Category: Family

Meet the in-laws, part 2

The big day dawned bright and hot and sunny. One of the traditions in Croatia when it comes to celebrating weddings is that all the family and friends come to the house before the wedding mass, where there’s a buffet style spread, lots of drinks, and lots of mingling. We’d booked a full size coach ...

Meet the in-laws, part 1

I’ve long thought that weddings can get a bit weird sometimes, with SO much planning and thought going into what’s often touted as “the biggest day of your life”, when at the end of the day it’s really mostly about the party and the celebrations more than it ever seems to be about the actual ...

When birthdays meet hormones…

Chalk it up to my long time hatred of odd numbers or just some plain old hormoaning, but I was not looking forward to turning forty-three last week. So much was I NOT feeling it that I cancelled the group dinner booking for the Friday night of my birthday and made sure to have no ...

Cake, coleslaw, and polka dots.

Guys I’m quietly freaking out that it’s almost September. Child number four celebrated his first Holy Communion on the weekend. One last chance for me to do the massive at home Communion party where I spend two days preparing, cleaning, shopping, and cooking for all the people I’ve invited and have no idea where I’m ...

Brain dump: all the randomness that’s fit to print.

Not ready to go home and face all the responsibilities waiting for me there. I can’t even start thinking about the Mt Fuji of stuff that needs my attention the minute I get back. No more food. Seriously, I can not face any more food. How much have alcohol have I enjoyed while on holidays? ...

Beyonce: the ultimate bogan.

First of all, I dare say I’m probably late to the party with my two cents on this topic, but let’s blame it on the holiday-mode-almost-news-free bubble and leave it at that. Beyonce. That photo. Not this one, which was bad enough. How could we forget the big pregnant-with-twins reveal photo? Yes I was mighty ...

On taking back what’s always been mine.

It’s strange sometimes to imagine that, despite being born half a world away, my love for the country of my ancestors runs so deep and strong. It’s not a blind head-in-the-sand kind of love, unfortunately Croatia has all the same economical problems facing other European countries, and don’t even get me started on the corrupt ...

Learning to slow down

The first week it’s all about the jet lag, struggling to keep your eyes open before it’s even dark and being awake with the chickens, roosters, and farmers. The second week you start to stay up later and sleep until a more normal time, until suddenly you find that you’ve woken up and it’s somehow ...

Ana’s guide to Croatia*

*By “Croatia” I specifically mean the Dalmatian coast, and even more specifically the city of Zadar, located almost smack bang in the middle of the Croatian coastline on the Adriatic Sea. This is where our family is and where we base ourselves, so it’s definitely the part of the country I know best and feel ...

Why I’m kind of over mothers day

There have been many mothers day posts over the years raging against Michael Buble and Andre Rieu CD’s, slippers, and kitchen appliances. It just never fucking changes. Look around the shops today, tomorrow, or any time this past fortnight and what you will see are some sad white chrysanthemums {because you’re not worth an expensive ...