Author Archives: Mother of All Things

from Michigan to California by car

Well, the day finally came. We packed up everything we thought we’d need for the road and the new apartment, loaded up the cat, and off we went! Was it hard? No, not really. M is excellent in the car, she rarely complained. She was confused about where we were going and why, though. We […]

Celebrating Tihar in Nepal

Tihar is an amazing time to visit Nepal… in Kathmandu there are lights on the houses, colorful “rangali” designs made of powder in front of every building, gardlands of marigolds and other flowers adorning everything, and lots of pretty ceremony on each day of the festival. Also, the children singing “Deusi” and dancing in the […]

Side trip to Nagarkot

If you’ve been in Kathmandu for a bit and are dying to get out of the city, but don’t have time for a trek or longer excursion, take a few days in Nagarkot! This was a great experience for both myself and my preschooler. We stayed in Club Himalaya, the high end hotel in this […]

Take the long layover in Hong Kong!

If you’re going to Nepal from North America, there’s a good chance you will have at least one long layover somewhere in the Middle East or Asia. I’ve heard that Singapore is the best airport for a long layover, but I want to share our amazing experience in Hong Kong International airport. We spent a […]

daily life in Nepal

What makes living in Nepal so different from our life in the USA? So, so much! Waking up We started our day with the crowing of neighborhood roosters. This is how we ended the day before, and also how we spent the night, since the roosters never stop crowing. Also, the sounds of bells ringing […]

the Kathmandu sites (with a preschooler)

There aren’t many (or any) play areas for children in Kathmandu. There is a dreadful lack of playgrounds and green spaces, so most children simply stay inside or play on the roof. Visiting the historical and religious sites of Kathmandu is a way to escape the dust and smog of the city and find some […]

travel musings on Nepal with a three-year-old

Flights I was dreading the 14 hour flights, the layovers, and the jet lag. As it turned out, the flights weren’t nearly as bad as I’d feared. Somehow, the time passed and my kiddo did really well with her ipad and toys and the in-seat entertainment system. We had a few rough patches but… really, […]

autumn in the midwest

Summer in Michigan is beautiful, but I think autumn in the Midwest is my favorite time of year in any place on the planet. Knowing we are leaving for a life of traveling makes me appreciate this last spectacular season at “home”. Who knows when the next fall we spend in Michigan will be? It […]

preparing for travel nursing

I’ve had many, many people (co-workers, family, friends) ask me about my future as a travel nurse in January. Most people ask, “Where are you going first?” or some variation of this question. The answer is, “I don’t know yet, it’s complicated.” This is followed by a lengthy, not always interesting explanation of how this […]

When you’re three in Manhattan…

We just had the pleasure of spending a few days in one of my all time favorite places: New York City. We hit up the island of Manhattan twice and went on a full-out playground tour. So what do we recommend doing with preschoolers if you find yourself in Manhattan for a day? I’d say¬†anything […]