When old posts make me cringe

On the admin page of my blog, I can see the number of times each individual post is viewed on a daily, weekly, monthly or even yearly basis.  Sometimes an old post will get  views and I always wonder how someone ended up on that particular post.  Sometimes it’s pretty clear… the post I wrote … Continue reading

Brussel sprouts to the rescue!

Brussel sprouts to the rescue!

We are definitely in the “seriously how is it not summer yet” phase of life.  Isla actually cried about having to do her Arabic homework the other night, which if you know her at all is a pretty obvious clue that she’s done for the year. When I’m in a good rhythm I plan our … Continue reading

TBT: Second English

TBT: Second English

Originally posted on beautiful feet: the blog version:
Even though she was born and raised in Lebanon, Isla’s first and strongest language is English. Honestly, we expected her to be both fluent in English and Arabic by this time.  We do live, after all, in an Arabic speaking country, and both her Daddy and I…

Public Transportation in Beirut

Public Transportation in Beirut

Public transportation is widely available in Lebanon.  It can be really cheap, and once you understand the system and have just a little bit of Arabic, it’s not too hard to navigate.  We didn’t have a car our first two years in Beirut and in all that time, we only rented a car once, to … Continue reading

Comparing SSCs

Comparing SSCs

I love my woven wrap.  But my wiggly toddler has absolutely no patience for back wraps these days… even the 30 seconds it takes to get him into a nice tight ruck is too long.  I also love my ring sling.  But as Luka gets heavier, it is less and less comfortable for more than … Continue reading

Candyland birthday

Candyland birthday

We moved into our new house just a few weeks before Ruby’s birthday.  While we are really happy in our new place, we desperately miss our balcony.  It was as close to a yard as you can get in Beirut and the kids could spend hours outside playing after school.  It also was the one … Continue reading

Groceries on your doorstep

Groceries on your doorstep

Lebanon is the land of delivery. You can order almost anything and have it delivered to your door. There’s the expected: pizza, McDonalds, sushi, mana2ish. Then there is everything else, ranging from the strange to “why didn’t I come up with that!”: dry cleaning, DVDs, a lady to wax your legs, a phlebotomist to draw … Continue reading

Normally I’m against torture…

Normally I’m against torture…

There’s something about a new year that gets me all nostalgic.  Or maybe it’s because I’ve finally updated to the new iOS which no longer supports iPhoto and so all 48 thousand photos I had nicely organized are now in one jumbled mess and have required hours of sorting… I’m not annoyed about that, no. … Continue reading

The Muslim response to terror

There is no clearer place to see the depravity of man than in the comments section of online articles.  I tell myself every time I get sucked in to them that I should never have started reading in the first place. But to be quite honest, when stuck under a nursing baby, I’ll pretty much … Continue reading

Monster birthday

Monster birthday

We kept Luka’s first birthday pretty low key.  I’ve always said that the first birthday is more for the family to celebrate making it through a year than anything else, so we decided to have a small family party for Luka.  We invited the closest people we have to family here in Lebanon for a … Continue reading