Friday, March 22, 2013

I Spy Friday

On one of my last few days at work, I came up from the tube station into a light rain.  As I pulled up my hood, the rain suddenly turned into big, fat, fluffy snowflakes. I walked to the bus station and instead of getting under the shelter, I stood on the sidewalk and imagined myself in a London snow globe.

It was dusk.  London must have the best lighting specialist.  Even on the worst days the lighting at dawn and dusk can take your breath away.  I was in a movie, standing on a London sidewalk with magical snow falling from the sky.  Everyone was rushing by, hunkered down under black umbrellas, anxious to get into a warm pub.  I looked out over the Thames and had a moment.  London in the snow is beautiful.  I tilted my head back to catch a snowflake on my tongue.

It landed on my eyeball. 

Aaaaand... moment over.  

London Snow

Sorry, but that's kind of what my last few weeks have been like, the good, the bad and the fluffy.

The Good.


I'm done with the job.  My coworkers were so sweet I almost regretted leaving (almost).  They took me out for a curry, gave me wine and chocolate.  I was surprised at the effort considering I was only there for a few months.  It made my day.

I've attended some great blogging events recently and I'm learning so much about the technical stuff.  I have a new URL for my site.  It's www.SelenaThePlaces.com.  (I've updated my badge.)  I also installed Disqus for my commenting.  I'd love your feedback.  Please let me know if you have any trouble. 

I had some friends over for lunch last weekend which was fantastic!  It was the first visitors we've had to our apartment (great excuse to get it clean).  Friends are definitely the last piece of the Expat Puzzle and probably one of the most important ones.  It was such a fun day.  I didn't want them to leave.   

The Bad.


There was a 4am phone call that makes every mother bolt straight out of bed.  It's amazing what one can discern from that one shaky word "Mom."  My mind instantly knew this is more serious than a fender bender but less serious than an ambulance ride.  "I think I broke my foot."  And she was right.   

I could easily insert a rant here.  About US retail companies that don't give their employees full-time hours (even after 6 years of service) so that they don't have to give them health benefits.  About how expensive health insurance is in the US.  About how my daughter has had to live life without health coverage for the past 5 years.  About the orthopedist who refused to see my uninsured daughter without $500 up front, spent 5 minutes with her and then told her to come back in two weeks (with another $150).   

She just started a new full-time job a few weeks ago and her health benefits kick in in a few months.  Luckily, her new employer has been extremely helpful and it looks like she will only be out for a few weeks.  She is working so hard to get her life going and I hate to see her face these challenges.  It sucks being away from her in times like this!  But, she is one tough cookie.

I had such big plans for this first week at home.  I had lists!  But, instead I've spent the week curled up on the couch under a blanket with a chest cold.  The week has gone by in a blur of hot tea and tissues.   

And I hate to go there, but the weather is so not helping!  Spring is dragging her feet and everyone is just over it.  I just want the feel of sunshine on my skin.  Is that too much to ask?  I think I'll just end this here before it turns into a foot-stomping, full-on hissy fit.  

Here are a few more London in the snow photographs from a few weeks ago.  Hopefully, this will be the last of it. 

London Snow

London in the Snow
 
London Winter Skyline

London Snow

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Has Spring arrived yet where you are?




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  2. Ugh USA health care.... I could rant for days....................... I hope your daughter is alright!! xx

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  3. Thanks, Taylor. She is feeling better. They have her in a boot which is much more comfortable than the temporary splint she had at first. We tease her that she could trip over air and that's exactly what happened! My little klutz. Have a great weekend!!
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  5. Lovely post and photos of a less lovely weather phenomenon!

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  6. I still have London moments even though I moved down here in 1969! Stop halfway across Waterloo Bridge (esp at night). It's still the most beautiful sight on earth.

    I hope your daughter has a speedy recovery - it must be hard to be far away at times like this when you just want to give her a hug.

    Wishing for some spring sunshine too xx

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  7. I think even the ski bunnies are sick of the snow and grey skies in Switzerland, so bring on spring! Sorry to hear about your daughter's broken foot and insurance company woes. Unfortunately many of the international organizations here have adopted the policy of offering only part-time or short-term contracts to minimize the costs and benefits.

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  8. Thanks, Pat. She has a pretty good diagnosis, so hopefully it won't become a chronic problem for her. It's a shame when people can't get basic benefits to take care of things like this. Everyone is crying for Spring! Hopefully it will arrive SOON! xoxo
    Selena

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  9. Hi Louise,

    Where did you move to London from? Waterloo Bridge is quite a sight! Thanks for the well wishes. I definitely need to hug that child of mine! Here's to Spring arriving SOON! xoxo
    Selena

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  10. Thanks, Emma. I am so over this cold weather!
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    Selena

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  11. Ah I know the exact feeling you're talking about in the beginning. London is so beautiful. A few months ago I was getting out of a rough night's work right around westminster, and walking outside and immediately looking up to see Big Ben totally changed my mood.


    Sorry to hear about your daughter's foot... the health care system is really absurd..

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