Posts Tagged "lisa and mike"

House hunting and the powers that be

Posted by on Feb 27, 2012 in Life in Laos | 2 comments

House hunting and the powers that be

It is the season of busy (it is also the season of ash falling from the sky as they have started burning the rice field in preparation for planting, but does not make me more busy, that just makes life a bit more unpleasant). No, the busy these last six weeks has coming from a whole bunch of different things: two sets of parents in town, little boys with big casts, two unplanned trips to Thailand, one to Vientiane, and someone who’s decided that he’s ready to eat solid food so now I have to start attending to things like breakfast, lunch, and dinner for him every day. I mean,...

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Feeling weighed, measured, and found wanting

Posted by on Feb 13, 2012 in Parenting | 34 comments

Feeling weighed, measured, and found wanting

I did not stop to seriously consider the implications of my actions before stenciling a giant PATIENCE on Dominic’s cast. Luang Prabang is a tourist town and it’s the tail end of the cool season here. There are thousands, literally thousands, of tourists in town. Not many of them, however, are walking around with babies, so our little trio already made an unlikely sight even before the accident. Now we’re a downright curiosity. I watch people watching us when we’re out and about. First they see the stroller. They do a double take and search for the baby with a smile. Then they see the...

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Conversations in hospitals

Posted by on Jan 30, 2012 in Life in Laos | 4 comments

Conversations in hospitals

As you can probably imagine, Mike and I have talked about many things since Dominic’s accident. Much of what we’ve been mulling over is serious, hard stuff and nowhere near funny. These two snippets, however, I can share. They’re as close as we came to laughing this week. In the doctor’s office, staring at Dominic’s X-rays on the computer screen while three specialists debated out in the hallway about whether Dominic needed surgery: “I think I should quit the fruits of the spirit project,” I said. “What?” Mike said. “Think about it,” I said. “It took me more than a...

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Best of 2011

Posted by on Dec 31, 2011 in Miscellaneous, Posts with photos | 0 comments

Best of 2011

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.” (Annais Nin) Happy New Years Eve! In the spirit of celebrating roads already travelled on this last day of the year here were your favourite posts of the year, my favourite posts of the year, and Mike’s favourite photos from 2011. Your favourite posts The most popular posts from this past year (judged by traffic) were all pregnancy related. I guess there’s a reason why so many “mommy blogs” become big deals. Ten Great Gifts for Pregnant Women and Thirty Great Gifts for Pregnant Women and New Parents Introducing...

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On feeling joy-less

Posted by on Nov 15, 2011 in Life in Laos | 18 comments

On feeling joy-less

It is an unhappy sort of irony that ever since I switched the theme of my fruits of the spirit blog series to joy, joy has felt in rather short supply. On Sunday Mike bundled baby bear and me into the car and took us on a surprise adventure for the afternoon – a trip to Zen, a resort on the Khan River, about half an hour from where we live. It was a gorgeous spot on a relaxing Sunday afternoon and (despite the smile I have on my face in the photo above) how did I mostly feel? I mostly felt like this: The neighbors behind the house have been using electric power tools to sand wood for...

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Exhausted child goes to Laos

Posted by on Oct 14, 2011 in Life in Laos | 4 comments

Exhausted child goes to Laos

We’ve been back in Laos now for all of four hours. They’ve gone something like this… As I look out the window while we’re coming in to land, I think that if I couldn’t see any colour but green, this would be the place to come. The darkly forested mountains are stripped with lime because of the rice fields. The coconut trees burst up from the ground like emerald meringues. There’s every shade of green you can imagine on display here at the moment. We disembark into the humid heat with exhausted child. Child is generally exhausted because we have basically spent the last 26 hours...

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Horse or donkey?

Posted by on Oct 11, 2011 in Lisa and Mike dialogues | 9 comments

Horse or donkey?

We’re in Melbourne for a couple of days so that we can show baby bear to the officials at the US consulate and apply for his passport. It’s been a lovely couple of days packed full of last minute life admin tasks and meeting up with good friends. One of our biggest problems when we come to Melbourne is always lack of time. There are so many people here that we know and love that we never have as much time as we want to visit with them all and have long and leisurely catch ups. Another big problem for me – a more serious one – is the traffic. City driving has never been...

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The most important quality in a marriage (2)

Posted by on Sep 27, 2011 in Life in Laos | 3 comments

The most important quality in a marriage (2)

This post is a continuation of the discussion we began on Friday about the most important quality in a marriage. Below is an excerpt from the memoir I am working on. It recounts a conversation Mike and I had via skype before we got engaged, when he was  in PNG and I was in LA. …Even when we were talking, on our carefully scheduled skype dates, it wasn’t guaranteed to be smooth and happy sailing. Occasionally we’d be talking away easily one minute only to find ourselves mired in a messy miscommunication the next. Or we’d be laughing and a moment later one of us would have...

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What is the most important quality in a marriage?

Posted by on Sep 23, 2011 in Life in Laos | 18 comments

What is the most important quality in a marriage?

This post is part of a series on the fruits of the spirit. The current theme is love. Mike and I are three weeks into this latest separation and it hasn’t felt like a good week for us on the Laos-Australia skype date front. We are managing to talk most nights, but by the time 8:30 or 9 rolls around I am… let’s go for a an elegant understatement here… a little bit tired. This fatigue, and my daily routine at present, don’t exactly make me the most fascinating conversationalist. The start of last night’s conversation, for example, went something like...

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Breastfeeding lessons from cows, take two

Posted by on Aug 31, 2011 in Funny, Pregnancy | 18 comments

Breastfeeding lessons from cows, take two

This post is an addendum to one of my favorite posts from the last year, Life lessons in pregnancy and breastfeeding from cows. 5AM this morning: Me: “Dominic!!” Mike: “What’s he doing?” Me: “He’s latching on repeatedly, sucking nicely once or twice, then tossing his head from side to side before yanking backwards – still holding on, mind you – until my nipple finally pops out of his mouth. Then he opens his eyes wide in panic and lunges forward like a small, desperate, vacuum cleaner until he finds it again.” Mike: “Do you want me to tell you what the cows on the farm...

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