Self Discovery

Holed up in what we have designated the “safe room.” It’s actually Jack’s old room and where we stash the stuff we don’t want the movers to pack. My laptop is propped on top of an upright suitcase and I’ve “stolen” a chair from the items to-be-packed. I can’t believe we are doing this again.…

Movie times

Dean says he isn't going to be able to afford to take me to a movie in the U.S. With recliners and wine and food service here in Panama for $12-$14 per movie... I may be a little spoiled.

Cruising through Panama

This month we have two friends who will transit the Panama Canal. One from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, and one from the Pacific to the Atlantic. Yesterday was our first try at finding a friend on a ship as it cruises by us... Want to learn how long it takes to get…

Plugging along and in

Remember being the new kid at school? Or the newest hire in an established business or department? Have you gone to a party where everyone else has known each other for years? That’s a little bit like moving to a new country. You feel like a fish out of water and you are pretty sure…

Bonus Mother’s Day

This year I had two Mother's Days. Yesterday, Dec. 8 was Mother's Day in Panama. Ads, commercials, special promotions, even extended hours at the mall the night before Mother's Day. AND it's a national holiday so everyone is off work so they can spend time with their mamas. Mothers deserve no less. Coffee and pastries…

Our U.S. phone numbers are done, we think

I cancelled our AT&T lines yesterday. At least I think I did. We tried to cancel our phone lines ahead of time while in the U.S. You know, just end the contract at the end of the next billing period. Thought it would be neat and easy. AT&T didn’t agree. They had never heard of…

Along the Amador Causeway

  We went to the Biomuseo today and just looking at the views near there makes me want to convince you all to come see this! I need a better camera with me next time. Not just my phone.

A really rainy day

Today we woke up to rain, wind and warmth. It's very gray out.  If I crank the hotel A/C I could pretend it is a cold day, eat soup and read books from bed. We are holed up in the hotel, playing games and debating what to do next today. The boys have been working…

“Mr. Watson come here — I want to see you”

  Day Two of trying to unlock phones. It’s making me crazy. AT&T kindly puts “unlocking your phone is simple with a few steps…” on its website. Liars. We need phones. Phones with Panamanian numbers so we don’t just rely on the hotel Wi-Fi to communicate. We’ve paid good money for perfectly good phones. Why…

A spa day

I thought I would treat myself to a spa treatment. This international moving thing has been a little stressful and a mama has to take care of herself, right? Yesterday after visiting the pool area with the boys, I stopped by the spa welcome desk. I met a lovely woman named Luz and she signed…