The Expert Way to Move your Dog Abroad

We learned we were moving to Germany last August, a month after we moved to Kent.  The first thing we did was buy an airline crate for Sherlock. And then we returned it. The first one we got was so big that I could easily fit in it and sit down crisscross-applesauce.  It was tooContinue reading “The Expert Way to Move your Dog Abroad”

A Sense of Place: How Living Far from Family Helps Create my Own

We have been invited to 6 weddings since moving to Ohio. One in San Francisco, 2 in Orange County, 1 in Colorado, and another 2 in San Diego. I am exhausted from the traveling, cried-out from the ceremonies, and overwhelmed by the love whenever we show up to these events.  But every time I getContinue reading “A Sense of Place: How Living Far from Family Helps Create my Own”

Are you a tourist?

“He’s a tourist.  He vacations in people’s lives, takes pictures, puts them in his scrapbook, and moves on.  All he’s interested in are stories.” -Ron Swanson, Parks & Rec. No Roots I often catch myself counting down until we move onto our next location/postdoc/fellowship/tenure whatever it may be.  I assume this is something that happensContinue reading “Are you a tourist?”

Strangers: 5 ways being in a new town can be a rewarding challenge

Hi, I’m new here. We stick out like sore thumbs. It might be the Colorado plates, or the dog, or that we walk around everywhere (usually with said dog), but this town is small enough that it’s obvious we are new. There are no sidewalks. There are no bike lanes. The grocery stores leave muchContinue reading “Strangers: 5 ways being in a new town can be a rewarding challenge”