BBC and TV License

18 Jan

Today as I was driving to the office, I was thinking about how public radio and television is organized in the UK. It has great shows like in the states, but there seems to be more choice (rather than just … Read More »

Leaving presentation tradition

12 Jan

The other day, one of the folks from my work was leaving the company. While I’ve been with the UK organization for over two years, I get tickled by the leaving presentation tradition. It turns out from chatting with folks, … Read More »

Winter in England

7 Jan

We are officially into the New Year. The kids have started school, I’ve gone back to work, and Susie is getting the calendar (I mean diary) in order. For the last few days, we’ve got a bit of sunshine. However, … Read More »

Happy Holidays

26 Dec

Christmas and Hannukah have passed and New Years is around the corner. I’ve decided over the holiday break to update our GreenObjects website with photographs and our life in the United Kingdom. The website was terribly out of date. I … Read More »

Russian Christmas in England

25 Dec

We decided to stay in England this year for Christmas. We celebrated with friends of ours in Cambridge. Ironically, they are originally from Russia and they had friends from Russia visiting. We hosted dinner Christmas Eve. In Texas, we would … Read More »

Vacation/ Annual Leave

22 Dec

It’s amazing how vacation (holiday to the British) is handled in Europe. In the UK, a fulltime employee is allocated 28 days off. In some countries (like Austria, Denmark, and Sweden), this number is over 35 days. In addition, most … Read More »

David Romano

18 Dec

My best friend from Junior High in Miami came to London today. Though I was still recovering from a virus, there was no way I was going to pass up an hour train ride to see him. We met in … Read More »

Biet Holim

14 Dec

Its been a terrible week. Susie got sick at the end of last week. She missed out on much of the Hanukkah festivities. At the beginning of the week, I caught the dreaded virus. Whether it is the flu or … Read More »

St. Paul’s Christmas Fair

7 Dec

Tonight was St. Paul’s School Christmas Fair. Susie ran the Year 4 booth (bottle tombola) and I ran the refreshments/ food booth. Gabriel joined with friends from Parkside. They helped with the setup and running of some of the other … Read More »

Thanksgiving under the weather

28 Nov

It’s been an interesting Thanksgiving. My folks came to visit. Susie and Pearl had a terrible cold. So, the energy in the house was mixed. I helped with the Thanksgiving meal/ preparation. Susie made pumpkin pie and dressing (southern stuffing … Read More »

Glaze to Amaze Birthday

17 Nov

We held Pearl’s birthday party at Glaze to Amaze. There were over ten kids, a mixture of boys and girls. The setup was great with a dedicated area. We brought some extra art supplies, snacks, and chocolate cake. The kids … Read More »

Sailing across the Atlantic

7 Nov

We had some friends come visit for dinner. Nick and Gesa are leaving England for life on a sailboat. Nick leaves later in the week to begin the Milk Run across the Atlantic. Gesa will join him, with their two … Read More »

Pumpkin Carving Party

27 Oct

We had a great party tonight. The kids had a bunch of friends from school join along with their parents. There was probably around 50 people. We cooked a turkey and guests brought side dishes. With Halloween around the corner, … Read More »