Tuesday, September 02, 2008

What are y'all on?

I was planning to post about our Wales trip today but due to unforseen circumstances, it's not gonna happen.  (Hint:  When you put stuff up for sale on the Gumtree, people might actually ring you up and ask to come see it and/or pick it up.  And chances are, you will not have removed your personal belongings from the dresser that they want nor will you have removed the pretty and expensive drawer pulls that you lovingly added when you bought it and replaced the pretty and expensive drawer pulls with the boring ones that actually came with the dresser.  Also?  We're probably going to be living out of old shopping bags for a month!  Wheee!)

So how about this instead....  Somehow, I made it to over 100,000 hits today.  When I started this here ol' interwebs diary three years ago, I figured it would be a good way to keep friends and family back in the States posted on what we're up to and post photos from our travels and life in London.  It grew from there to become the mess it is today.  It's where I brag, cry, rant, rave, and generally spout off at the mouth about anything and everything and for some reason, you people seem to want to read it.  I don't know who the few hundred of you that stop by everyday are but thanks for coming back over and over again.

I'm loathe to be one of those bloggers begging for comments but maybe just this once...  At the risk of making an idiot of myself if no one responds to this plea, perhaps you could indulge me and post a quick comment below to say hi and let me know who's out there reading?  I'll open it up to allow anonymous comments for a little while so those of you who don't have Blogger or Open ID accounts can still post.

(And don't anybody go getting ideas about leaving snarky comments.  I'll put a pox on your house.  I've been reading up on Elizabethan witchcraft so don't think I don't know how.  It's easier than you'd think.)  

67 comments:

Jessi said...

I have been reading regularly. As a former expat, I love hearing about your travels.

andrea said...

I'm Andrea, originally from Atlanta, living in London, about to move back to Atlanta...uh, wait, we, like, hang out. Never mind.

Oh Gumtree. Time to get our stuff up there I guess, since we move in THREE weeks. Yikes.

wanderlust said...

hiya..i'm suita, i read your blog :) we've moved to london on work and have been here for 2 yrs now ! love reading your blog and the places you guys have visited !!

Alice said...

I read your blog every day. Although I feel a little weird to admit that. I'm not a stalker or anything. Well, not much. :) I'm actually a friend of Andrea's. Live in Atlanta and very excited she's coming home. I do hope you'll continue the blog once you return to North Carolina. Your blog makes me laugh most mornings and it's a great way to start my day. :)

andrea said...

Alice is totally a stalker. I don't even know her really. Lies, it's all lies!

Maureen said...

I have absolutely no connection to you whatsoever, except that a friend (who also has no connection to you) somehow found your blog and told me about it. You're on my Google Reader now, under "Diversions" - because sometimes we all need to live vicariously through an absoultely hysterical person whom we've never met. Thanks for blogging!

Just a Girl said...

I lurk.
You are in my Bloglines.

Suze - Cheshire, UK said...

I met you at a sex toy party that Monique held once in a flat I shared with her in Putney. You seemed as evil as me, I guess that's why I read - and you never disappoint. Oh and occasionally we meet up and be evil together. That always rocks.

Ashely said...

Back in mid-December, this loud mouth a few cubes down from me named Melanie was laughing loudly (surprise, surprise) and forwarded your "Arts and Crafts Time with Heather" post to me. I almost wet my pants and have been a faithful reader ever since! I enjoy living vicariously through you as I sit in my little gray wall dungeon. Mel says we have to grab lunch one day when you're back in Rough Raleigh! I'm looking forward to it!

MrsBlueberry said...

I read because you are kind of my alterego. I am also named Heather and am married to Jason (not your Jason, a different one). My Jason is originally from England, but we live in NC for now (where I am from). I sit right beside Melanie at work actually, which is how I came across your blog. I love reading about your adventures in and around England as my Jason and I hope to get over there and do the same thing someday! Cheers!

Jason & Ashley said...

I found your blog when I was researching our move to London almost a year ago. I've been reading every since.

