My name is Lasairiona – Las for short, I’m a *cough* 30-some, Irish chick and I’m currently living in Pune, India (as of September 2017). Until Oct ’16, I lived in Houston, Texas (for a total of 7.5 years) and, if that’s not pretty clear enough to all that I’m a very transient person. Here’s the 411 – I’m a gypsy, a wanderer, a nomad. An expat by nature.
In my first posting, during the first six months or so, I had a very difficult transition. I hated Houston, I hated being away from everyone and everything familiar, I didn’t know anyone, I didn’t have kids or pets to aid making friends and meeting people and I didn’t drive. It was hard. But that pain was temporary, I built a life for myself out here as a travelling wife and I grew to love Houston and it’s surroundings as my home. I still call Houston home. My son is American, and I’d move back there in the morning if I could, but the visa ran out, and on we moved – I’m holding out hope that I get to go back and live there someday. In the mean time, however, I just make do with the occasional visit.
My blog started out as a way of keeping people at home, up to date with our adventures, however, over the last number of years, it has grown into a mod-podge of things, cooking, baking, dieting, travelling and crafting all mixed together with a healthy dose of local things to do and places to see!
I’m a sports fan and will pretty much go and see any live sport – though in the last few years my sports fanaticism has taken a back seat to other ventures. I like Formula 1 racing and hockey. In Belfast I love the Belfast Giants, and until the Houston Aeros were plucked from Houston to move to Des Moines, leaving me with a broken heart, I went to see them frequently too (check out my blog post, “How did a girl like you, get in to a sport like that?“) Much more recently, however, I’ve gotten in to fighting. In my last six months in Houston I discovered (through a friend) Fight Back Fit – a gym specialising in Krav Maga in the Houston area – I went, I got addicted and I completed Level 1/Yellow Belt status before I left Houston (See posts ‘Smells like Krav Spirit – or is that sweat’, ‘A woman in a mans world’ and ‘365 days of Krav’) Since being in India, I’m yet to start training, but it’s in the post for sure!
In October 2009 I began a volunteer position for the Schlumberger Spouses Association – It is a global, voluntary, social organisation for all local and international spouses and partners of Schlumberger employees. It’s been a life line, both when I landed in Texas, and here again in Pune. I was offered the volunteer position of Welcome Coordinator in Houston, basically I helped people, which is something I’ve always loved doing and I found it a very rewarding job – that’s where my volunteering roots started. May of 2012, I was elected as the youngest Chapter Coordinator in Houston. I head a board of ten members who are responsible for looking after over six hundred spouses in the Houston area at any given time. It was a challenge, but, again, it’s something I love to do. My final SSA role in Houston was the North American coordinator – I was serving on the global board for SSA and had every single North American SSA chapter reporting to me, I finalised their budgets, helped them get things they needed and was a support and guide to chapters through day to day happenings.
My other hobbies include, singing – writing, reading, knitting, cooking/baking, crocheting, photography, scrapbooking and am often referred to as the hostess with the mostess, I love parties, I love party planning and I love any excuse to decorate my house. We also love travelling, and tend to travel quite a bit (check out my travel tab if you’d like to read about our adventures!)
I hope, that whoever you are and wherever you are from, that you find something of worth in my blog. Like I said, it started out as just a record of our time here but has turned in to so much more!
Also? Check out my January 2016 plus-sized Boudoir shoot, here.