Submitted by Kaitlin on Sun, 09/04/2011 - 19:06
I can hardly believe it, I leave a month from today to go live in Utrecht, The Netherlands. It feels like it took a long time to get to this point, but it also feels like everything is happening so fast. I am sure this month will be a blur. There is so much to do!
Submitted by Kaitlin on Fri, 09/02/2011 - 01:16
I've written quite a bit about my preparations for Atti's move with me to The Netherlands. This is because, it is quite a process and there is not too much online that makes it really easy. Last Saturday, Atti and I went to our USDA approved vet to have his European Microchip put in, as well as his rabies shot. I wrote a post about where to find a Euro Microchip, for those of you who are interested.
Submitted by Kaitlin on Mon, 08/29/2011 - 01:46
I love food! It is one of the great passions I have in my life. I love reading about food, talking about food, cooking and baking, experimenting with new flavors, grossing my friends out with my fearless pursuits of interesting exotic flavors, and of course consuming it. (Just don't let me near a red bell pepper, there is nothing more disgusting on this planet than a bell pepper, and the red ones are their own breed of disgusting). Some of my favorite memories come from food, I was fortunate enough to be able to bake my two best friends wedding cakes.
Submitted by Kaitlin on Tue, 08/16/2011 - 02:26
I have been remiss at my duties dear readers. I haven't been keeping you all as up to date in everything that is going on with my preparations of becoming an expat. I am sincerely sorry for this. Things have just been pretty hectic lately and work has been really stressing me out. You see, last week I changed positions and have been slowly transitioning my clients over to other people in preparation for my departure. It is absolutely necessary, but has really been taking its toll on me, because I allow myself to get too emotionally involved.
Submitted by Kaitlin on Mon, 08/15/2011 - 04:27
Birthday's tend to make people reflect on their lives thus far. I have been very fortunate in my quarter of a century on this planet. I have learned a lot about myself and I continue to do so on almost a daily basis. While it is true, given that I am moving to a country where I don't speak the language in order to be happy and spend everyday with the person I love, it might appear that I don't give a fuck what people think about what I do with my life. I still do a little bit. Slightly, alright really not all that much.
Submitted by Kaitlin on Sat, 08/13/2011 - 03:21
I am no longer a car owner. Under normal circumstances, this would be a near impossible thing living in Metro Atlanta as I currently do. But I am lucky enough to be able to carpool into work with my mom for my remaining work days. So, why you might ask am I so excited to no longer be a car owner? Because this means besides my student loan, I don't anyone a thing in this world.
Submitted by Kaitlin on Mon, 08/08/2011 - 03:10
I went to Columbia, South Carolina this weekend to see my cousin Alice for her 24th birthday! Alice and I are exactly one week less than being a year apart. While this caused some rivalry when we were little, as we have grown into adulthood, we have gotten to be super close. Columbia, is about 4 hours away from Atlanta. So, not too long of a drive, but very fitting for my last mini trip in the United States until I move. It is going to be really strange to not just be able to jump in a car and go see my family.
Submitted by Kaitlin on Fri, 07/29/2011 - 03:39
You constantly hear that the United States Education System is lacking. I never really put much thought into this because I feel like I got a pretty decent, broad education. Sure, I am not yet bilingual, but I took a class where I got to wield a blow torch. Perspective people, honestly. It wasn't until I started telling friends and co-workers about my upcoming move to The Netherlands, that I realized- American's have no clue about Geography.
Submitted by Kaitlin on Thu, 07/28/2011 - 00:50
I read a lot of expat blogs. Like a boy scout I like to be prepared. A theme on them this week seems to be about what people miss the most about their home country while being an expat. Since, I am trying really hard to become an optimist, I have decided to focus on tthe things I can’t wait to move to Holland for. Here is my list, in no particular order:
Submitted by Kaitlin on Sun, 07/24/2011 - 18:38
I saw this idea on a blog I just started reading, The Lighthouse Keeper, and I thought, hmm I should make a list like that. I love lists! The particular blog was 25 things before turning 25, but since I turn 25 in less than a month, I decided to get a head start. So without further ado, here you are:
In no particular order:
1. Move to Utrecht.
2. Be able to communicate in Dutch.
3. Get married, I'm engaged so this isn't a huge jump.
4. Take up ballet again.