Anonymous said...

Oops, I think I just sent my comment to your email address instead of posting it here. I'm not very good with the whole blogging thing. To recap what I just wrote, I'm from Toronto and planning a move to the UK. I came across your blog on an expat website. It's hilarious and I admit to reading it daily. It's made me look so much more forward to my move to London.

geo said...

I came upon your blog through Beth & Rino' site. Funny thing is that I met you in person before they did... ha! I pretty much read your blog every day, you're right there in my Firefox bookmark toolbar :)

Erin said...

My husband and I have dreams of moving abroad and through research somehow I stumbled upon your blog. It's great to read about London but it's really the hilarity that keeps me coming back to read. Hope you keep up the blog when you move back to the States.

Erin in Northern California.

CT said...

hey heather-
i used to work with you here at S&R and got the link when you first got there. i don't get a chance to read daily but catch up when i do read. today is a slow day (shhhhhh!!) so i am catching up :)

have a safe trip back to the US.

Conswella

Tonya & Michael said...

Hey! Started reading your blog when my 'lil sis Melanie told me about it! She is a good friend of yours and your blog makes me die laughing!! I've even started blogging myslef due to you and Melanie, Ashley and Heather (other sisters at MMC in Cary) Looking forward to meeting you at Churchills when you get back!

Andrea said...

So I very rarely de-lurk, but since you asked so nicely I will :)

I enjoy reading international blogs to gain ideas on where to go/what to do when I travel. Yours is great!

Andy in Nashville said...

Hi Andrea! I found your blog through an expat blog directory. I have considered living in Europe and thought I might try it out vicariously. I have several expat blogs that I keep tabs on but yours is only one of two that I check regularly. Your blog has not only been informative but also lighthearted and fun which I appreciate. I'm also putting in a request for a Raleigh blog, because I've thought about moving there too but don't know too much about it. I wish you and Jason the best as you move back to the states!

Robin said...

I have been a regular reader. (You are hilarious & always crack me up). I'm originally from Raleigh & moved "all the way" to Kansas City via Atlanta about 10 years ago. An avid ocean lover, I now reside in the middle of the U.S. (I never said I thought this through!)
Thanks for blogging & please continue when you get back to N.C.

Felanie Melanie said...

HOLLER!!! HURRY HOME!!! That is about all I have to say!!! I am so counting down the days...

Steph said...

Heather - you know I love your blog (and you, of course)!!! 100,000 hits - thats awesome. Congratulations my friend. :)

Anonymous said...

I'm a friend of Andrea's and have been religiously reading your blog for well over a year now. You are an amazing writer and have a slightly warped sense of humor (which I greatly appreciate!). I also love living vicariously through you and your travels. I have never laughed as loud as I did about 6 or 8 months ago. You were out with a friend and a random guy was texting your phone soliciting you. The screen caps were priceless.

Nancy

PS - I'm also a label whore...

iseattleite said...

I'm Raquel, a regular to your blog. I've been on Blogger for a few years now and forgot how I came across your blog, but I'm glad I did. I love your page and have to have my daily dose of Heather! You make me laugh with your stories and I love when you post pictures from your travels and life in London. And, I'm looking forward to reading of your life in North Carolina when you make the move back home. xoxo :)

P.S. I have moved my blog to Wordpress.

sarah said...

I'm an expat as well. I came across your site ages ago from another expat site, and I've been reading ever since.

A new path said...

Hi there! Sheepishly delurking....
I can't remember how I found your blog but it was quite a while ago. I'm Irish, but live in Germany. I really like the fact that you can laugh at the challenges living abroad presents rather than complaining. It makes for a very entertaining blog! I'm also very jealous of your travels :-)I hope that your move goes smoothly and I look forward to the next posts. Viele Grüße from Frankfurt.

selica said...

Regular reader de-lurking* to say hello. I found your blog from another expat blogger last year when I was getting ready to move to Paris. I love your humor and hope you keep blogging when you're back in the states.



