A day in the life…

A day in the life of a single mother expat living and working in Shanghai. When I first arrived in Shanghai, I wrote a general idea about what I thought it was like to live in Shanghai.  That was a long time ago, a different place, and very different circumstances. Now, I live in a…

Thank God for Home Ec!

I have heard many times that it is interesting to hear how different China is from America, and there is a lot of material on this topic. And it sounds like having  a nanny is a first-world problem, which it kind of is, but it kind of isn’t. First let me explain. Having a nanny is…

Showing up

The first week of my 47th year did not go well.  I spent way too much on an over-hyped hotel, that did not live up to expectations.  My birthday dinner was an incredibly over-priced hamburger in a dark bar.  I got bit by sand fleas, and we couldn’t wait to go home. My nanny decided…

Looking at 47

I am 47. Closer to 50 than 40. A lot of women don’t like to tell their age, but cancer survivors know that birthdays are victory celebrations. We’re lucky to have them. Since I’ve been in China, I have had four. The first one sucked. But the other three have been pretty good. I have…