OMG I’m c**p at this!

Here’s the thing. When I decided we should track our spending last month, I thought it was just to smooth out any rough edges, find anything we might be paying too much for. But it turns out our spending habits are terrible, and not at all what you’d expect from someone from blogs about being…

The Slow-Paced 21st Century

It’s 3 pm on a Wednesday and you’ve just got home. Your other half will be back soon too, with the children – you both work full-time – so you make a drink and a snack for all of you. You had a good lunch so you’re not hungry yet, but you’ll need plenty to…

Time and money, money and time…

So far I’ve talked a lot about money, but actually of the two things in the title of this post it’s time that’s more important. Money flows in and out, but time goes in one direction only, and there’s nothing you can do to change that (unless you’re going to get into some very weird…

That’s not it at all!

You can easily be misinterpreted when you give advice or advocate a particular point of view, so I thought I’d clear up any confusion before it arises. That way I can refer people with queries here and won’t have to keep spending time explaining things (mwaaahahahaha!). This is what I’m NOT saying: That cheaper is…

What’s so different?

So what are those changes I’ve made in the last 18 months? In early April 2013 I’d decided to move to the Netherlands, and I’d found a house here, but I was still living in Switzerland. I didn’t want to stay there permanently: I’d moved there in 2011 to study. I decided I was willing…

Welcome!

Whether you’re a new reader or have followed me here from my old blog (now closed), thanks! This will be a very different blog from my first one: it won’t focus on professional issues. I’ve made a huge number of changes to my life over the last eighteen months, and in the process I’ve come…

Language Immersion and New-Fangled Technology

First published on my old blog in July 2013. We all know the argument: if you want to learn a foreign language, you have to live in a country where it’s spoken. Formal study is an artificial way of learning a language, whereas living somewhere the language is spoken guarantees proficiency. You’ll be immersed in…

Have we got it backwards?

First published on my old blog in October 2013. Something unexpected happened after I published this post. [It discussed why there seemed to be few women at the top of the translation profession even though a majority of translators are women.] It sparked quite a debate, especially on Facebook. Some people agreed with me about…