**lurking sounds like such a dirty word... in French its even worse: menacer. Why can't we just say frequent visitor who rarely comments? So much sweeter.

Shari said...

Hi Heather, I found your blog through Beth (who I went to high school with back in Singapore). You and I have actually met over dinner at Nyonya in Notting Hill at the beginning of the year when Beth was in town. Your blog is on my list of favorite bookmarks so I'm regular reader.

Anonymous said...

Hey Heather - it's Michelle from Royalwood. I have been reading ever since you contacted me for a reference. I really enjoy it. Good luck on the pregnancy issue - I am currently due in December - the day after Bailey's birthday. We no longer live in Raleigh but I go to Raleigh about every 2 months for Royalwood so maybe once your settled we can get together on my next trip.

Katherine said...

I live in Pittsburgh, PA and am a friend of Andrea's. I don't remember exactly when I started to read your blog, but once I did I check it every day. I lived in London for a semester during college, so that was an immediate draw. Seeing life from a non-poor student's eye is fun...And I love to see all of your travels, definitely loved Croatia.

Aisby said...

I read regularly too!!! Can't remember how I found you, but you're the first blog on my Blogline feed!

Molly said...

I'm a former American expat in SW London - I lived in Clapham Junction for nearly 5 years - so I love to read your blog when I am missing the UK (And I read Andrea's as well).

It's great to see places I know and I also love reading your travel adventures...hysterical!

Good luck with the move home!! It can be hard, and I'm sure you'll miss London tons, but if you are anything like me having A/C, Target within 5 minutes drive and a separate Washer/Dryer will soon win you over. :) Molly

Beth N said...

Yeh, I don't read... just wanted to up your comment count ;) Jk. Love ya!

Anonymous said...

hi I'm Raychel and I'm in Australia. I am a random stalker who happened to google for travel blogs when I was planning a trip to the UK last year. I found your blog through Rino and Beth's blog. Absolutely love your ramblings and you make me laugh every day. I hope you keep it up when you move back.

p.s. can you tell Rino and Beth to come back to their blog and update on how they are going. pleaaase

Stephanie Y said...

Hey Heather, my name is Stephanie and I found your blog why searching for American's in the UK; I've been hoping to study abroad in England or Scotland!

Your blog is hilarious and so full of wonderful detail! I love that you have the American lifestyle down and can "translate" the differences of both countries to those of us not familiar with those funny brits... ;)

I'm definitely a regular reader....post the trip about Whales!!! haha.

Anyway, thank you so much for your entries. I'm sure everyone would agree they're extremely funny, entertaining and very inspirational to those of us who wish to someday live abroad.

-Stephanie

PS. Because everyone else has said it...vicariously. :O!!!

Stephanie Y said...

Duuuuurrr.....*cough*

Wales.


CLEARLY I misunderstood and thought you meant...Whale...watching...

Victoria in Austin said...

Hi Heather. I found your blog researching a wish to move abroad with my husband in a few years. I keep coming back because I really enjoy your sense of humor. I also love that you liberally apply the photo-posts so I get to see all the places you've visited. I am bummed that you are moving back stateside, but I hope that you'll keep up the blogging and continue to provide me with extra reasons to laugh during my workday. :)

Grichu said...

I've been reading for quite a while now, I guess. I spent a summer in London, so I got hooked that way to your blog, and it's very funny.
I'm a grad student living in New Haven, CT, USA, btw.

Anonymous said...

delurking to comment ... i stumbled upon your blog randomly last year some time. i am first generation US born (mum is from Isle of Wight). the first post i read made me laugh out loud while in an audit room and damn near got me in trouble at work, even though it was 8pm. i've been addicted ever since and really hope you keep blogging when you come back to the states. you are fantastic!

~sarah (motorwasp at yahoo dot com)

Anonymous said...

forgot to add, i was born in NC, thought I live in SoCal now. :) which makes your blog that much more appealing knowing you are coming back to the US.

