Posts Tagged "moving"

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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Helping toddlers and young children cope with change and moving overseas

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in Parenting | 0 comments

Helping toddlers and young children cope with change and moving overseas

I’m back on the writer’s schedule for A Life Overseas after my “maternity leave”. Here’s today’s post… If you have a toddler or young child and you’ve moved overseas, you might have learned (as I am learning) that the adage that kids are resilient doesn’t mean that change doesn’t cost them. Most children might be generally adaptable, but many are firmly attached to valued routines and known, safe spaces. Moving comes at an energy and emotional cost to young children, just as it does to adults. It’s been a week today since I arrived back in...

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Farewell, Luang Prabang

Posted by on Apr 10, 2013 in Life in Laos | 12 comments

Farewell, Luang Prabang

Ever since I published my post discussing how I hadn’t taken time yet to think about farewelling Luang Prabang, Mike has been bugging encouraging me to write a goodbye post on things I’ll miss about this little fairytale town. He even wrote his own list to show me how it’s done, titled the document “I like LPB”, and put it in our shared Dropbox folder. Mike’s list has 36 items on it. I haven’t read them yet, because I figured that might be cheating. I thought briefly about just posting his list and being done with it, but regretfully decided that was also probably cheating. So...

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Timeless Choices

Posted by on Apr 8, 2013 in Life in Laos, Parenting | 8 comments

Timeless Choices

Christmas was just a couple of weeks ago, right? I remember thinking that I needed to write a post on books I’d loved in 2012, set some creative goals for 2013, and find a great birthday present for Mike to make up for the fact that my Christmas presents consisted of some basil seeds, my old broken kindle, and a child’s toy with a bite taken out it. But now it’s April. I still need to do all of that, and Mike’s birthday was in the beginning of March. I’m taking a deep, soothing breath and telling myself that this is to be expected when you live in a small town whose slogan is...

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Goodbyes: Does Practice Really Make Perfect?

Posted by on Apr 3, 2013 in Travel | 2 comments

Goodbyes: Does Practice Really Make Perfect?

Change is in the air. After three years here in Luang Prabang, we’re leaving. My husband, Mike, is taking up a new job in Vientiane (the capital of Laos), so we’re packing up our life here and moving. We’re also having another baby in just over four months. Because of the lack of quality medical care in Laos, it would be less than wise for me to give birth in this country. Because I have a chronic health condition called lymphedema that makes enduring hot weather heat difficult and damaging, it would also be less than wise to stay here, heavily pregnant, through the worst of the hot...

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What’s next: Updates and intentions

Posted by on Feb 26, 2013 in Life in Laos | 12 comments

What’s next: Updates and intentions

WE HAVE MADE A DECISION ABOUT WHAT’S NEXT! Yes, after eight months of limbo I do think every letter in that phrase deserves to be a capital. We are moving to Vientiane – the capital of Laos. Mike has signed a two-year contract to be the Strategic Initiatives Manager for the development organization he works for. This has all sorts of flow-on implications for the rest of the year. For starters, I can’t stay in Laos during the third trimester of my pregnancy, so I’ll be heading to Australia sometime in mid-May. Thankfully, we can stay up here in Luang Prabang until then (previously we...

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Leaving On A Jet Plane

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in Life in Laos | 27 comments

Leaving On A Jet Plane

 The same weekend that Love At The Speed Of Email launched, way back in June last year, Mike and I learned that we’d be leaving Luang Prabang in April 2013. Mike’s position is being handed over to a Lao national staff member, which is good. Working yourself out of a job is exactly what you want to do in international development work, and Mike’s great at that sort of capacity building. So this is a good thing, and we always knew we wouldn’t be here long term. And, yet. There’s a difference between knowing you won’t be somewhere long term – that you might be moving in “oh, a...

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A new website, new book cover, and new house

Posted by on Apr 6, 2012 in Miscellaneous | 6 comments

A new website, new book cover, and new house

Welcome to my new e-home! After working on this behind the scenes for months, I’m so excited to launch my new website and announce the cover of Love At The Speed Of Email. The new website brings together information on my writing (books and blog) and my other area of focus – psychology and humanitarian aid. I’m looking forward to adding more information to all of these sections in the coming months. And the book cover… what do you think? The book will be out June 1. I’ll write more about this soon, but seeing the cover come to life has made that feel much more tangible, and I...

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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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Changing weather, and voltage

Posted by on Nov 1, 2010 in Life in Laos | 10 comments

Changing weather, and voltage

People have been telling me ever since we arrived that it does cool down here for a couple of months each year. Before the last couple of days, however, I just couldn’t fathom this. It wasn’t that I didn’t believe them – I really wanted to. It was more that a clingy, dense, heat was all knew of life in Luang Prabang, and I experienced a total failure of imagination. I just could not conceive of how this place of coconut palms and sunny frangipani flowers and green mountains and dirt roads stirred to swampy puddles by warm tropical downpours could ever get cool enough that you’d want...

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