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Pink Kirsty

The Backstabbing World of Working From Home

Working from home means I often walk from room to room while carrying a laptop and wearing noise cancelling headphones. The headphones often feel like I'm entering a vacuum, the modern seashell to an ear. While I sit at my desk in Doha I can immediately be transported to a colleague's inner city Melbourne apartment with the muffled sounds of … [Read More...]

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Why I’ve Been Taking Pictures of the Back of my Head…

I've been taking photos and video of the back of my head for around 8 months now. It began post chemo when my hair began to thin. Just the odd sneaky shot to see how things were looking back there. Scrutinized and then deleted for fear of being caught. The weekend when I began to malt more than a siberian husky co-incided with a volleyball … [Read More...]

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The Expat Home

The children came home to find me sobbing on the couch. "The most amazing thing has just happened" I told them while smiling through the tears. If you happen to have a teen in your house right now you'll know the look they gave me. "Mum's lost … [Read More...]

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Don’t Apologize For The Good Bits

A girlfriend of mine removed her recent family holiday snaps from Facebook. I know this because I wanted to go back and have a second look, I was interested to see whether they'd tagged in the name of exactly where they stayed. The shots were, as … [Read More...]

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Every Expat Parent Knows It…

Born in one country, living in another - the beginning of expat life. My first baby was 11 days old when we made our way to the airport. In those 11 days we'd taken part, like many before us, in the expat version of the Amazing Baby Race. From the … [Read More...]

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Rescue Dogs Are Like a Box Of Chocolates…

When you rescue a dog you can never be too sure about what you're going to get. The beagle, a Texan, came from the Houston Beagle Rescue Association. An organization which appeared (from its website) to have dozens of middle-aged beagles with some … [Read More...]

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Boarding School – Here’s Our Truth

It was April last year when I wrote about our eldest heading to boarding school. The reality had arrived. I couldn't keep pretending it wasn't going to happen. We'd not only said it out loud but we'd paid the deposit (ouch) and it was time to get my … [Read More...]

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The Virtual Expat

I have moved into phase two of my expat and mothering life. No more baby groups or coffee mornings with a toddler at my knee. My children are sometimes out the door as early as seven in the morning to start school. They're pretty much left to their … [Read More...]

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So When Do You Get The All Clear?

A mate of mine called mid chemo, a man I've been friends with for over twenty years. He voiced his concern with an air of exasperation. "But when will you get the all clear?" It was the second time he'd asked and I wasn't providing the right … [Read More...]

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The Oxygen Mask

Anxiety arrives in various forms with the arrival of any new baby. Even the most experienced of mothers will find herself questioning the sound of a cry, a change in appetite, or forehead temperature. An expat mother adds another layer to the … [Read More...]

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Follow The Blinking Cursor

I began writing online in a hotel room, the natural habitat of a perpetual expat. With a blank page and a blinking cursor I typed the words with the idea of an online letter: We've made it! We are FINALLY here in Doha. We haven't quite arrived in … [Read More...]

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Sending Telstra a Telegraph (pole)

In a world of cancer treatment and discombobulated families it's important to have a giggle. Today's laugh out loud moment came courtesy of Andrew from Telstra. We've purchased a block of land, the plan is to now build a home for our family of … [Read More...]