~sarah

Teresa said...

We met at the races when we went with Andrea and I started reading your blog from Andrea's link. Y'all give me something to do from Sydney when the rest of the world is sleeping and the babies are napping. And we are moving to Charlotte in 3 weeks so I've been feeling the move vibe with you and Andrea :)

Liz said...

Heather,

I felt compelled to de-lurk myself a few months back and you were so cool to not be scared of me, ha. I used to work with your charming husband and people there used to comment on your blog. When I finally got around to checking it, I was hooked and can relate to so much. Especially your love of Louis Vuitton.

You have amazing style and I truly believe after reading all of these posts that you have a future in journalism! Or something where people confess to loving what you say and do.

Liz

Janelle said...

I'm a kiwi who lived in London for a couple of years and I found your blog ages ago - trawling from blog to blog I think? I love your writing and sense of humour. All the best for the move home.

Anonymous said...

tara. from australia. you crack me up.

Ping said...

Hi been reading since before you left for England, I think. You are funny and love reading about your travels. You will still when move to US?

Keep posting!

Ginger said...

Hey Heather, I'm Ginger from a suburb north of Atlanta. (We have emailed a couple of times.) I started reading your blog in February after my cousin, Ashleigh, told me about it. (Ashleigh from her friend Carrie, Carrie from a lady at "The Pear Tree" in Vickery Village....) Checking your site is a part of my daily routine. Good luck with the move back to the land of sweet tea, chicken biscuits and Target! We all hope you continue blogging and entertaining us each day. Thanks for all the laughs!

BTW: Submit that manuscript!

Tola said...

im american, married to a brit, living in PA/NJ. ive been reading you for about a year i reckon, wishing i had a bit of your life. thank you for sharing it with us so graciously.

Susan said...

I'm a regular reader and I can't recall exactly how I found your blog. But I'm a displaced North Carolinian (Greensboro, holla!) and I spent a semester studying in London in college, so your blog is quite entertaining to me!

Beth & Tim said...

I am a regular lurker...your blog was passed on to me from a fellow lurker. I read because your blog makes me laugh and i love to hear about all of your recent adventures. I always tell my husband we should move to Europe for a yr and just explore!

::nora:: said...

Hi Heather! I'm Nora and have been a faithful reader for over a year now. As a person who loves to travel and adores Europe, I love reading about your adventures...it's like taking a mini-vacation for myself! My husband and I also travel frequently - so I enjoy and appreciate your pictures and commentary on all the places you go and of course, your hysterical stories! Good luck with your move!

Lacey said...

We are a couple from the south who are looking into moving to the UK in a few years. We actually found your blog from the Ex-Pat Blog listing. We know we got a long process of forms and troubles... any advice would be appreciated.

Jason said...

Hey - I'm Jason... the first time I saw you was your freshman year at UNCG (my sophomore). Your red Nissan slid off the icy road and you were stuck in a ditch (I laughed but sadly didn't come to your rescue). We didn't meet until about a month later when you crashed a super bowl party that I was having...now 12 years later and we're married, living in London and having the time of our lives. I feel like the luckiest guy in the world - Love Jason

Muz and Mo said...

Oh well you KNOW Murray & I LOVE your blog. You are such a great writer - I check in as much as possible to catch up!

Christina said...

I realize I'm late; I have you on my google reader. I actually met you at Andrea's nestie baby shower, but was actually reading your blog ages before then.

Love your blog!

Sarah D said...

Can you stand another comment? Never mind you'll get it anyway. Hi I'm Sarah. Can't remember how I found you... you know how it goes... you stumble from one blog to another to another... I've had you in my Google feed reader for awhile though. I'm orig. from California, now living in Buckinghamshire for the past four years.

Anonymous said...

I found your blog when we were preparing to move to London and have been a reader ever since. Now that I am living here, I rely on your scouting skills/photos to inform me where I have to go next.

