Posts Tagged "dominic"

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 finally asleep again, I wiggled over close to her and...

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A dozen things to be thankful for here in Vientiane

Posted by on Nov 21, 2013 in Life in Laos | 6 comments

A dozen things to be thankful for here in Vientiane

Pre-Script: I wrote this post yesterday and was telling Mike about it last night, when he informed me that Thanksgiving is next week. Oh well. I’m gonna post it anyway, because things have been going really well, but I saw pickups and workers arriving at the unfinished houses next door this morning and now the sweet strains of electric power tools and nail guns are serenading us. If this becomes the new norm, then next week it might have all gone to hell in a hand basket and I’ll want to write about that, so I better get my happy thanksgiving post in while I’m still feeling the vibe....

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Normal life is taking all my time

Posted by on Apr 23, 2013 in Miscellaneous | 4 comments

Normal life is taking all my time

“What have you been up to this morning?” Mikes asked me via Skype from Bangkok. “I didn’t even get online until 10:45 today,” I told him, still stunned. “I’ve been changing diapers and emptying trash cans and replacing toilet rolls and tidying up rooms and making beds and cooking breakfast and doing laundry and hanging out laundry and … normal life is taking all my time!” “There’s a post title,” Mike said. (Apparently, not only is normal life taking all my time but the events of the past months have taken all of my creative energy, so Mike has started to point out...

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Waterfalls, tails, and other baby adventures

Posted by on Nov 26, 2012 in Written by Dominic | 2 comments

Waterfalls, tails, and other baby adventures

We spent the day at a waterfall yesterday. Between you and me I wanted to spend a nice relaxing Sunday sitting in front of the television and eating Thai biscuits filled with squishy strawberry sugar paste, but Mama informed me in no uncertain terms that I’m not going to get everything that I want in life exactly when I want it. If that’s true, I’m devastated. But then again, Mama tells me that dirt and snails are yucky and not to be eaten, so she’s clearly not infallible. She also told me that the mandarin oranges were “all finished” tonight when I know...

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First things first – an update from Dominic

Posted by on Nov 15, 2012 in Written by Dominic | 4 comments

First things first – an update from Dominic

Heya, Dominic here. Mama’s too busy to write to you all right now – she said something about Florence Nightingale duty, a lot of consulting work, and a whole bunch of fabulous new projects that she’ll unveil in time. My sympathies, folks. I know what it feels like to drop down on Mama’s priority list. Did you know she shunts me off on a babysitter for a couple of hours almost every afternoon now? She says she’s working but I see her up there on the deck sometimes with daddy after he gets home from the office. They’re drinking gin and tonics and...

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Bhutan at the speed of baby – Day 1

Posted by on Oct 12, 2012 in Travel | 2 comments

Bhutan at the speed of baby – Day 1

We left Laos at 7am today and by 11 we were walking alongside a road in Thailand, sweating. The lady at the hotel had said the nearest restaurant was just a ten-minute walk away, but we were twenty minutes into trudging and there was still no food in sight. “How are you feeling?” Daddy asked Mama. Mama sighed. “I’m trying to be a good sport about all of this, but I’m not entirely succeeding,” she said. I’m not quite sure what she meant by “all of this”. She could have been referring to the two days of travel just to get to Bhutan or the hassle of packing (she says packing...

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The happenings

Posted by on Sep 16, 2012 in Life in Laos | 4 comments

The happenings

It’s boat racing day here in Luang Prabang and all is beery, cheery chaos out on the streets. Boat racing day is sort of a fair cum rowing festival. The entire town closes down for the day. Stalls selling everything from ducklings to helium balloons line the street and the length of the Khan river is packed with families out cheering on their favorite teams. We were out walking the streets with Dominic yesterday on market day (a shopping warm-up day for the main event), and today we walked him down through the crowds to show him the boats. He wasn’t that enthralled, actually. The local...

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Adding insult to serious injury

Posted by on Aug 4, 2012 in Miscellaneous | 7 comments

Adding insult to serious injury

Until this afternoon the title of this post was going to be “I can’t be bothered to write an update” because that’s how I’ve felt since Wednesday – exhausted and pretty much completely uninterested in my computer, my blog, my book, my job, and the outside world. So instead of blogging I’ve been walking myself and Dominic back and forth from the hotel to the hospital two to three times a day to visit Mike and crawling (collapsing) into bed in the afternoons when Dominic goes down for a nap. The rest of the time I’ve been focused on keeping the youngest member of this family...

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Squirrels and other things we’ve been getting up to

Posted by on Jun 1, 2012 in Life in Laos | 4 comments

Squirrels and other things we’ve been getting up to

I’ve been quiet on the blog recently, I know. Enjoy it while you can, because Love At The Speed Of Email launches on June 11th and then it’ll be anything but quiet on here for at least a month. I’ve been working behind the scenes on website updates and launch announcements and more than a dozen guest posts as well as a couple of “just for laughs and fun” posts, so things are going to liven up around here fast. Speaking of livening things up, Dominic is crawling. Here are some of the things he has managed to accomplish this week while under the direct supervision of at least one...

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Give me an “X”

Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Travel | 5 comments

Give me an “X”

We arrived back in Laos yesterday with our sore throats and running noses and 103 kilos of luggage (no, not making that up, that is actually how much we checked in and isn’t counting our four carry-ons which were loaded with children’s books) to find lots of hot sunshine to be had but not a great deal of electricity. As in, none. Mike hopped on his bicycle and went to do things like order yogurt and bread and buy fruit. There was no way I was braving the furnace that was upstairs to start unpacking suitcases, so I sat on the tile floor and watched sweaty snotty baby pull toys out of a...

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