About me

I love having a blog. It’s like making a little scrapbook of the things that I like and the things that matter to me, and sharing it with people all over the world. It’s truly an amazing thing.

I remember a conversation I had with my brother regarding our impending move to Pakistan, and my feelings about it. I said I had no worries about moving to a foreign country, because my inner life would always sustain me. This blog is certainly part of that, and writing about my life makes me reflect and meditate about how I want to live it.

Since this page is entitled About Me, here is something about me. I am in my late thirties, I am the mother of two children, a five-year-old girl and a baby son born in July 2008. I am an American who was born in Honduras, and I moved to Pakistan, my husband’s birthplace, with my family in 2006 . Ours is an interfaith, bi-cultural marriage. We are two secular people from different backgrounds and different religious upbringing who have built a life together for nearly twenty years.

I can’t remember where I saw this meme, or I would give credit. It seems I forgot to write the source, or, more than likely, I was interrupted while writing it down!

Meme of four

Four jobs I have had:

1) Customer Service Specialist for a mail-order catalogue. I took phone calls from people whose orders never arrived, in English and Spanish. It was my first job.

2) Photo development technician for a 1-hour photo lab. My dead-end job right after college graduation.

3) Student Assistant at my university’s international admissions office. I sent applications to prospective students in foreign countries. My school had people from 79 different countries.

4) Marketing Representative for a collection agency. I called timeshare resorts begging to have a crack at their deadbeat file. It was the worst job I ever had. My first day, I was asked to sign a memo scolding employees for smoking pot in the back of the building. And there was a dirty old man who sat in front of me, staring the whole time.

Four movies I can watch over and over

1) Pride & Prejudice, BBC 1995. Or P&P2, for those who know. Need I say more? ;-)

2) Sliding Doors. London at its best and a charming leading man. Great humor and great hair.

3) An Ideal Husband. Sharp wit and good acting.

4) A League of their Own. I don’t like baseball, but I love this movie.

Four t.v. shows I like

1) Are you being Served?

2) MasterChef

3) House, M.D.

4) Poirot

Four places I’ve visited on vacation

1) The western rim of the Grand Canyon. Impressive beyond belief.

2) England. Hampshire, Derbyshire, London.

3) Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA

4) Cancun, Mexico. Not really a vacation, as I went for my afore-mentioned job with the creepy old man, but the trips were the reward for the mediocrity, boredom and vexation attached to the job.

Four favorite dishes

1) Any pasta with home-made tomato sauce

2) Fried plantains, with anything really, but especially with sour cream and re-fried beans. A scrambled egg won’t be amiss.

3) Potatoes. It’s my favorite vegetable, and one on which I could easily survive.

4) Dessert. I can easily skip a meal just to eat the sweet.

Four sites I visit daily

1) Time Magazine

2) The Republic of Pemberley

3) Yahoo

4) BBC News Telegraph Newspaper Online The New York Times

Four places I’d like to visit:

1) Paris. I was supposed to study there for a semester, but fear of the resulting debt made me drop out.

2) Mauritius. My husband stopped there on the way to Madagascar in 2006.

3) Africa. We have a plan to start our trip in Egypt, go to Kenya and Tanzania and end in South Africa.

4) Machu Pichu, Peru

These are my own additions to the meme:

 Four More places I’d like to visit:

1) Australia

2) Malaysia

3) Italy

4) Vienna

 Four serious movies I like:

1) The Mission

2) The Motorcycle Diaries

3) Saving Private Ryan. Like is the wrong word, but it certainly made an impression on me. I despise war and violence, and the horrifying battle scenes made me cry like a child. I will never watch it again.

4) The Remains of the Day. It has beautiful imagery and it’s faithful to the book.

 Four songs I like:

1) I am the Walrus, by The Beatles.

2) Gracias a la vida, by Mercedes Sosa

3) Ojala, by Silvio Rodriguez

4) ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ Overture by W.A. Mozart

 Four random things about me:

1) Pride & Prejudice is my favorite book of all time.

2) I am left-handed.

3) I would love to know how to swim.

4) I am the youngest of three children.

13 Responses to “About me”

  1. abdullyne September 7, 2007 at 10:56 pm #

    Hi!
    Love your site! I was just on Pemberley and finally saw your post. I’m quite behind, as I had no idea you’d moved. I have so many wonderful memories of you at last year’s AGM. And your gorgeous pashminas! :) Wishing you and yours the very best.

    love,
    Abdullyne

  2. Karrie b January 8, 2008 at 1:36 am #

    Dear Lizzy,
    I accidentally stumbled upon your blog today and was very impressed. I was actually searching for a tumble dryer that I can purchase for my house in Pakistan. In my past visits I did not see anyone in Pakistan using dryers like we have in America. They all hang their cloths in outside. You post mentioned that you have a tumble dryer in storage. Did you buy that in Pakistan or brought it from the US? My husband is from Pakistan but I was born and raised in the USA. We are also planning to move to Pakistan next year. I have 2 daughters and one son. How is life in Pakistan these days?
    Thanks and looking forward to your response.

  3. Lizzy January 8, 2008 at 2:51 pm #

    Hello Karrie,

    Thanks for visiting! I am happy to answer your question.

    We brought our tumble dryer from the United States, but they are available in Pakistan. They are a bit over-priced, and are much more expensive than the spinners that most people use here. The average price of a spin dryer is around $50.00, while a heat dryer can cost as much as $500.00.

    Energy costs are a consideration for most people here, and I think the fact that most households have domestic workers who handle the laundry affects the kind of machine that people have in their homes.

    Best of luck to you!

  4. Karrie b January 17, 2008 at 3:52 am #

    I love your site and loved reading especially about Pakistan. Since we are going to move there soon Insha Allah (God Willing), I wanted to know if there is anything I should be sure to bring that you can’t find there or are not impressed with something that you have bought? From other postings you seem to be a baker, me too! Do they have good baking pans, springform and such? I would also love to hear about your other traveling adventures as you take them and see pics. I am looking forward to that once we get to Pakistan too. Everything is much closer to Pak than flying from America and hugely expensive too. Have you traveled around Pakistan much? I have been to Islamabad/Murree and Karachi. Lahore has a great food street from what I have been told and seen on the tv. Have you participated in Basant? Should be coming soon I think in February?

    I don’t know how you can live without a regular dryer. I have been there twice and having my clothes out on the line has not been a good experience. I hate the crunchy, stiff feeling of the clothes after they hang there, not to mention the dusty, dirty environment which does not make me feel like I have clean clothes. In America, I grew up having sheets dried outside and I remember the lovely outside smell. Did not get that from Pakistan! :)

    How has the recent events, Ms. Bhutto’s death, riots, etc. affected your daily life, if any?

    Another word to add to your learned words in Pakistan…TOLET on bill boards. Do they have that in Lahore? It is all over Karachi. When I saw that I am amused since it looks so close to toilet. I asked what it meant and of course they mean To Let, like rent the billboard space. That still makes me laugh!

    Take care. I look forward to your response.

  5. Lizzy January 22, 2008 at 7:31 pm #

    Hi Karrie,

    Good luck with your move to Pakistan! Something I feel is very important to bring with you is medicine. Unfortunately that is not very reliable here, as spurious medicine is very common and the regulation is not what it should be.

    Other than that, I think a house can be comfortably furnished and arranged with what is available here. Good baking pans are sold here, and T-Fal has showrooms in several shopping centers. Other well-known brand names for household appliances are also sold, and some have dedicated showrooms.

    I do miss my tumble dryer, but when you live in another country, you have to adjust your expectations and learn to be content with the reality of where you live, or you can have a miserable experience. Pakistan is not the United States, and so the standards are different.

