The move has happened!! It was weeks of taking small loads in our minivan and then a long and hard 4 days of "real" moving with a moving truck (and a few very excellent friends), but we managed to clear out our rental house and move to our new home. Our house looks like Boxlandia … Continue reading Transforming the House into Our Home (with Chandelier Update!)
Things are crazy here. Spring break was a disaster. We were supposed to fly back to Iowa and Minnesota and got caught in that whole Delta Flight-Canceling Fiesta that was going on. We were there. Ready to go. Bag checked. Mickey-D's food choked down. And then .... Flight canceled. We were alerted to this fact … Continue reading OY! My LIFE!
As you may recall, we had put an offer on a house and had it accepted. It was like my boyfriend and I deciding to go steady. Well, today we got engaged! I know, I know. We actually bought the house so shouldn't it be the wedding? I'm waiting to declare nuptuals until after we … Continue reading Oh My Actual God! We Bought A House!
One year ago this week we were skiing in Kandersteg as a part of a typical day in our Swiss lives. Now we are almost 8 months into our lives back on the east coast of the United States. And it seems we are likely to remain here. Because we're buying a house. We originally … Continue reading House Hunters: Maryland Edition
I can't believe it, but we've been back for 6 months. In a lot of ways it seems like we just left. In other ways it seems like we've been here forever. Life is filled with the mundane right now. The boys need to go to school. The laundry needs to washed, folded, and put … Continue reading 6 Months Back
It’s hard to believe, but we’ve been back in the states for 5 months now. In some ways it feels like we just got here and in others we’ve been here forever. I still dream about Basel, you know. I still dream through bizarre conversations with my friends Barbara, Kate, Rachel, and Sunrita. I close … Continue reading Settling Into a Target Christmas
Life has been moving at breakneck speed lately. So much faster than when we lived in Switzerland. So fast that I feel like I'm dropping my Swiss-life intentions behind me as I'm rocketed along. But I do try to keep all those life intentions clutched in my hands and tucked inside my head. One of … Continue reading Hiking to be Swiss
In an effort to cram in as much as I could into my last month I took an Indian curry cooking class! Basel has a fairly large Indian community. There are a number of specialty food shops and quite a few curry restaurants around. I have always loved curry and I was excited to be … Continue reading Cooking Curry!! A Swiss Family Carlson Adventure
We are officially back in DC. Actually we have been here for 2 weeks, but it doesn't feel that long. My Mom and I drove across the country from the family farm in Iowa and pulled into the driveway at 7pm on the second day of driving. The first day of driving was filled with … Continue reading Culture Shock
When Mark was first assigned to the BIS in Basel I never dreamed how much living in Switzerland would change us. Other than the language barrier, I thought getting around there would be breeze. We would move in, live there for 2 years, and then just fly on back to the US. Easy-peasy. How different … Continue reading Switzerland has Ruined America for Me