Thursday, March 31, 2016

Celebrity Homes: Julia Child's Cottage in Provence

Photo Credit: Curbed.com
Now THIS is a kitchen!

In my 50s, I'd like to build a little house like Julia Child's perfectly-sized home (1,500 square feet, which is about 139 square meters) in Southeastern France. On the market late last year, it has since been purchased and will soon be a culinary retreat center. That would be a fun holiday!

Photo Credit: Sotheby's/NYTimes.com

Photo Credit: Curbed.com

Photo Credit: Curbed.com

Photo Credit: Curbed.com

Photo Credit: NYTimes.com

Photo Credit: NYTimes.com

Photo Credit: NYTimes.com


Thursday, March 10, 2016

Expat Feelings = Thankful + Overwhelmed

From WSJ.com

For the most part, I resist calling myself "expat spouse" because, like a tricky slip dress that I can't bring myself to wear, somehow it does not seem to fit. But reading up on being the "trailing spouse" really helps me realize that I'm not crazy to feel a melange of gratefulness, excitement, physical exhaustion, and anxiety over how I'm doing over here. I am aware of my blessings and opportunities, but now I'm allowing myself to admit (even if it's just to me and my husband) that some things can be tougher than I thought. The Wall Street Journal Expat Blog is a great resource - so many interesting, diverse stories from all over the world. Some of my favorites so far -

Friday, March 4, 2016

Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie


Growing up I knew about Marie Curie because of Chemistry classes and because of my aunt (my mother's sister, who is a past TOYS awardee for Chemical Sciences).  I got to visit the Curies' tomb in the Pantheon a few years ago.  Never really became interested until I read this book (borrowed from my sisters' place in Manila). What a fascinating life. A century ago, she was already opening up opportunities for women and girls in STEM. Great read. Ok, for a change of pace I'm reading fiction next. :D