I emailed you once before (40 year-old Mom in Berkshire looking for your fave restaurants in Richmond) and you were so sweet to respond with some great ideas!

Weird, but I feel like we know each other so well when you don't have a clue about me. Basically, I like to think you are my alter-ego if I were a newly married fashionista with a love for travel and no need to make cumbersome babysitting arrangements!

Best of luck back in the States - -and with the baby thing. You will be missed here!

Terra said...

I am a lurker -- from Ohio -- my husband got an expat job to Poland and we'll be leaving soon. I love reading your blog and seeing all the photos of your travels through Europe. It makes me excited to pack up and go to Poland (and be a lady of leisure!) :)

Caitlin said...

I'm Caitlin and I met you once at Andrea's baby shower...will be seeing you on Saturday! I look forward to reading your blog even when you're no longer an expat.

Catherine said...

Awwww! You have such great fans!

sueinbrum said...

Hi
I've loved reading your impressions of London and beyond, your wit and style always bring a smile to my face! I shall miss you when you've left,
love sue (Birmingham UK)

Emily said...

I'm Emily from the suburbs of Atlanta. My cousin Ginger (who got the blog from my sister Ashleigh, who got it from her friend Carrie who got it from the lady at the Pear Tree) told me about your blog earlier this year. She had me start from the very beginning and so I read your whole blog in a weekend! My husband was annoyed b/c I kept laughing over the t.v. Anyways, I check in on you weekly and hope you keep writing when you get back to N.C.

btw - reading from the very beginning like I did, was just like reading a Jane Green book, but funnier. Submit a manuscript!

Kim W. said...

Hi Heather, Another regular reader. Another expat from NYC now living in SW London. I emailed you once a long time ago before we moved to England and like the other reader, you were really kind and sent me a nice email back. That "before we moved" was Summer of 2006 and can't believe we have been here since October 06 and that I have been lurking in your life for over two years!

Funniest recent post was when you were on TV. I hadn't read the blog but randomly was flipping through the channels and stopped to watch Gordon R. I saw Jason and said to my husband "that looks like that girl who's blog I read all the time, her husband" and he said "yeah, that's crazy and you're weird". Few days later I saw your post! (which I had to show him of course).. Sorry to hear you are leaving us.. You always have the perfect combination of detail, humor and photos. Plus who is going to preview the places in Europe we need to visit? (We are off to Berlin this Christmas for the market on the back of your post last year. Please keep up the postings so we can hear what's new in America! Best of luck with everything-

carrie said...

so, i'm carrie (of the emily, ginger, ashleigh strand). i got your blog from the owner of a store called the pear tree. i was buying a map of the london tube to frame for my husband as we dream of living abroad there someday. she shared that she also had the same plan and wrote down a list of blogs she was following of expats in london. i was immediately drawn to your blog. love your posts and hope you will continue as you move back to the land of target and chick-fil-a!
p.s you can be a mommy AND watch the hills, gossip girl, etc. such shows got me through breast feeding in the middle of the night!! :)

Kris said...

Love your blog Heather and will continue enjoing it when you leave London. Good luck!

Name: Sherrie said...

Another expat here, moved from Oregon to the UK. But I've been following your blog for over a year now. It always good for shirking off work! Fab Blog!!

A. Lin said...

I am Amy. I live in Raleigh, NC. Catherine is in a mom's group that I am a part of, and she introduced us to your blog with the wonderful sweater post.

Anonymous said...

I'm an expat that loves reading your adventures. I'm from your "neck of the woods" -- Greensboro. Would love to chat b4 you head back. Keep bloggin'.

alpaige said...

Another expat of sorts... I moved to the UK 2 months ago from Austin and will be here until the end of the year. I'm about an hour west of London, so my experience is a little more, how should we say, non-city-ish. In good news, I have a car and can get out an explore every chance I get.

At any rate, a friend of mine sent me your blog before I moved here, and it gave me some hope and got me fired up to do my own blog. I catch up every week or so, and your posts always make my laugh.