Category Archives: American Life

The mini adventures of a family adjusting to our new life in the US.

The Weary Traveler

You might say I’m not the luckiest person, when it comes to travel. I’ve spent a lot of time on planes, trains and boats over the last three decades.  I’m fortunate enough that my childhood is filled with memories of exciting … Continue reading

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369 Days

Last Friday, 28th September, marked exactly one year since we arrived in Seattle. It’s crazy how a year can seem so very long – in that time, we’ve lived in two “corporate housing” apartments in two different cities, then bought … Continue reading

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Culture shock shocker!

(I’m not even going to apologise for the delay between posts – there are only so many crap excuses I can come up with, and it’s starting to feel a little pathetic, even to me!) Now that we’ve survived our … Continue reading

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Timing is everything!

Exactly 47 days ago, every single Pepper possession was packed up in boxes; loaded onto this; and sealed with a kiss.  Or maybe, in fact, a blue plastic peg: Since then, our wordly goods have been bobbing around at sea, … Continue reading

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Weekly wrap-up

Which seems to be all I’m capable of these days.  Must.  Try.  Harder.   I have a feeling I’ve said that a few times before…. So, what have the Peppers been up to since all that pumpkin carving fun (said … Continue reading

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When in Rome…

Despite the fact that we have no doorstep or front yard to decorate, and being in a secure apartment building means that we are unlikely to get any or many trick-or-treaters…I still had to join in the fun! I thought … Continue reading

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Howdy strangers!

Argh – once again, I went AWOL for a while.  It turns out that I’m fairly useless at this regular blogging lark.  This time, however, I can lay the blame firmly at my husband’s feet, after he ruthlessly killed my … Continue reading

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At the risk of doing a Gwyneth…

I just wanted to say thank you all so much for your well wishes and congratulations from the last post.  Needless to say, we’re very excited, whilst also being quite, quite nervous.  How will Miss Cuddle-a-Lot cope when she has … Continue reading

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And then…we were four!

Today I had my first taste of the US health system.  And – wow, what a breath of fresh air!  I guess when you are paying for your health care, there is a lot more money to splash around.  First … Continue reading

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Home is where the heart is

Less than 48 hours after landing in Seattle, we met with our Microsoft-assigned realtor, Jenny.   The home-buying process is so completely different here!  Instead of doggedly searching through Rightmove and PrimeLocation, then calling each individual estate agent directly to … Continue reading

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