Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Day 10.007: No snow, snow - now!

As of this morning, almost all our snow was gone:

As of this evening, more is expected overnight.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Day 10.005: Exile #2's Sunday Column #159

Exile #2 writes...

I think it's fair to say that we didn't leap out of bed this morning, after our party yesterday, but it was worth it. Thanks to some determined tidy up efforts last night, the house was in fairly good shape. We even managed to be in Portland by 9:00 am, although we were a little sleepy.

We were back in Portland again this afternoon for a gathering to sing songs on the theme of protest and the struggle for justice. It felt like an appropriate way to spend the afternoon before Martin Luther King Day, and a good way to frame the coming year.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Day 10.004: Party of the decade!

We had quite a few people round for a party this afternoon and evening to celebrate our 10 years in the USA. We had some comedy gems from Very British Problems, some place name pronunciations and some English English quiz questions, a slideshow of our last 10 years and a selection of UK and US music from the last decade as well as a lot of food and drink and lively conversations.

Our guests were from church and work and dance and karate as well as British locals we've met due to hearing each others' accents. I think everyone had a good time!

I was so busy that I took no photographs until everyone had left and we'd started the tidying up - at which point it looked like this:

Friday, January 13, 2017

Day 10.003: Straight to the dance

I took Exile #4 to the school dance tonight - with straightened hair and some makeup on, meanwhile, this is what Exile #4 looked like:

In other news: I've no idea why certain people don't think my jokes are funny.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Day 10.002: What not to do - and what to do?

For those not sure what to do with the urinal, here is the sign to explain both what not to do and what to do:

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Day 10.001: Ten years!

Ten years ago, two thirty-somethings and their four and two year-old daughters woke up in a hotel room on the outskirts of Albany, New York having arrived the previous evening on one-way tickets from London.

We've all changed quite a bit since then - especially (I hope you'd agree) these two:

This picture is actually from Day 3.