Happy 12 Years to Us

It all started with a chance meeting 14-years-ago in Austria, which facilitated a move from New York to Los Angeles. A work relocation to Seattle led to buying a house, eloping in Iceland and having three adorable babies. Another work move had us find our way to London, England. Almost 6 glorious years, and many…

Thanksgiving

We almost didn’t “do” Thanksgiving this year. Between a hectic schedule and no holiday time, the summer heat and the lack of friends/family around I thought no one will even notice if we skip it. Perhaps, I thought, we could do it next July when it feels like the right temperature. Then I came to…

Cycling Makes Me Happy

Some days I wake up feeling lazy and think “I’m going to take the car to work today.” I then come to my senses and get on my bike for the short (5k) cycle. In a moment, usually once I feel the wind in my hair, any doubt about my decision has vanished. It’s so…

Citibank Can’t Stop Giving My Money to Thieves — Updated

[See update at the bottom of the story for the outcome] I’m naturally a bit paranoid when it comes to cybersecurity, whether that’s at work or in my personal life.  I generally enable two-factor authentication where it’s available, don’t reuse passwords, don’t write passwords down, etc.  For my personal banking, I even enabled SMS alerts…

The Small World of Aussie Retail

A colleague and I were discussing Amazon’s imminent arrival here in Australia and the numerous articles about the impact it will have on local retailers.  Some observers have predicted significant losses for Aussie businesses, whilst others insist that the threat is overblown. The colleague, an Aussie and former Amazon employee grinned and said, “they have…

What I Miss About London

I recently read an article written by a Sydney native describing what she missed most from home after having relocated to London. It was truly informative about local Sydney and Australian culture. I really enjoyed her insight and used it as a sort of guide for things to try as expats in Sydney (like sausage…

Where am I?

I feel like I’m living someone else’s life. I am being present in all that I do. I have been “working” on making friends. I am involved in our new community. I have a job. I do all of these things, each and every day.  But each action feels inauthentic, like singing the lyrics of…