• March 2016: Athens, Greece

    Athens was the first city we ever visited in Europe, seven years or so ago, and we loved it.  So when we saw an opportunity to go there to do a house sit, we were happy to agree to watch some cats while a couple went out to see a bit of the world. Athens has some of the most mind-blowing sights … Keep reading
  • Net Worth March 2016

    To read more about how this is calculated, and what we do and don’t count in our net worth, please visit the Net Worth Methodology page. You can see all net worth posts here. Assets   $ Diff % Diff Cash $28,754 $7,218 33.52 % Stocks $24,204 $2,043 9.22 % Bonds $0 $0 – Annuities $192,176 $0 0.00 % Retirement … Keep reading
  • March 2016: Pamukkale, Turkey

    Before leaving Turkey after Annabelle’s birth, we decided that we really should take a small side-trip to see a little more of the country than just Istanbul. As amazing as that city is, there were plenty of places to visit, and though our side-trip opportunities for exploring Turkey were limited with a newborn, we couldn’t head off without seeing at … Keep reading
  • December 2015 – March 2016: Istanbul, Turkey

    We flew to Istanbul in mid-December, when I was six weeks from my due date. We left three months later in mid-March, when Annabelle was 6 weeks old. It was a pretty important stop for us, to say the least. Our first task when we landed was to find a place to live. We’d gotten an AirBnB several weeks prior, … Keep reading
  • Net Worth February 2016

    To read more about how this is calculated, and what we do and don’t count in our net worth, please visit the Net Worth Methodology page. You can see all net worth posts here. Assets   $ Diff % Diff Cash $21,536 $2,306 11.99 % Stocks $22,161 ($266) -1.19 % Bonds $0 $0 – Annuities $192,176 $0 0.00 % Retirement … Keep reading
  • Annabelle’s Birth Story

    “You had your baby where?” It’s not a new question for us. Out of all the things we’ve done since leaving our jobs, having a baby abroad is certainly the one that’s caused the most eyebrow raising. After we left the U.S., my sister shared our story with her friends and coworkers, and she told us she noticed a pattern: … Keep reading
  • Net Worth January 2016

    To read more about how this is calculated, and what we do and don’t count in our net worth, please visit the Net Worth Methodology page. You can see all net worth posts here. Assets   $ Diff % Diff Cash $19,230 ($10,190) -34.64 % Stocks $22,427 ($2,017) -8.25 % Bonds $0 $0 – Annuities $192,176 $0 0.00 % Retirement … Keep reading
  • January 12, 2016: The Day My Wife (And Unborn Child) Didn’t Die

    So my wife–who is eight and 1/2 months pregnant–walks to the grocery store this morning. She buys some bread and cereal, walks back. After getting back she says, “There’s something going on at Sultanahmet—there were a bunch of police and ambulances and stuff.” They were not there when she walked past it on the way to the grocery store, but were … Keep reading
  • A Morning Run

    I tied my sneakers and turned on my music, determined to actually get some exercise. I was disappointed in how little I’d gotten for several days, despite how important it was to stay healthy this late in the pregnancy.  Every day I had an excuse: my back was aching, it was raining, I’d slept in and was too hungry to … Keep reading
  • House Sitting

    When we were still living in the states, we heard about house sitting in a travel podcast. The podcast explained that house sitting websites help connect people with homes and animals with other people who are willing to come watch said homes and animals while the owners are away. It sounded like a pretty sweet gig. Taking care of a … Keep reading