Top 5 Things I Missed About Europe

It’s been a little over a week since I’ve been an expat in Norway and I gotta say, so far so good! I haven’t burned down the house with our fire-hazard corner of transformers and extension cords, my kids aren’t starving in protest to the different food and I haven’t gotten lost.

I’ve been to Europe and Scandinavia a decent amount of times, and there’s a few cultural differences that I always forget about until I return. And they always make me smile, like when … Read more ...

Visiting Yellowstone National Park in less than a day

When it was clear Hubby and I were going on what felt like a once-in-a-lifetime road trip, I checked our route for any “must-see” spots from Portland to Chicago and Yellowstone National Park was incredibly close.

Since I’ve always wanted to go and saw this as my chance, I laid it on thick with the hubby: “Yellowstone is one of those things that if I’m on my deathbed and I’d never seen it, I’d say, ‘I wish I had gone to Yellowstone.’”

His response: Blink. … Read more ...

Coming to a screen near you: Netflix’s drug cartels, Reading Rainbow and a Spanish dramedy

Have you guys noticed more dragons on your Netflix? Us too. And soon there’s going to be more drug cartels, Reading Rainbows and smart girls.

I’m writing this as a member of Netflix’s Stream Team and even if I wasn’t, I’d still be a fan of its original series. They’re better than most of what’s on TV and don’t take the time commitment of a movie. (Unless you binge-watch, which admit it, always ends up happening despite your best efforts.)

Narcos is a new original series on the Columbian drug war.

Narcos is a new original

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Road triiiiiip! Our adventure from Portland to Chicago

I’m feeling like I’ve got a little transcontinental whiplash. It was only weeks ago that I moved to Norway, and now I’m back in the U.S.

I returned largely to help my husband wrap up our lives in Portland, then we decided to take a cross country roadtrip to our beloved Chicago to visit family and friends. Plus, we’re finally and sadly getting rid of our Audi TT. Some of you remember how much I love Hubby’s Other Black Beauty.

A view of the road traveled so far in eastern Oregon.

A view of the

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Our July Fourth celebration in Oslo

There is something unique about celebrating July Fourth outside of the U.S. For me, it felt more patriotic, more unifying, more “We the People” than I’ve felt in many many years.

Our family recently moved to Norway and are living in my husband’s childhood home just outside of Oslo. So far it’s going well, the learning curve of the language and culture is quite steep, but we’re taking it one step at a time.

Our Independence Day picnic at Vigelandsparken in Oslo.

Our Independence Day picnic at Vigelandsparken in Oslo.

When we were … Read more ...