Expat section changes...

Saturday, September 23, 2006

As a part of my web design training, Pond-Hopper.com is going to go through a bit of a re-vamping. As a party of this, there will be a couple of things added to the expat section like a US to UK English translation guide (just for fun) and a general information section for Americans living in the UK ie- finding your comforts from home (like mastering cooking in the UK and making the most of the TV guide so you don't miss any of your favorite American TV shows).
I'd like to expand the expats section to eventually be a resource for Americans moving to or living in the UK, so if you're a fellow expat and have an idea of some things to include please let me know - I'd love to hear from you. Also, please keep in mind that these changes will be very slow moving as I'll be doing it in my free time or as I move into new material in my web training.



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The soundtrack of our lives...

Friday, September 22, 2006

I'm listening to my radio station from back home (as I do in the morning before either starting my work for the day or going to the gym). Jessie's Girl by Rick Springfield just came on and I instantly blasted it (I know that makes me a geek, but I never claimed to be cool). Now that's a song I KNOW I wouldn't hear on BBC Radio One and that's why I keep coming back to this station. I hear this song and it makes me think of any number of things - dancing and singing into my hairbrush as a child, laughing with my first love as we admitted to each other we both loved it and singing along with my friends as it played at my favorite bar when I got older... It's a song that is just a part of my life's history and has to be played loud :-)
Music can invoke feelings that nothing else can. It can actually transport you back in time to a place that was long forgotten before you heard that song. It can give you happy memories that can actually make you laugh out loud or bring you to tears remembering something that was painful. What ever the case, music really is the soundtrack of our lives and that's why I listen to this station - it gives me the comfort of familiarity I don't get living in a foreign country.
Right now they are playing a song called 'One Thing' by Finger Eleven and again, I'm taken back in time to the months before making this move. I don't know what the song is really about, but to me it was about the risk I was taking moving here to England to be with Wayne. Some lyrics are 'If I traded it all, if I gave it all away for one thing - just for one thing - wouldn't that be something...' I'd hear the song, turn it all the way up and instantly tear up, overwhelmed with emotion - feeling scared, excited, happy and sad all at once. Listening to it now has made me tear up again just remembering how it felt.
I'm choosing this song as my song of the week because it has touched me in such a way and in the end, helped me stay strong and focused. If you've ever had to sacrifice anything to find happiness - this song will touch you too...
Listen to this week's song



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The soundtrack of our lives...

I'm listening to my radio station from back home (as I do in the morning before either starting my work for the day or going to the gym). Jessie's Girl by Rick Springfield just came on and I instantly blasted it (I know that makes me a geek, but I never claimed to be cool). Now that's a song I KNOW I wouldn't hear on BBC Radio One and that's why I keep coming back to this station. I hear this song and it makes me think of any number of things - dancing and singing into my hairbrush as a child, laughing with my first love as we admitted to each other we both loved it and singing along with my friends as it played at my favorite bar when I got older... It's a song that is just a part of my life's history and has to be played loud :-)
Music can invoke feelings that nothing else can. It can actually transport you back in time to a place that was long forgotten before you heard that song. It can give you happy memories that can actually make you laugh out loud or bring you to tears remembering something that was painful. What ever the case, music really is the soundtrack of our lives and that's why I listen to this station - it gives me the comfort of familiarity I don't get living in a foreign country.
Right now they are playing a song called 'One Thing' by Finger Eleven and again, I'm taken back in time to the months before making this move. I don't know what the song is really about, but to me it was about the risk I was taking moving here to England to be with Wayne. Some lyrics are 'If I traded it all, if I gave it all away for one thing - just for one thing - wouldn't that be something...' I'd hear the song, turn it all the way up and instantly tear up, overwhelmed with emotion - feeling scared, excited, happy and sad all at once. Listening to it now has made me tear up again just remembering how it felt.
I'm choosing this song as my song of the week because it has touched me in such a way and in the end, helped me stay strong and focused. If you've ever had to sacrifice anything to find happiness - this song will touch you too...
Listen to this week's song



