It’s Been a While

It’s been 5 months since my last post.  In 8 years of blogging, I’ve never gone more than a few weeks, so 5 months feels like a lifetime.  I’ve been wanting to write and yet, I haven’t. I’ve hit a phase here where now that we’ve bought a house here in the Netherlands, I’m feeling rather content.  My blogging was a way to deal with frustrations, celebrate victories and more than anything, to have a record of this adventure for the kids when they got older.  But things change and so have I. Continue reading

My Calendar is Full

I’ve been a bit radio silent lately.  It’s been for a number of reasons, but the biggest one … I just haven’t had the time.  It’s a shame because through this blog, I’ve realized just how much I enjoy writing.  It’s cathartic to me and something that has become more than a hobby.  Alas, these days, my calendar has been full and there just hasn’t been enough time to do everything I want to do and some things have had to fall by the wayside.  One of them has been my writing. Continue reading

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

So as you read recently, things have been better here so far this year.  I have been actively making changes in my life, or Changing the Dance, as my mom likes to say. But despite my efforts, I’ve taken one step forward and what feels like many steps back.  It’s like I can’t win.  Or maybe the Netherlands is out to get us.  It’s starting to feel like it – even though this most recent problem has absolutely nothing to do with location. Continue reading

It Smells Like… Team Spirit!

As a native New Englander, I know a little something about team spirit.  We are die hard Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics fans.  And if you dare enter into a bar anywhere in the Boston area claiming to be something else…well… I wouldn’t recommend it.  New Englanders are passionate about their sports.  We rally for the hometeam like nothing I had ever seen.  That is, til I moved to Barcelona. Continue reading

It’s Time to Get Our Sports On!!!!

I’ve got boys.  Boys with lots and lots of energy.  Boys that need an outlet for all that energy.  In the last year, that outlet has been each other.  And it’s been a long year of constant, “don’t hit your brother.” “no, don’t you hit your brother either.” “please stop hitting your brother.”  Did I say it was constant????  Continue reading

World Cup 2010!

The World Cup 2010 has been big news this year – at least as far as I can tell.  I’ve never been much of a follower of soccer/futbol until I moved to a country where there is no other sport that comes close.  This year FC Barcelona won the national championship of Spain.  Not only did they win the national title, but they beat Real Madrid which is like a Red Sox/Yankees playoff.  There were people singing and dancing in the streets, wearing their Barca shirts as capes, hanging out car windows, and more.  Placa Catalunya I heard had thousands upon thousands of people cheering and celebrating the title win! Continue reading