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Pay No Attention to that (Wo)man Behind the Curtain (aka–About Me)

A Few Things about LT, an American in Shanghai


Current Location: Xuhui District (in the area formerly known as the French Concession), Shanghai, China

Previous Locations: Hong Kong; beautiful Seattle, Washington; Walla Walla-the place so nice they named it twice-Washington; Portland, Oregon; Boulder, Colorado

Previous Job: high school English teacher and girls’ basketball coach

Current Job: mom, cook and family biographer

Favorite Books: everything by Jane Austen, The Sparrow, Harry Potter, Three Cups of Tea, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, David Copperfield, Seabiscuit (because I want to write something just like it someday), The Best of Roald Dahl, The End of the Affair, Anna Karenina, Rebecca, To Kill a Mockingbird, Gone with the Wind

I Never Miss a Chance to: take a nap or have a snack

Fondest Memory (and this category excludes the birth of my son and my wedding day): first concert at the Gorge Amphitheater—Dave Matthews Band with my sister

Most Dreaded Dream: the one where you’re back in school but you can’t quite remember what classes you’ve registered for or where the classrooms are and it’s already the end of the term

My Teams (in order of whom I’d most likely kill for if it meant a championship): Washington Huskies—football, Seahawks and Mariners (tied), Gonzaga Bulldogs—basketball, Sonics, Jesuit High School anything (but I wouldn’t have to kill for that one, would I? 🙂

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Catey permalink
    May 23, 2010 1:44 pm

    OOPS! No more Sonics! Weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth.

  2. maggie festine permalink
    May 26, 2010 8:47 am

    Laura, I just found you! Nancy Asbury is subbing for John for a couple of weeks, and his seniors she had as freshman when she took over for you, so I thought of you and found this via facebook. I’ve just glanced at your blog, but will read about all your adventures. Simon is beautiful! Those big eyes. He must be 3?? He was born in March, right? I have a 2 year old grandson who was born in March also. He’s with me right now; I watch him all the time while Stephanie works. He’s nearly an angel-or was an angel until about 2 weeks ago when the “No!” and other 2 year old characteristics starting emerging. Still, he has the sweetest temperament and I am so maternal, I can’t even believe it myself. I’m going to read about your exploits and then write again. I hope you are happy and your journey has brought you joy. I remember how anxious you were about leaving and obviously your 2 years has become 3.
    Love, Maggie

    • ltinhk permalink*
      May 26, 2010 5:45 pm

      Hi Maggie! So nice to hear from you! Oh, a 2 year old grandson…you really must send along pictures 🙂 I’m still at the same hotmail address. It has been a great journey.
      Love, Laura

  3. August 2, 2010 10:35 pm


    This is a wonderful blog! It was a very good read.

    I was wondering if you would be interested in guest blogging on my blog. It is a collection of my travels and the travels of my guests. If you scan the site you can see that now almost 100% of the posts are from guests. Lately I’ve been finding many people interested in guest posting.

    Included in your post will be a link to your website using whatever anchor text or key words you wish and a description of your site (if you choose to include one.)

    My blog ( receives about 2000 visitors a day and that number is steadily growing.

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    Warm Regards,
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    Travel Blogger | OneTravel

  4. Alison permalink
    August 9, 2010 10:06 pm

    I just found your blog!!!!!

    I am moving to China in the fall. I am not sure yet what city yet.

    I am trying to find as much info as I can. I will be moving there with my husband and my two young boys (3 yr old in Sept and 1.5 year old). My husband is taking a trip in early September and I will have more details after the trip.

    I was laughing at your profile because I too was a High School Basketball coach in the day. My Husband was a college coach. His oppurtunity in China is sports related so maybe you can have another team to follow!


    • ltinhk permalink*
      August 10, 2010 1:27 pm

      Hi Alison! Good luck with the decision of where to live…and of course I could always use another team to follow, so please keep me posted 🙂

      If you narrow it down to Shanghai, I’d be happy to chat more.

      Take care!

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