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It’s Been Real

October 5, 2012

Blogging at Jumped the Pond for the past 2.5 years turned out to be one of the best, unintended/unforeseen benefits that came out of my run as an expat.  The blog served as a place to capture some of my experiences and reflections in a new city, in a new marriage, in a new country.

In addition to serving as a repository for some of my fondest memories – as well as my most irritating annoyances of living abroad – the blog connected me to people in ways I did not anticipate. I get to follow along as friends on my blog roll get married, move to new cities, and generally find their way through life. Many of these people have become friends in real life, and I feel with great certainty that they will continue to be. For those reasons, I want to continue blogging.

But, my life as an expat has come to a close. And even though I will still work internationally on occasion, it feels like the right time to start a new chapter online to match my life here in Richmond, Virginia.

In September, I started blogging over at This Organized Mess, and as the URL suggests, it’s kind of a hot mess. I don’t want to only blog about one thing anymore like I did here, so I’m casting the net far and wide. I hope you might come along for the ride!

Turning a corner…


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Summer Shapeup

August 30, 2012

It’s definitely a sign of being an adult that a top priority for me this summer has been arranging check-ups with new doctors and dentists. I never had any massive complaints about health care in London except maybe the cost (yes, even though it’s nationalized, you pay a pretty penny in your taxes for it). I used national health […]

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Hey Girl, Where’ve you Been?

August 27, 2012

If you follow me on Twitter or even Instagram, you know I’m alive and well, but according to this blog, I’ve been MIA for some time.  I’ve been hinting that I’d probably transition to a new blog after settling back in at home, but other than a new blog URL, I haven’t gotten far on creating content […]

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Moving-related lessons

August 9, 2012

Now that we’ve been home for 3 months, there aren’t too many more surprises or re-adjustments to report, so apologies on the less-than-regular posting. I’ve got a new project up my sleeve that I hope to have up and running in September, but in the meantime, I’ve got a few more posts I want to […]

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London Olympics (as seen from my sofa)

July 30, 2012

Apparently, a little British pessimism rubbed off on me.  As a temporary Brit, I found myself quite wrapped up in the grumbling surrounding the London Olympics. We were not looking forward to the extra congestion, marked up prices, and never-ending traffic diversions. In fact, David and I even discussed taking our holiday during the Olympics and getting out […]

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A Full Size Fridge: The American Grocery Store

July 24, 2012

If you ever want to spark an easy conversation with an expat (or-re-expat, for that matter), bring up the subject of grocery stores in their native country versus their expat country and you are guaranteed a lively discussion. Our connection to food is a strong part of our subconscious cultural identity, and how we get our […]

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London Layover

July 18, 2012

Last I left the blog (a distant 2 weeks ago…oops), I was packing for 10 days in London for work. Returning to London only 2 months after the move was something I had been looking forward to ever since it was put on the books back in April. At the time, it made it a […]

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Running in the Rain (aka Nike British 10K)

July 15, 2012

One of the highlights of my recent trip to London was the British 10K. I had been looking forward to the race all spring and had even flirted with a sub-60 minute goal for the race – until I was sidelined with persistent hip pain in May. As I detailed earlier, I stayed off the pavement […]

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June 30, 2012

The past weeks have moved at lightening speed, with all the flurry of action surrounding our move into our permanent place last week. Here’s a quick run-down of what we’ve been doing: We’ve been reunited with our things from London (all 50 boxes/items made it safely, minus 1 sushi bowl.) In one night, we managed […]

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Well, Hello There Blogosphere

June 24, 2012

In a recent conversation with friends, David and I remarked that part of what made our time in London special was that our only obligations were to each other. Even though we regretted missing weddings, birthdays and other gatherings, it did allow us to design our own weekends in whatever way we wanted. We could […]

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