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Kicked the habit with an e-cigarette

I quit smoking when I moved to the UK, mainly because I promised my husband I would.  I did it for him, but not because I wanted to.  I enjoyed smoking.  I missed it, but quit successfully for many years until I went through a stressful time and started again.  My relapse lasted over a year.  The whole time, I was ashamed of myself.  I hated the smell.  I hated how I felt, I hated the health risks and I hated my lack of willpower.
     I've known a few people who have tried e-cigarettes.  I was a skeptic.  I thought it was going from one habit to another.  The people I knew that tried it, always had it and were constantly sucking on it.  It seemed to me they were more addicted to it then they were cigarettes.  I don't know any smokers that constantly had a cigarette in their hand.
     Then in January, I saw a piece about it on the BBC News.  I watched with interest thinking they were going to say that they have found it to be harmful.  What they said was quite the opposite.…

Crazy!

Would you believe that in the last dew days, I have been approached by two different US production companies asking me if I'd be interested in doing a TV show on American expats?  Both found me through this blog!  It's crazy!  I didn't think too many people read my blog!  Unfortunately, one was about American expats with businesses and the other was looking for people who have bought a house in the last year.  I don't qualify for either.  I told them that if they ever want to do a show about an stay at home mom expat  who nearly nine years on, still struggles to fit in socially and would like nothing more than to move back to the US - I'm their girl!

40 Effed Up Things About Being 40...

In yesterday's post I wrote about an article I've recently read titled, '40 Effed Up Things About Being 40'  That article has inspired me to compile my own list...

1.  There are a few kids in my son's class that have moms that I'm pretty sure are young enough to be my child.  In theory, this means I am old enough to have a 5-year-old grandchild! 2.  Store clerks have started calling me 'Ma'am'. 3.  I have been known to look up young, good-looking actors on the internet to see if they are old enough for me to find attractive or if I should be ashamed of myself (I have a comfort zone of about 25). 4.  Sometimes when I get dressed I worry I'm too old to wear what I've put on and that people might think to themselves, 'Does she really think she can pull that off?' 5.  I sometimes pass up sex because I'm just too tired. 6.  I recently saw Union J (a boy band for all you oldies) on a morning cooking show and thought they were One Dir…

It comes with age...

I don't like my last post being one of those woe is me posts so I needed to find a new topic quickly.  Yesterday, a friend shared an article with me that was titled '40 Effed up things about being 40'  It started out with the author going to the drug store to buy her first pair of reading glasses.  She compared herself to a teenager going to buy their first box of condoms (brilliant).  When she went to make the purchase the cashier told her that their mom wore those.  Needless to say, she was mortified.
     I can relate to moments like these that hit you like a ton of bricks.  When it suddenly dawns on you that although in your head you are still kinda youthful, you most certainly are no longer considered young!
     In the last several months I have been to the doctor about some new medical issues.  As someone with a chronic illness, it's sometimes difficult to decipher which symptoms are related to the illness and which aren't. The first thing was lumps I&#…

Not feeling well

I haven't been feeling well for the last week or so. Just in case you aren't aware, I have an illness called Ankylosing Spondilitis. It's  a chronic inflammatory disease which also a form of arthritis (although it doesn't just effect the joints). I've had it for many years now, but only got the diagnosis about 5 years ago. I'm on regular medication for it which  helps with inflammation as well as the pain. As my meds can cause stomach problems (like ulcers), I also have to take something to help with counteract that.  A few weeks ago, I went to the doctor with a new symptom that they thought was a side effect of my stomach meds and gave me something else. A week later, my stomach was on fire. I went back to the doctor and was told to stop taking the meds for my AS until my stomach healed. That was a week ago and I am not coping well. The pain and fatigue are is awful. I have no idea how I lived like this before I started taking AS meds.  I have a bad shoulder t…

It looks like we had a good time...

Our Disaster of a Day!

My in-laws just left after a five day visit.  I don't mind it being a five day visit, but then again, five days of your house not being your own is always a bit unsettling and although I don't look forward to their departure when they are here, I can't say I'm sad to have things go back to normal.
As a treat for my son's birthday, we took him to the Museum of Natural History in London on Thursday.  He chose to go because we took him last year (he's been crazy about dinosaurs since he was three years old).  They give out adventure packs at the museum which consist of a back pack, safari hat, and binoculars with an adventure to follow during their visit.  The back pack has clues in it to solve a mystery.  Last year it had a dinosaur claw, a tooth and a sample of dinosaur skin he had to match up to one on display.  He had a great time solving the mystery and even remembered which dinosaur it ended up being.
Last year's trip was wonderful.  We walked right in, …