Sunday, January 22, 2017

Happy New Year!

I promised you dog pictures right? 

Well, here's the little precious that I dogsat before I left for vacation:
It certainly made the holiday a little brighter to have him around (and he did a good job keeping me active on all those cold days!)

In other news, I'm just back from the US - a country that seems a little stranger every time I return. Bet you can't guess where I was?

Yep, back to my sandpile where we finally have almost all the approvals and they can break ground soon!  I really ought to write a post when the house is built about the process of building a house while living overseas (and the complex issues of state residency) when it's all over and done with. It's such a complicated and specific circumstance that even the government officials I spoke to about taxes, voting, etc weren't always quite sure how I should proceed. But at least I'm moving in the right direction!

Big thanks go to my parents too for shouldering so much of the burden to get the house built. I hope they get to enjoy it as much as I do - or more!

Glad to be back to the blog! I hope there's plenty to write about in the last 7-8 months of my tour here.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy Holidays!

Clearly my priorities have been elsewhere lately, but now that the holidays are over I plan to pick back up with the blogging. 
Just as soon as I get back from vacation.

Check back in a week or so for my heartwarming Italian Christmas story and an ode to the little dog I borrowed for the holidays.

In the meantime I'll leave you with a little bit of apartment DIY that made my place a bit cozier this season.

Where there's a will...

*See that radiator in the background? Let me just warn you that while it adds authenticity it is not a friend to the aging laptop.