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 the state we were hoping, the house in Houston is still on the market, the children don't have … [Read more...]

The Kit Kat Cake

My friend Leah makes amazing birthday cakes. I've seen her make a perfectly round soccer ball (it really looked like a giant soccer ball), Minecraft cupcakes, and swimming pools with slides and ladders. Whatever phase her children were going through, whether it was Harry Potter or The Hunger Games, Leah has been able to provide the matching … [Read more...]

Coffee With The Ladies

This is a sponsored post, but it's also a little story... When it came to children and putting them into some sort of organized care, I definitely got it all arse backwards. The first little traveller initially wasn't keen. I'd found a spot for her at a really cute little preschool two mornings a week when I was pregnant with my second little … [Read more...]

A Gift To Share

I'd spent roughly six hours at the Ataturk airport in Istanbul which culminated in many glasses of cheap white wine and a 1.00am boarding time; it was fair to say I wasn't looking my best by the time I'd made it to the immigration line in Doha. The line was long and listless. As we shuffled along one by one, I readjusted my overstuffed carry bag … [Read more...]

Man, like, you know?

I left Doha knowing that Hurricane Sandy was on her way to New York. Like many people I had friends who were either there, or within the general vicinity, so I was keen to hear or read a news report when I landed in Australia.After picking up the hire car at the airport, I turned on the radio to a leading breakfast program. The hourly news break … [Read more...]

How was your day really?

It's no big deal.How was your day?Three children had vaccinations, one had a trip to the orthodontist - you bribed them with a donut before dropping them all to school. Later, you picked everyone up, one went to guitar lessons, one went to the library and two stayed with you. Dinner was easy - salmon, everyone was in bed by 8.30 after they'd done … [Read more...]

Tristans and Digbys

G and I returned to Middle School last night. It was our final installment of meet the creature, but of course Middle School means a teacher for every subject, it was now meet the creatures. Two and a half hours people. Two. And. A. Half. Hours.The first little traveller had written her schedule, complete with class numbers and directions, and … [Read more...]

Living the "Suite" life.

After an evening of jet-lagged musical beds we awoke to our first morning in Doha. Our hotel suite would normally be enormous but with 4 children and 20 suitcases (the beagle is at the kennel) it has the feel of luxury camping. The hotel has very kindly upgraded us to a suite so we have a dining table that seats 8, a lounge area that has been … [Read more...]