Tag Archives: snow

SCHIZOPHRENIC SPRING (REDUX): A Blizzard in Iceland

In the middle of a conference call Wednesday morning, I remarked aloud that a storm had blown in and the wind grown incredibly fierce. A few minutes later, the line went dead. The Internet stopped working. Even my cell phone … Continue reading

Posted in Iceland, snow, Spring | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

SWIMMING IN THE SNOW

On Sunday, snow blew sideways across the garden. Wind raced in from the north, then from the east. Overnight, a thick layer of ice covered the ground, so by mid-day, when the blizzard hit, heavy patches of white quickly piled … Continue reading

Posted in Exercise, Iceland, snow | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

I CAN’T HELP BUT THINK YOU BEAUTIFUL

  Oh, Iceland—you are stunning of late. With your crisp air, pink skies, frozen lakes, and that marvelous light dusting of snow on the mountain, I can’t help but think you beautiful. So much so, that I can almost forgive … Continue reading

Posted in Fall, Iceland, Reykjavik, snow | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

SCHIZOPHRENIC SPRING

Our house is whistling. It sounds like the wind will yank it up from the foundation and pitch it across the fjord. Someone told me that today the winds reached sixty miles an hour. After our very long winter, I … Continue reading

Posted in Birthday, expat, Foreign Service, Iceland, Reykjavik, Spring | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

WOOL, COTTON, and CASHMERE: Dabbling in Icelandic Fashion

Spotted on the streets of Reykjavik: *a tall blonde in a long black cape *a leggy lady in leather pants *a teen in hot pink tights with a short red, green, & blue striped dress *a mother in a black … Continue reading

Posted in expat, Fashion, Foreign Service, Iceland, Reykjavik, Spring, Winter | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

COFFEE & MY HAPPY LIGHT

Lots of coffee and time with the happy light needed today–it’s back to howling wind and blizzard-like conditions after yesterday’s beautiful sun.

Posted in Foreign Service, Iceland, snow, Travel, Winter | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

THE SMELL OF THE SEA & THE SNOW

First was the smell of the sea and the snow then a sighting of swans on my midday walk in the land of perpetual twilight.

Posted in Iceland, snow, Winter | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

STALIN’S SNOW

Puffed white seedlings float through Moscow’s hot summer streets, alighting on park benches, gathering on corners, or flitting through crowds, before a gust forces them onward. Often, the millions of ever-present puffs hang, suspended in mid-air as if they are … Continue reading

Posted in expat, expatriate, Foreign Service, Moscow, moving, Russia, snow, Spring, Summer, trailing spouse, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

PANTIES IN A PERIHOD

Moscow is melting. Slush and puddles fill our yard. Everywhere I hear the glorious drip, drip, drip of SPRING! But that also means our time is running out. After two years of exploring, we only have three more months before … Continue reading

Posted in Bucket List, creative writing, expat, expatriate, Foreign Service, ice, literary, Moscow, Russia, snow, Spring, trailing spouse, Travel, Winter | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

THIS ISN’T SEX IN THE BIG CITY, THIS IS LOVE IN A SMALL ROOM (ALMOST)

The ballroom of the United States ambassador’s grand residence in Moscow was dark. On the ceiling, above the ornate crown molding and the arched windows, yellow and blue geometric patterns swirled and then faded in their weak attempt at a … Continue reading

Posted in expat, expatriate, Foreign Service, Moscow, Motherhood, Parenting, Russia, snow, Spaso House, Teeth, trailing spouse, Travel, Vice President of the United States, VIP Visits, Winter | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments