“Ned” Update

by Lisa Rosen on August 25, 2011

Some of you may remember my post from several months ago about “Ned,” the guy from Lee’s office who was getting ready to move to Argentina.

Well, he up and did it.  He sold/dumped all of his furniture, whittled his wardrobe down to suitcase-size, and headed south.  His flight got in yesterday morning; we talked to him on Skype last night, and he seemed, well, totally like himself. (This is the miracle of Skype–you can talk to anyone, anywhere, and realize that even if he or she is, say, in the hospital, or on another continent, the conversation is pretty much same-old, same-old.)

We’re bouncing-up-and-down excited for him (and exceedingly jealous–so much so that Lee realized he could book himself a flight and go visit, which he’s going to do in October).  Watching his process of offloading his stuff has inspired us to ramp up our own de-clutter (specifically, if it’s not nailed down, Lee will put it on Craigslist–the kids are rapidly learning to lock their doors!)

The list of places I want to visit is crazy-long; all Lee has to do, when I ignore a pile of books or or files or old toys for too long is whisper sweet nothings in passing, like “Istanbul . . .” or “Chiang Mae . . .” and I’m bagging stuff up and shoving it out the door.*

Anyway, while Ned is learning the ropes down in Buenos Aires, he’s going to (probably) blog about his experience, which is good because a) the written version is always a little different than the Skype version of any experience, and b) he’s an excellent writer, and way funnier than I am.  He reserves the right to get distracted and give up on the blogging after three days, but let’s all encourage him to keep it going, because, as I think you’ll agree, it’ll be highly entertaining.  You can read about Ned’s adventure at iwishiknewSpanish.tumbler.com.

*Our very vocal desire to abandon our traditional suburban lifestyle here in NC is resulting in a bit of push-back from the kids.  I got a nice little lecture from Delaney yesterday, including such gems as “Hello–I’m only fourteen, remember?”  and (my personal favorite) “Don’t you care about my self-esteem?”  Poor kid.  I’m sure it’s a challenge growing up with us for parents.  On the bright side, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right?

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Rebecca Rosen August 25, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Please tell Delaney that she is always welcome to stay with the other Rosens for Christmas should you two be in Istanbul.

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Lisa Rosen August 29, 2011 at 11:44 am

Or you could all meet us somewhere in the middle! How about . . . Christmas in Switzerland? Photo op, anyone?

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Amelia August 26, 2011 at 11:56 am

Maybe we should swap our youngest children. My Caroline would pack her eco-friendly messanger bag with 2 pairs of underwear, a couple of T-shirts and a book and be on her way to whatever far corners of the earth you’re traveling.
We, on the other hand, are the most boring, staid parents in the world.

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