10 Photos From June 2018

July 2, 2018

I really wanted to go away in June, but try as I might, I couldn’t figure out how to make a vacation work this month. That’s OK though, we still found lots of ways to beat the heat and enjoy our Italian summertime. Plus, we booked a lot of travel for the rest of 2018!…

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What It’s Like to Watch America Implode from Abroad

June 28, 2018

Ever since November 9, 2016, I have lived with a hard pit of dread and fear in my stomach. Nothing has really eased it, in fact things have slowly and steadily gotten scarier and sadder as time goes on. I didn’t think I could be so disappointed in my fellow Americans. That I could feel…

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Eight Years of Adventure

June 19, 2018

Mike and I aren’t great at marking anniversaries, or even remembering them. So he probably doesn’t even realize that this weekend will be 8 years since we first met (it’s on the calendar Mike!). When I met Mike, I wasn’t looking for a man. I mean, I REALLY wasn’t looking. I was just months away…

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Raising a Baby/Toddler in Italy versus the US

June 5, 2018

Mike and I have lived abroad before, in vastly different places like Mexico and China, but we’ve never lived abroad with a kid before. So we were kind of nervous about making the leap again with a kid in tow. Especially a very tiny kid. So much more responsibility! 8 months in and things are…

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10 Photos From May 2018

May 31, 2018

This May was pretty much defined by illness. Marcella brought home lots of new and interesting bugs from daycare, and liberally shared them around. We all took turns getting sick until the end of the month, when we ALL got sick at once. It’s been a simultaneously busy and lie on the couch a lot…

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Writing Can Wait… But I’d Still Like My Tea

May 23, 2018

This morning I made myself a cup of tea. I’d already successfully gotten Marcella out the door and to daycare, picked up some groceries and answered the emails that build up at night while I’m sleeping (thanks time zones). I’d defeated all my distracts, it was finally time to sit down and do some real…

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10 Photos from April 2018

May 1, 2018

April was bright and busy and a lot of fun! I’m currently slammed with writing work and visitors, so I have a million things I would LIKE to write here, but don’t have time for (story of my life). In the meantime, here’s a quick update on what we’ve been up to:

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What’s a Tagliere?

April 23, 2018

If you go out to dinner with Mike and I in Bologna, there’s a pretty good chance we will insist on splitting a tagliere misto as an appetizer. Tagliere literally means cutting board. A tagliere misto is simply a board filled with regional meats and/or cheeses. We’d probably call it a charcuterie board in the…

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What I’m Cooking in Italy

April 18, 2018

I’m a self taught home chef- over the years I’ve grown from someone who struggled to heat up frozen garlic bread to someone who genuinely enjoys creating meals for her family. The hour I spend making dinner each day is my wind-down time. I have a glass of wine, listen to a podcast, and relax…

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