In the Northern Hemisphere, we would be celebrating today as “The first day of Spring.” We even call this day the “Vernal Equinox” or “Spring Equinox” (“vernal” means “Spring”). Okay, first let’s start with “equinox” so you at least know what I’m talking about, in case you weren’t raised by a family of geeks who … More Welcome to the First Day of…AUTUMN!?!?
Let’s face it. There’s nothing light about Russia’s most recent threat to reduce America to ashes. But there is also nothing new, thankfully, and all the blustering leaves ordinary Americans and ordinary Russians scratching our heads and wondering why we can’t just have a cookout (that’s a “braai” for you ZA’ers) with some hot dogs … More Meanwhile Russia Hates America. So Kiss Me, I’m Irish!
Thank goodness for plastic! On our recent dream vacation in the Maldives, we found out (after arriving) that only the newest, best and brightest American currency is accepted. As you might have guessed, this average American had only scruffy, torn, marked and aging bills. Thank goodness I had already figured out that we had no … More Keep Your Raggedy American Money to Yourself…But Here’s a Pack of Gum
I read that tonight, February 6th, is the final episode of The Tonight Show that Jay Leno will host. Although I love Jimmy Fallon, I have fond memories of being in the audience of both The Jay Leno Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and I thought he was as gracious to the … More A Goodbye to The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno
Er, I just re-read my title and realized it might sound like I was soliciting a box of Honeycomb. Finding our favorite American foods in South Africa, as I’ve told you in previous posts, can be difficult, and sometimes impossible. But it really hasn’t been a big problem for us. We’ve adapted pretty well, I … More Honeycomb, Won’t You Be My Baby? Wait…You Want HOW MUCH??
Welcome to Manuscript Monday! Tomorrow, February 4th, will be 40 years since Chamizal become part of the National Park Service (although it wasn’t until 1966 that it became Chamizal National Memorial). The once-disputed boundary lands of El Paso in the United States and Juarez, in Mexico now contain a peace memorial thanks to a treaty … More Chamizal National Memorial and “Persons in Between”
I was preparing a few posts for next week when I came across some old photos of the time we bought Baxter a pair of Doggles. Doggles are eyewear for dogs who like to hang their heads out car windows. I had been reading about retinal tears in the eyes of dogs enjoying fast highway … More Doggles: The Latest in Fashion Accessories for Humans?
First, let’s be clear that like most things Pittsburgh, our local flavors vary by suburb. The Pittsburgh Salad is no exception. But most will agree that whatever the actual salad base, it’s topped with a combination of fries, cheese and either grilled chicken or steak. This is the first time we’ve made a Pittsburgh Salad … More A Pittsburgh Salad in South Africa…and a Superbowl Party?
Feel free to skip all the words and just watch the worst and best videos at the end, or enjoy the build-up… Per special request I’m sharing (ad nauseum, for some of you) our holiday video card from 2009 when Kurt and I were living in Southern California. We didn’t rehearse much, and it’s difficult … More Worst and Best Holiday Video Cards
Sometimes you just need to dump all the stress and share something that makes you feel good, laugh, and enjoy people who are as awkward and dorky as yourself. Thank you, Hill Family, for your Thanksgiving Flash Mob to “Don’t Stop Believing” and thanks, HuffPo for sharing it three years later so I could find … More Awkward, Feel-Good Thanksgiving Video