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Random Thoughts

Thursday, September 21, 2006

It's been a hot September. I don't remember the summer lasting this long last year. It's supposed to go up to 80 degrees (27 celcius) today. It's hot already and again, I'm wishing I had air conditioning. I laugh to myself every time I have to move the fan over by my desk just to try to stay cool while sitting here (as if I've moved to some antiquated country). Unfortunately, the fan doesn't help much in the rest of the house. I've learned to do my laundry early in the day (that damn machine lets off a lot of heat), take cool showers and to cook later in the day (although that kitchen is always like a sauna).
Wayne built a contraption using some copper wire along the top of the fence in the back yard that's supposed to keep the cats from being able to get over it (Luka learned how to a few weeks ago) so I can keep the door open during the day and open some windows. His contraption was unsuccessful because earlier this week, I had to watch with baited breath as Luka attempted to get himself through it while jumping the fence. He's not a graceful cat on the ground never mind on the fence topped with wiring. I envisioned watching helplessly while he hung himself in front of me, but he made it over and back again. Luckily, the experience was enough to keep him on our side of the fence for the time being.
Some mornings while I'm drinking my coffee and settling in for the day, I listen online to my old radio station from back home. It's such a comfort to hear music from home and to hear American voices in the room. 'What it takes' by Aerosmith is playing and although this song reminds me of a painful break-up, I feel more at home just hearing music that can take me back to a time and place I feel familiar with. When the morning crew come in, I'll switch back to Jo Whiley on Radio One here in the UK and I'll be swept back to reality and this place I'm still trying to make my home.
I know I'm writing about a bunch of nothing today, but I needed to write something to try to get myself back to it before too much time went by. This blog really helps to get my thoughts straight when I'm feeling out of sorts and today, I'm out of sorts (although I can't really put my finger on why)...
Something noteworthy - The other day, I was finally able to open a bank account with a checkbook and a debit card! I'm nearly a grown up again :-)



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Random Thoughts

It's been a hot September. I don't remember the summer lasting this long last year. It's supposed to go up to 80 degrees (27 celcius) today. It's hot already and again, I'm wishing I had air conditioning. I laugh to myself every time I have to move the fan over by my desk just to try to stay cool while sitting here (as if I've moved to some antiquated country). Unfortunately, the fan doesn't help much in the rest of the house. I've learned to do my laundry early in the day (that damn machine lets off a lot of heat), take cool showers and to cook later in the day (although that kitchen is always like a sauna).
Wayne built a contraption using some copper wire along the top of the fence in the back yard that's supposed to keep the cats from being able to get over it (Luka learned how to a few weeks ago) so I can keep the door open during the day and open some windows. His contraption was unsuccessful because earlier this week, I had to watch with baited breath as Luka attempted to get himself through it while jumping the fence. He's not a graceful cat on the ground never mind on the fence topped with wiring. I envisioned watching helplessly while he hung himself in front of me, but he made it over and back again. Luckily, the experience was enough to keep him on our side of the fence for the time being.
Some mornings while I'm drinking my coffee and settling in for the day, I listen online to my old radio station from back home. It's such a comfort to hear music from home and to hear American voices in the room. 'What it takes' by Aerosmith is playing and although this song reminds me of a painful break-up, I feel more at home just hearing music that can take me back to a time and place I feel familiar with. When the morning crew come in, I'll switch back to Jo Whiley on Radio One here in the UK and I'll be swept back to reality and this place I'm still trying to make my home.
I know I'm writing about a bunch of nothing today, but I needed to write something to try to get myself back to it before too much time went by. This blog really helps to get my thoughts straight when I'm feeling out of sorts and today, I'm out of sorts (although I can't really put my finger on why)...
Something noteworthy - The other day, I was finally able to open a bank account with a checkbook and a debit card! I'm nearly a grown up again :-)



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In case I go quiet...

Monday, September 18, 2006

I had an argument with my brother yesterday. I called to say hi and ended up getting an angry lecture on how much I've disappointed the family by moving to England. He said I 'fucked' the family by leaving. The only thing he repressed was how wrong I was for marrying a British man apposed to someone American (which he alluded to). He ended up hanging up on me. It was an unprovoked attack brought on by my saying no to his suggestion of going back to visit without my husband (anyone who knows me knows that a visit without Wayne would be like throwing myself to the wolves without any protection).
I've been quietly sick to my stomach since he hung up. I have so much I can say about it and how horribly disappointed I am by my family since I left and how let down I've always been by them. I know they all share in his sentiment - he's just the only one who has said it out loud (although my mother has come close). The thing is that he acts as if they have always been one of those families that rallies around you in your time of need and by leaving, I have somehow betrayed all they have done for me. This couldn't have been farther from the truth. They have never been there for me. I have always been left on my own in the hard times and it has always been my friends that have rallied around me to help in any way they could. I have had sisters in my friends Nicole & Anne and a brother in my friend Kenny. It has been them that have seen me through and acted as my family. It's been them that have supported me through this move that took more strength than I thought I had and it's now Wayne that has picked up where they left off. I resent the heartache that my family has given since I left (not to mention throughout my life) and it leaves me to wonder why it is I so badly want to go back.
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On Casual sex...

Friday, September 15, 2006

I know I've been quiet for a while, so I thought I'd give you some interesting reading...
I found out the other day that there is a rumor about me & Wayne

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