Category Archives: Episodes 1-10

#10 – Down the rabbit-hole

  Sandra tried to send us on a long guilt trip by threatening to swallow all her Valium at once. I thought this would make Oliver backtrack on his decision to take the job, but instead it made him more … Continue reading

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#9 – Home-cooked home truths

To Sandra’s for tea. We do this regularly. I don’t mean afternoon tea with fairy cakes, or mid-morning tea with a biscuit, but tea as in beans on toast, or egg and chips if she’s feeling ambitious. Oliver likes going … Continue reading

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#8 – What’s in a name?

Still no sign of visas. Oliver is getting more cheerful by the day, and still says we shouldn’t tell anyone about our possible move. I, meanwhile, am getting more panicked that we’re not moving. This week added one more reason … Continue reading

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#7 – The nail in the coffin

I used to feel vaguely sorry for people born on the 13th of a month, because at some point they have a birthday on Friday 13th. Then Jack was born on 13th May, and I went from feeling vaguely sorry … Continue reading

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#6 – An interlude in London

Slight variation to routine this week. Clandestine couple of days in London, ostensibly to attend company dinner with Oliver, but in reality, visa interview at the American embassy. Why the subterfuge? Because Oliver still hasn’t told his mother. I’m taking … Continue reading

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#5 – Decaffeinated sherry to toast a Royal Wedding

To mother-in-law’s to watch the Royal Wedding. Julia down the road organised a street party and I would have preferred to go to that, but Sandra (that’s Oliver’s mum) threw a sulk, so of course, that’s our day off arranged … Continue reading

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#4 – How a dog’s life can really get up your nose

Here’s a little secret. I don’t like dogs. I especially don’t like drooling dogs of uncertain parentage, with squashed-up noses, who gnaw the legs of my new dining room table, leave snot trails on patio doors, and demand a special … Continue reading

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#3 – Black pudding, Play-Doh, and playgroup dons

Oliver and I are keeping quiet about the move until plans are definite. We each have different reasons; he doesn’t want to lose face if it doesn’t happen, and I want to pretend it won’t happen at all. It’s quite … Continue reading

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#2 – Fishy motives

We’ve spent the weekend talking about this hypothetical move to America. Well. I say ‘hypothetical’, but it isn’t.  And I say ‘talking’ although it isn’t really that, either. Oliver appears to have done most of the talking already with the Relocation … Continue reading

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#1- It’s Life, all right, but not as I know it.

Why is it that, just as you get Life under control, Life decides you’re too complacent by far and snatches your security blanket away? And not only snatches it away, but rips it down the middle, throws it in a … Continue reading

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