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Size Matters And Other Things To Love About Vientiane

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Life in Laos, Posts with photos | 3 comments

Size Matters And Other Things To Love About Vientiane

You guys, I am driving in Vientiane. I know this might not sound like a big deal but, trust me, it is. Our driver has been very sick, so I’ve had little choice but to face my fears and tackle the rutted roads. And when I say rutted, I am in no way exaggerating. It’s the middle of the rainy season and you pretty much need a four-wheel-drive to get down the road to our house. This is what happened on our lane (three times) the other day to some unwary trucks… And while we’re showing random photos, this is a woman fishing in the rice...

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It’s LAUNCH DAY for my next book… From Stranger To Lover

Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in Writing | 1 comment

It’s LAUNCH DAY for my next book… From Stranger To Lover

When it comes to long distance relationships, most people believe that they’re destined to fail, especially if you start your relationship at a distance. In this case, however, most people are wrong. The internet has re-shaped many aspects of life, including dating. As Mike and I (and many other couples) have proved, you can build a true connection with someone even while you’re far apart. However, it’s a lot easier to do this if you: Know how to spot and avoid some common pitfalls of long distance dating Establish healthy boundaries...

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The Courage To Say Yes

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in Parenting | 0 comments

The Courage To Say Yes

When I told Marianne I’d write a post about the courage to say yes, I had it all planned out. I was going to start the piece by referencing saying “no.” There would be a brief anecdote about how my two-year-old’s main mission in life seems to be finding new and creative ways to provoke me into using that very word. Then I’d talk about how my inbox is full of people telling me to “Say No, No, No All The Way To Success,” and how my new book, From Stranger To Lover, looks at how the dynamics of meeting someone online conspire to...

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The Courage of Goodbye

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Miscellaneous, Psychology, Writing | 0 comments

The Courage of Goodbye

Today I’m delighted to host a guest post from my good friend, Marianne Elliott. I first connected with Marianne around the time she published her thoughtful, vulnerable, memoir about spending time in Afghanistan (Zen Under Fire: How I Found Peace In The Middle Of War) . I love Marianne’s writing, and I know many of you will resonate with her topic today – saying goodbyes. Despite all the practice I’ve had, I have a ways to go in this area! You can find out more about Marianne on her website, here. I’ve had to say a...

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Guess What?? (Long Distance Love Take Two)

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Long distance relationships | 4 comments

Guess What?? (Long Distance Love Take Two)

When Mike was diagnosed with cancer just before New Years, we pressed the “pause” button on a lot of things in life – Mike’s work, my work, and our time here in Laos. During the last six weeks we’ve begun, slowly, to move forward in all of these areas again. We are back in Laos, Mike is back at work, and now I am starting to pick up the reigns of some of my own projects again. Among other things, that means moving forward with my work on long distance relationships, and guess what???   I’m thrilled to announce that my long...

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Dear Dad, Love Dominic

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in Written by Dominic | 0 comments

Dear Dad, Love Dominic

Dear Daddy, How’s your week in Southern Laos going? I sure hope you come back well-rested because Mum says that Friday night we’re all yours. If the last two nights are anything to go by, that means either Alex or I are going to be awake and eager to party with you between 1am and 5am. Can’t wait! Mama and I have been having all sorts of fun in the wee hours. Last night, for example, we had two trips to the kitchen for juice, two trips for medicine, and I made Mama say the word “no” 5489023 times. At 4am, when she thought I was...

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Things we don’t tell our grandmothers

Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 in Life in Laos | 8 comments

Things we don’t tell our grandmothers

During one of our Skype conversations last week my mother mentioned that my grandmother had not enjoyed reading my post about our re-entry. Apparently, our re-entry tribulations were still costing my Nana sleep a week later. “If you’re talking to Nana,” my Mum said, “tell her that good things are happening. Lie if you have to.” My Mum laughed after she said this, but I’m not entirely sure that she was joking. Well, at the moment if I were selective in what I relayed to my grandmother I wouldn’t have to lie. Some good things are...

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The bumpy road back: Australia to Laos

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in Life in Laos | 2 comments

The bumpy road back: Australia to Laos

Here are some of the highlights of our return to Laos (It’s a bit long, I’m warning you, but so was our trip. And you’ll have to imagine the soundtrack of crying children.) I wake up with a hideous cold the morning we have to leave. Get interviewed at the airport by Channel 7 about whether I’m worried to take my precious babies to Thailand given the coup/martial law/curfew situation. Missed my opportunity to say on national television that Australia could do with a good coup of its own right now. Rats. Spend nine hours on a plane with...

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The bittersweet week of farewells

Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Mike's cancer journey | 5 comments

The bittersweet week of farewells

After almost five months at the cancer rehab center (aka my parent’s house) we’re finally on the move. Or, at least, we will tomorrow when we board the plane in Brisbane and head for Bangkok. We’ve spent much of the last two days sorting and packing. It’s all feeling decidedly bittersweet. So, what’s so bitter about finally getting to go “home” and get on with “real life”? After all, given that we’ve only spent ten weeks in the last year living as a family unit of four, you’d think I would be doing jumping jacks at the...

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Straws, Camels, And Setbacks

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in Mike's cancer journey | 11 comments

Straws, Camels, And Setbacks

Folks, we’re several weeks into the reconstruction phase. It’s been a mixed bag so far, full of antibiotics and adorable (although sleep-challenged) babies, disappointing news and date nights out, sick toddlers and sunny autumn days. So it’s been a lot more like normal life. Except we’re still camping out at my parents’ house. Come to think of it, I arrived here around this time last year when I was pregnant with Alex. So I’ve now been here for one full year except for the 10 weeks we spent in Vientiane in between birth and...

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