Update on the ALS Bucket Challenge

I am sure you all remember the “hype” a couple of months ago.  Everyone was taking the ALS Bucket Challenge.  I did it myself . . . sans bucket.

Sadly, and as always, people had negative things to say about it – mostly because not everyone was donating cash for the cause.  But the naysayers were quickly silenced because one of the biggest goals of the challenge was to raise awareness.

And that we did.  I took the challenge myself for Team Audry, a high school friend.  I am proud to share her Facebook update with you, in case you also donated to her Team:

Hi everyone!!! Just wanted to give a shout out to Team Audry!!! With all of your generous donations Team Audry raised over $10,500 for The Ocean City Walk To Defeat ALS!!! I love you all So proud to know each and every one of you! Great job!

Whether or not you took the challenge, donated to Team Audry (it’ not too late) or ALS, or simply shared my blog post, I want to Thank You.  We are making a difference!

Team Audry, Ocean City Walk to Defeat ALS

Team Audry, Ocean City Walk to Defeat ALS

We love you too, Audry!!!

Top things to do when Visiting West Chester

This is my list of favorite things to do when going home.  My list is personal, but you may want to check some of it out when you go – or if you are in the area of Philadelphia, Chadds Ford, Chester County, etc.

  • Visit family and friends
  • Drive the country roads of West Chester
  • Cook at home for the family
  • Eat at diners
  • Eat at fancy restaurants!!!
  • Taste a large variety of beers
  • Drink wine with Mom, Billy, and whomever will join me!
  • Visit the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford
  • Walk around the neighborhoods of Philadelphia
  • Discover new things like the East Brandywine trail
  • Shop
  • Did I mention beer, wine and food???

10 Things That Change Once You’ve Lived Overseas


Our friend Natalie at Turkish Travel Blog passed this article around the other day, from a blog called Taking Route. I found it really interesting and completely true. “10 Things that change once you’ve lived overseas.” I got a good laugh out of some of it, like I am constantly forgetting words in English!! And I loved some of the language, like, “This is your life, not a trip” and “Conversions and exchange rates are always on the mind.” But my personal #1 is “You are different.”

What do you think? Anything to add? Any favorites?

Originally posted on Taking Route:


The rewarding experiences one gains from living life overseas can sometimes be crowded out by the inevitable struggles that come with the full, expat-life package. But it’s through those struggles and challenges that you discover more about yourself and the world around you. You embrace lessons learned and broaden your horizons. If you’ve ever lived for an extended amount of time somewhere other than your home country, then you’ve probably experienced some if not all of these changes while living abroad.

1. You are constantly learning and unlearning language. I’m no expert on the brain, but I have a suspicious feeling that my brain regularly shuts the door on certain native-tongue-vocabulary words so that my search will lead me to the word I’m looking for in my newly acquired language. That’s all fine and dandy; that is, unless I was really hoping to find the word in my native language. It’s…

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A Message to Turkish Mothers: about your sons . . .

I bet that title caught your eye!  (Smile.)

On almost a daily basis, I hear Turkish women complain about their husbands. He doesn’t want to go anywhere.  He doesn’t do anything.  He would never consider cooking for me.  Well, I’m here to tell you, it is mostly your fault!


Turkish women, in general, treat their sons like they are “God’s gracious gifts to the world.”  Yep, I said it.  But I don’t dare go any farther here . . .

My advice to these grouchy girls is to teach your sons something else and they may possibly make a “wonderful husband” to a deserving young girl someday. And for goodness sakes, stop coming home to make your teenage (and older) sons lunch every day!

Here’s an example:  I am not sure why my Turkish in-laws were/are so awesome, but yesterday, after picking me up from the airport, my husband finished preparing a dinner for me that he had started the night before.  The menu?

  • Mixed salad with pomegranate and balsamic
  • White rice – naturally started with a browned orzo pasta
  • Steamed Turkish-style green beans with onions, tomatoes, and herbs he picked himself!
  • And the kicker?! – Islim Kebab (Patlican dilim kofte)!  That’s a Turkish meatball, wrapped in thin slices of eggplant.  He skewered them with a toothpick topping them with a slice of tomato, a leaf of home-grown basil, and a  home-grown cherry tomato!

Yes, I am bragging now.

In a nutshell, my message is “Teach Your Children Well!”

Now, what to do about American mothers and their sons . . . ???

PS – I failed to take photos, so below are a few from the internet.  If you are interested in a recipe, check out this one from our friend at Ozlem’s Turkish Table.