    I know what you mean about TOLET. I was familiar with it, as it is a British expression, but the spelling is quite funny. I remember seeing the word ‘capul’ and not understanding what it meant, until I read the whole ad and saw it referred to ‘couple’.

    I don’t feel qualified to talk about Pakistani politics on my blog, so I won’t say anything about the recent unfortunate events, but life is back to normal, and we don’t feel unsafe. Thanks for asking.

  6. fernando March 19, 2009 at 7:02 am #

    hola ..
    esta bien interesante y bonita tu pagina….saludes a todos cuidate mucho…..

  7. María Belén June 30, 2009 at 8:27 am #

    Hi,
    My name’s María Belén and I’m from Argentina. I came across your blog some time ago while I was looking for some information about Peter Rabbit and I was really surprised to see that among your faves there were several things connected with my country: The Mission (it was shot at the Iguazú Falls here in Argentina), the Motorcycle Diaries(Che Guevara was born 50 kilometres away from my home) and Mercedes Sosa (one of our greatest singers). I´m writing to you because she’s just released a new CD called “Cantora 2” (singer 2) and it´s really magical. Tell me if you cannot get and I’ll try to upload it somewhere. Sorry if my English doesn´t sound natural, but I speak Spanish as my first language. Adiós!

    Belén

  8. Lizzy July 8, 2009 at 11:44 am #

    Hi Maria Belen,

    Thank you so much for your message. I love Mercedes Sosa. I saw her in concert in New York some years ago, in an rather small, intimate venue at Lincoln Center and it was wonderful. I am spending the summer in the United States and will look for her new CD while I’m there.

    Muchas gracias por avisarme, es un gesto muy bonito. No te preocupes por el ingles, lo hiciste muy bien! :)

  9. Dr Yasir Qureshi July 9, 2009 at 4:37 pm #

    It was pleasure knowing you more.

    :)

  10. bargainbedlinens May 26, 2010 at 3:49 pm #

    Hey!! Congrats on being featured on Freshly Pressed!! If it weren’t for that, I would never have found your blog in the first place. Well, what I wanted you to know is that I, too, am an American, who has had to move to Pakistan. Actually, I am of Pakistani origin, but I have lived in the United States all of my life, and just moved here recently. Hahaha, theres so much we could talk about! But I wanted to ask you, do you get to watch your favorite shows and eat your favorite foods in Pakistan?

  11. Eefa Khalid January 15, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

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    i stumbled on your very interesting blog accidentally, i must say i had one great fun browsing it. I would like to speak to you about writing for online publication. Let me know if you are interested

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  12. Dominique Polanco January 2, 2012 at 11:19 pm #

    Felicidedes.. esta muy bonito e interesante tu blog.

  13. thewhitehousedotwest February 25, 2016 at 5:06 am #

    Hi there

    Thank you for your blog! I could not figure out how to leave a reply to “106 Books” so I’ll just do it here.
    I’m glad you haven’t crossed out “Les Miserables”. Here is some advice (I have read four different translations and I’m not done with it yet. This is I believe the greatest book ever written.)
    I would like to suggest that you do not let yourself be daunted by the length, and I would refer you to the recent Julie Rose translation. Don’t miss the footnotes. If you find yourself during the first section wondering what the Bishop has got to do with all this just be patient. You’ll see. Don’t skip anything. Think of it as an expansive epic painting of a place and a time and the lives lived across the canvas, in incredible detail.

    No movie version of “Moby Dick” can suffice. You must read the book, and every word. If you can, find the illustrated version from Berkeley Press because the woodcuts are definitely worth the price of admission. The books is something no book lover can do without.

    I hope you don’t give up on Ulysses yet without at least giving the first three chapters a try. It’s one of those that you have to move into and get the feel for before you start to get it, and it might take more than one reading. But it’s worth it.

    I found your blog because of your entry on “Cold Comfort Farm”. Thank you for that. I’m reading it right now and I love it.

    Tom White

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