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laura
saigon, baby
"Home" is just another stamp in my passport.
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This is the second year in a row that it's been frustrating and website error-laden to pay my Typepad invoice, so this will work better for any future need that I have to rant or blather on: Ten Minutes to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at ten minutes to myself
So, it's been over a year since we've moved to Saudi Arabia for Chris's new job, and it's becoming obvious that as much as this place runs on oil, it's powered just as much by rumours. Of course, one of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2016 at ten minutes to myself
It didn't quite go like this: Dear Family Who We Didn't House on the Special Compound In order to give our employees and their dependents the best-ever bus service between where we've housed you and the place where you work... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2015 at ten minutes to myself
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The "Memory" feature on Facebook popped up yesterday with a gorgeous photo of my bigger kid that I'd taken three years ago. We were in Ho Chi Minh City, and my photography group was shooting at a park at twilight... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2015 at ten minutes to myself
I have to confess something: When I listen to the radio, I'm listening to the livestream from CBC Radio One in Calgary. I know there is something ridiculous about listening to the Calgary Eye-Opener morning news and traffic reports when... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at ten minutes to myself
It's that time of year, so my inbox and social media feeds are (helpfully) filling up with guidelines and helpful tips for the holy month here in the kingdom. I had the bare basics down already, but I've been reading... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at ten minutes to myself
This morning when Madeline pressed "0" on the elevator panel (it's the kind where a person has to select the floor they want to go to instead of pressing the arrows for up and down), instead of telling us to... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at ten minutes to myself
For two people who've been living in rental accommodations for most of the last decade and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future, Chris and I spend a lot of time looking at real estate listings. It used... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at ten minutes to myself
It's been brought to my attention by a handful of the very lovely ladies who live in my building that for a newcomer to Saudi Arabia, I seem way too upbeat about living here. I have to admit that I'm... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at ten minutes to myself
Shortly after we arrived in the kingdom, we noticed that one of the swimming pools on the compound appeared to have a pair of colourful water slides, and Chris took Sadie there yesterday to test them out. Their afternoon at... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2015 at ten minutes to myself
So, yesterday we had just walked into our apartment after school when Madeline announced, "So, that international luncheon at school that I mentioned a few weeks ago? It's actually tomorrow and they only told us today. Can you make some... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at ten minutes to myself
When we first arrived in KSA, weekends were my least favourite days of the week. Our family had to choose between these three not-necessarily-appealing options: long bus ride into the compound followed by a long walk in the heat, bus... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2015 at ten minutes to myself
Of course it feels like we've lived in sandy Al Khobar longer, but it's only officially two months. Amount that I miss living in Calgary? About zero percent. Things that I like about living here: Mint lemonade and shawarma My... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at ten minutes to myself
Today, we bought a desk. This is a good thing (albeit an impulse purchase) because our air shipment from Calgary is supposed to be delivered on Tuesday, and there's a dearly-missed computer and printer in it. There is nothing in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2015 at ten minutes to myself
This is my sixth week living in Saudi Arabia (and it's actually raining here today, in the desert, which amuses me greatly), and one of the things that I've been doing a lot of is riding on buses. Obviously. For... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at ten minutes to myself
So, for the last month, I've been living in one of those places where I find myself stepping into the grocery store on a daily basis. While I'll admit that I was compelled to do this in Bangkok due the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at ten minutes to myself
Not supposed to be. We had tickets to fly out on December 29th, but the company who is moving us failed to notify the actual moving company until it was too late to actually schedule our pack-out. So now we're... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at ten minutes to myself
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This ... is actually not bad at all. I wish I'd done nicer job on the binding on the hem, and I used a completely different tutorial (this one) for the neck binding instead of the official Riley's Nightgown instructions,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2014 at ten minutes to myself
One item that I added to my pre-move lists today was sending my sewing machine in for a tune-up. I am not sure that it's had one since I inherited it from my mom! It's more a preventative thing; my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at ten minutes to myself
I've come down with a case of list-itis again, undoubtedly brought on by having our passports out for visa approval. It's the final contingency to clear before our one-way flights are booked and our pack-out is scheduled. We won't get... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at ten minutes to myself
What's your favourite colour? - "I got lots of favourite colours. I only don't like brown. Brown is my worst colour ever." What is your favourite book to read? - Nancy Drew & the Clue Crew Do you gave a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at ten minutes to myself
1. My kids are interested in knitting themselves, but more so on whatever project that I'm working on rather than a project of their own. I've lost more than a few stitches due to passing my WIP to Madeline, so... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at ten minutes to myself
One of the new nightly traditions around here for my six year-old is the "let me tell you what I did at kindergarten today". Sadie snuggles down into her bed with a stuffed animal (usually a bunny, more recently a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at ten minutes to myself
3 Things Little Girls Need from their Fathers - this article reads very much "of the time" to me right now, but also timeless. This things have always been true. To summarise Respect her body and its capacities She needs... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at ten minutes to myself
I'll admit that over the summer, I got a little bit wrapped up in the small details of our prospective overseas move. We received some less-than-positive information about a housing shortage, and I became rather obsessed with it. Some of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at ten minutes to myself