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Is it Fall yet?

2 whole months have passed since I last posted anything. I'm terribly sorry to the 4 people that still read this!

Has anything happened since then? Um, a couple things.

1. I turned 40. (I know right?! I'm so young!)

I went to Las Vegas and gambled, ate too much, and drank too much. I came home with money so that has to be good. Vegas is an interesting place. I was honestly surprised at how many kids there were there. It was odd seeing places that I had only seen in movies. I did hum the tune to Ocean's 11 when I was standing watching the fountains at the Bellagio. I even managed to get my nerd on and go to Avengers STATION and pass my assessment with a perfect score. I even managed to get a 1st class upgrade on the way home after United screwed up my return flight from Dulles to Charleston.

2. My eldest child became a teenager. (Again, I know! I am so
young!!)

We took him to Georgia and he managed to leave his cell phone in Georgia Aquarium. We discovered this when we had w…

Middle School!

It's been a while. Sorry. Life can get away with you sometimes. My life is definitely getting away from me! I now have 2 middle schoolers in my house!

We managed to end the school year without incident. Z passed all his classes and is officially in 7th grade. We did think he may be kept back, or passed into 7th grade but with restrictions, because he was failing math class. However, we signed him up with Mathnasium just before Christmas and as a result he did well in the following months and passed math class. He is going to continue to go to Mathnasium on a regular basis because it works and he needs the additional help. It's been a while since I was in a math class! His sister on the other hand, finished off her elementary school years with Honor Roll and singing in her school talent show. We recently got the school class list for both K & Z, and K is in ALL Honors classes once she starts 6th grade. I guess we will see how she goes, and if she really struggles, we may as…

29th Annual Blessing of the Fleet

After being in Mount Pleasant, SC for over 4 years, we have finally gone to the 29th Annual Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival. It was really cool to see all of the shrimp boats, and other people out on the Cooper River in their boats, of varying size and speed. Here are some of the photos I took. (They are all in my Flickr album which can be found here)

Vice Principals

A perk of being in the US is that I get opportunities like this.

Last year I spent several months working as an extra/background actor on a tv show for HBO that was being filmed in Charleston, SC.

The show is called Vice Principals, was written by Danny McBride, and it will be on HBO in July.
This is a teaser trailer for it.






Being a Grown Up

We owned a house in the UK up until a couple weeks ago. We finally sold it and will soon, all being well, be in a position to buy somewhere here in South Carolina. Of course, with selling a property, you have to deal with the tax implications. Being an expat we have to deal with the tax implications in the UK and here in the US. I discovered by chance that we have to inform HMRC within 30 days of selling the house or we can be fined. Luckily there is an online form we can submit ahead of doing our actual self assessment tax return later in the year. We have to inform them separately because we owned it jointly and sold it jointly. We have to work out what, if any, Capital Gains Tax we have to pay here and there. Luckily we can defer payment of the UK CGT until the end of January 2017, which as luck would have it coincides with our tax return for the US in which we have to declare the sale. I have looked for information regarding the US aspect of CGT and I have to say, I have done more…

It's A New Year. First Post of 2016.

It is 2016.

Holy crap! How did that happen? (I know how it happened, I'm just amazed it is 2016 already)

So, this is going to be a good year. It will.

This year I turn 40. Honestly that is a good thing. Doctors told my parents I'd be dead by Christmas 1976. I plan on having a blow-out in Vegas and getting absolutely blotto with a group of girlfriends.

Before I turn 40 I have 4 things I want to learn.

1: Learn to knit. I am getting on with it, slowly. I have been following these YouTube videos.

2: Learn to dance. The husband has offered to learn with me, I just have to choose what dance I want to learn. I have found a dance school in town and I am going to check them out.


3: Learn sign language. I found a course at a local community college, but there is a pre-requisite that I'd need to meet before joining the ASL class. There are loads of online courses though that I think I will have a go at first.

4: Learn to surf. I have found a place that does lessons, and guarantees …