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Last month, I asked readers to ask me any question they wanted. Two of you did. Questions listed in order received.

Question number one

Debbie asked me:

Hi there! just a few random questions for you:
– favorite book
– favorite movie
– food you miss the most from the US!!

Answers:

I can’t really pick a favorite book or movie but will list some of my favorites. I have many.

The Complete Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
Merlin Trilogy by Mary Stewart
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
My favorite childrens book is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Favorite Movies:

French Kiss
Indiana Jones
Princess Bride
Monte Python (all)
Lord of the Rings
Catch me if You can
Amélie

Food I miss from the US:

I do still miss Taco Bell even if everyone calls it Taco Hell, American pizza is the best in the world, I would kill for a Frosty from Wendy’s, Cheez-It, Betty Crocker frosting, Nutter Butter cookies, Girl Scout thin mints, and Dr. Pepper. I just realized I miss all the junk! Oh, but it is so good.

I don’t miss home cooked American food such as pumpkin pie as much as before because I have learned to make most of them at home and luckily I can find the ingredients I need in Switzerland. However, I do miss being able to pick up a good pie from the grocery every once and a while.

Question number two

Psychgrad asked me:

Here’s a question – I’m curious about how you came to make the decision to move abroad, first to France and then to Switzerland.

Answer:

We decided to move from the States to France for several reasons.

Mostly, it was because I was working over 45 hours a week in a stressful job as a manager at a bank. I was exhausted and stressed to my limit. We were barely making it and figured that in France at least I could stay home with the children. Vilay had been reluctantly staying at home with them because daycare was too expensive for three children. If he had worked it would have just paid the daycare.

My oldest daughter was living with us and I was pregnant with Petite Clown after just having Sweet Bear. There is only one year between my middle girls. Looking back on it all I don’t think I had much choice because we were sinking financially in America and we were not happy. The only problem in the decision was that in the end I could not take my oldest daughter with me.

If I had known that before the plans went too far we would have never moved to France.

After living in France for a few years we found we were happier as a family but we were still struggling financially. My husband read that Switzerland was hiring French because there were not enough Swiss residents to fill jobs in the watch industry. So, he sent off his resume to a company in the Jura and he got the job. Now, we are happy as a family and financially secure for the first time in years. We don’t have any extra money at the end of the month but we are not sinking either.

Once I start working we will be able to do much more and I hope to have a job by next month.

Comments on this entry are closed.

  • sissi April 21, 2008, 10:44 am

    How I missed this post !
    My question is:how did you meet your husband ?
    Would you like to go back to the US ? ( to live there not to vacation)

  • Pumpkin April 21, 2008, 12:52 pm

    Sissi,
    I will get to your questions this week. :)

  • Psychgrad April 22, 2008, 7:12 am

    Thanks for answering! Doesn’t sound like an easy decision.

  • Pumpkin April 22, 2008, 8:00 am

    It wasn’t. We thought the move to France over for about a year before moving. In the end, I think we were better off. We are safe and happy here in Switzerland. I believe God had a plan.

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