Why blog? I keep asking myself this. It never crossed my mind to have my own blog until I realized a few of the women from Mums & Toddlers have them. (M&T's is an international toddler play-group my daughter & I belong to.) Each blog was so different... some of them had specific purposes, some of them were just to get feelings out, some were to help them deal with leaving the country they knew as home, etc., etc. So why do I blog? Many reasons. My blog description explains the main reason I blog: this blog is about random things in my life, I like to talk and I like to share my opinion (whether asked for or not) and this seems like the best place for those quirky random fleeting thoughts! But I also blog so that people can get to know me better. For my family... the ones in The States who I don't get to talk to more than the occasional phone call, and the ones here & there that I do talk to often but don't know this side of me. For my friends... the ones in The States who don't really know much about me now, the ones here that maybe the language barrier keeps us from truly knowing each other, and the ones that know me well but are looking for a laugh. For my acquaintances... the ones I have met during the past 9yrs of living abroad, and the ones I have met through M&T's. It's a convenient way to tell everyone a story at once, it's a nice way for people to learn more about me, and it's a great way to help people out with things they may have been unaware of.