After the Kids Leave http://afterthekidsleave.com First, we rent out their rooms... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 04:11:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Long lost cousins, found at last! http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/09/30/long-lost-cousins-found-last/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/09/30/long-lost-cousins-found-last/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 04:11:41 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=18607 Dear Wendy, Last week I had a wonderful visit from our long lost cousin Melanie from Mobile, Alabama. Our cousin who, from where? I can hear you asking. It’s okay, I didn’t know we had family in Mobile either. At least, not until I started working on our family tree a few years ago, and […]

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Send Wendy walking…to Tudeley http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/09/29/send-wendy-walking-tudeley/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/09/29/send-wendy-walking-tudeley/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 04:01:57 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=18613 Dear Karen, Last week, we asked our readers to Send Wendy Walking.  We wanted them to suggest things they’d like me to see and do, before I leave England next year, for pastures new. We got a number of suggestions, ranging from Harry Potter fans wanting me to go to the town where Hogwarts is […]

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An unexpected foray into Sunday Videos http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/09/28/unexpected-foray-sunday-videos/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/09/28/unexpected-foray-sunday-videos/#comments Sun, 28 Sep 2014 04:01:07 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=18576 Dear Readers, This week we explore the unexpected.  Things that rock our world and make us look at life from a different angle.   Let’s begin with the Vienna State Opera, performing Swan Lake.  Tchaikovsky would be rolling over in his grave right now. Who amongst us wouldn’t be unnerved to see a dog racing […]

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Saturday digest: Rosh Hoshanah, family, kitties… http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/09/27/saturday-round-rosh-hoshanah-family-kitties/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/09/27/saturday-round-rosh-hoshanah-family-kitties/#comments Sat, 27 Sep 2014 04:02:35 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=18591 Dear Readers, Whoa, where the heck did that week disappear to? One minute we were saying, “Hey, Sunday, nice to see you!” and then bam! It’s Saturday again. L’Shana Tova! Part of it might have had to do with the Jewish new year, Rosh Hoshana, which started Wednesday night. Karen’s family usually celebrates the holiday […]

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Public humiliation…with underwear http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/09/26/public-humiliation-underwear/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/09/26/public-humiliation-underwear/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 04:02:48 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=18582 Dear Wendy, You know that moment when you feel a lump on your leg that shouldn’t be there, and you get that sick feeling of inevitability, that sinking sensation that you know too well…and you think, “I am about to publicly humiliate myself, and there’s nothing I can do about it”? I’m an expert in […]

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Clawing my way back to fitness http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/09/25/clawing-back-to-fitness/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/09/25/clawing-back-to-fitness/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 04:01:46 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=18548 Dear Karen, I don’t know how I’m actually typing to you today.  I think I’m dead, or at least, dying. My arms have no strength.  Each tap on the keyboard causes my eyebrows to meet in the middle.  The muscle in my triceps to whimper.  My brain to hurt. Maybe you’ve worked it out by […]

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Awesome Advice Central Dumbs it Down http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/09/24/awesome-advice-central-dumbs/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/09/24/awesome-advice-central-dumbs/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 04:02:17 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=18525 Dear Awesome Advice Central, The other night, I was at a cocktail party at a very ritzy club.  And when I say “ritzy”, I don’t mean they were serving Ritz Crackers. This was an actual party, with waiters and napkins. Cloth napkins, that is. Not the ones you steal from McDonald’s until you’ve got enough […]

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Nuit Blanche: Ottawa gets its art on! http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/09/23/nuit-blanche-ottawa-gets-art/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/09/23/nuit-blanche-ottawa-gets-art/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 04:09:15 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=18486 Dear Wendy, I know many people think of Ottawa (when they think of Ottawa at all) as a bit of a cultural backwater. And in some ways that’s true. As a city we tend toward the stodgy. You’re more likely to see national monuments and well-groomed parks here than, say, an all-night downtown art exhibit […]

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Wendy walks London: the Jewish Quarter http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/09/22/wendy-walks-london/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/09/22/wendy-walks-london/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 04:07:48 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=18464 Dear Karen, The first question we were asked was, “How many Jews are here today?”  About 7 people raised their hands. I knew straight away, that this was not just any ordinary tour we were on! Every time Michael comes to visit, we make a plan to go on a London Walks Tour.  In the […]

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Sunday Videos: The Sequel http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/09/21/sunday-videos-sequel/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/09/21/sunday-videos-sequel/#comments Sun, 21 Sep 2014 04:03:04 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=18455 Good morning, readers! Today is Sequel Day, where we go show you ”’what happened next”. Last week, we put up a video about Ikea hypnotizing people into believing they were time-travelling.  This week, the adventure continues. A few months ago, we found a video series called YouTube Comment Reconstruction. Warning:  there’s some foul language in […]

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