Odds and Ends

I haven’t done one of these in a while, so I thought I’d do an odds and ends post to wrap up/update on some stuff and comment about other small things that don’t merit individual posts.


Rhiannon’s Surgery

The wound has healed nicely and we get test results next week.  I’m feeling a lot better about this post-surgery recovery than her first surgery recovery (which involved an infection).

In the mean time, Rhiannon (who turns 7 months on Sunday) has been reveling in her new-found love of solid food.  Witness below (the food was a mix of banana, apple, blueberry and one other berry).


The Car

We did decide to sign a one year lease on the car after test driving it for a few months.  It might technically be a hundred dollars a month more than I’d been paying with cabs (after parking and gas are figured into the cost), but the freedom is worth it.  Never stressing about how weather (rain) will affect my commute, shift change, or standing with two young children while the cab I texted for drives past me is worth it.

I will caution you that after a trial month or two, the idea of going back to cabs sounds pretty dreary.

There weren’t really any new terms added to the lease–the one difference being that the penalities for accidents if someone else were driving the car were spelled out in a way they weren’t when we were just trying it out.  However, I don’t lend out my car, so that’s not an issue.

And yes, I still occasionally turn on my wipers instead of my directional.


When I was six posts

First Bookjunkie posted an article on White as Milk about her life in Primary one (first grade)

Then I wrote an article about my childhood

Then Katrjin did…her memories of expat third culture kid-dom here in Singapore (part 1 is here, part 2 is now up!)

Then Kirsten wrote about her life as a kid here in Singapore on SEA Youth’s website.

Please–let’s get some more!!!  ClaireLauraKelly?  Pleeeeeeeeease?  Anyone–write it, link it.  No matter how “normal” you think it was, I promise someone here will find it fascinating.


If you’re into theater, and you want to indoctrinate the kids, you should know Annie is coming to MBS from July 10 through August 5.  More info and tickets here.  Yes, I will probably go (if I’m in town) but I think E just might be too young to sit through it, much to my sadness.  Thanks to Kelly who gave me the heads up.


Ellie is still taking violin, and managed to add ballet to it.  It all began with my stupidly allowing her to take a trial class and ended up with The Nutcracker on repeat in my car.


Remember how I had a story published in a book?  Well, if you like your books, electronic, Irresistible: Erotic Romance for Couples is now available on Kindle and Nook.  Given the recent popularity of 50 Shades of Grey, and erotica…I thought it was worth mentioning.


We re-signed our lease for a year.  In the end, looking for a new apartment wasn’t the right choice this year.  Ravi’s work is above a stop on the (not yet open) downtown line–it makes more sense to stay put until that stop opens and then to figure out where would be a better location.  For now, walking distance to Great World City and about midway between E’s school and R’s work is the right decision.  Plus, moving sucks.


The cats are fine.  Gandalf weighs more than my almost 7 month old.  Kero has finally stopped (fingers crossed) trying to climb the curtains.  Both have mostly forgiven us for going on vacation (they had a pet sitter, but we were on their list for a few hours or so).


Our next trip to the US will likely be late summer.  Kate, one of my dearest friends is getting married, and I will absolutely be there.  And then we’ll stick around for a few weeks on either end.  The rest of our travel plans for the year will be dictated by one of Ravi’s cousin’s weddings late this year, and then how many vacation days/how many miles we need to fly to keep our frequent flier status for next year.


If you want to see all of our Australia pictures, I’ve put an album on the Expat Bostonians facebook page (it includes far more than what I’ve shared here).  Go, “like,” and enjoy.

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4 Responses to Odds and Ends

  1. Claire says:

    Glad to hear Rhi is recovering well from the surgery. Fingers crossed she gets the all clear soon.

    I will try and do a ‘when I was 6’ post, but it’ll probably be after I go home in August so I can get some pics and more stories from my Mum 🙂

  2. Laura says:

    I’ve been enjoying the ‘when I was six’ posts too and would love to share some of my memories so I’ll start thinking and see what I can do 🙂

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