Archive for May, 2009

That Was Quick

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

We return to the States tomorrow! We’re all quite sad to leave Brighton again. More later, once we’ve survived the long day of travel tomorrow. In her bath tonight Sam was telling her comb (yes) that we’ll be taking a taxi to the bus station. Then a bus to Heathrow Airport. Then an airplane to […]

The Secret to Living Abroad with a Three-year Old

Monday, May 11th, 2009

People are often surprised that Sam and I aren’t traveling around the country every day seeing historical sites or spending loads of time in London. One reason for that is that we value spending our time in the U.K. as temporary residents and not as tourists. Another reason is that Sam is three (three and […]

Soft R’s

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

In an episode of Dollhouse I watched just before we left the U.S., Adele Dewitt, the very proper, very British director of the Dollhouse proclaims in a drug-induced rant: “I don’t say hard R’s.” I’ve been thinking about that phrase a lot over the past couple of weeks. Indeed one of the major differences between […]

Brighton Festival & Fringe

Monday, May 4th, 2009

When AC took Sam to get her hair cut at “Mr. Topper’s” last November, we learned that the Brits say “fringe” and not “bangs” for the hair that lies upon one’s forehead above the eyes. But apparently they use “fringe” also the way we Yanks do– to describe something on the periphery or the outer […]


Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

When AC was in Europe for two weeks this past March, he managed to send Sam a postcard nearly every day. One of them was titled “Castles of Sussex” and featured mini pictures of six castles. At the bottom of the postcard where the names of the castles were listed, AC had circled the two […]

Little Rabbit Foo Foo

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

In January I enrolled Sam in a “Music Together” class and in February she started a gymnastics class for 2.5-4 year-olds. Both classes require parent participation, so I have been able to follow Sam’s progress and see what she does and doesn’t like. Despite the fact that the gymnastics class is often a swarm of […]