exactly a win, but in the grand scheme of our anniversaries to date, I’d still call it a draw. I wasn’t exactly in the most fully-present or romantic mood during our skype call today. That might have had something to do with the fact that I was sitting on the floor of the bedroom with my back wedged against the...

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10 Parenting Hacks That Have Served Me Well

Posted by on Jan 13, 2016 in Parenting | 11 comments

10 Parenting Hacks That Have Served Me Well

When we had our first child, Mike and I were living in Luang Prabang, in Northern Laos. There was no such thing as a mother’s group. In fact, there were very few other mothers who spoke English, and at that stage my Lao was—and I’m being gentle in this assessment—terrible. I’ve been a mother for just over four years now, and we have a two year old, as well. After being so isolated during the first two years of my journey as a parent, I’m continually surprised and delighted by just how many good ideas I can glean from hearing or reading about other parent’s practices. In the...

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Unpleasant Constants, Falling Coconuts, And Keeping Things In Perspective

Posted by on Dec 6, 2015 in Life in Vanuatu | 0 comments

Unpleasant Constants, Falling Coconuts, And Keeping Things In Perspective

It is a painful irony that we’ve lived in some of the most beautiful tropical locations you can search out in this world during the last five years, yet my lymphedema makes it more difficult for me to fully enjoy them. My feet are on my mind right now because on Tuesday this week I came down with cellulitis. When that happens, it happens fast and quietly–sort of like a falling coconut. I was fine on Tuesday morning at 10am. At 11am, when I got up from my desk I was limping, badly. It felt like I’d strained a muscle, or wrenched a ligament (yes, while sitting down, typing. Don’t...

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