Leanne Shirtcliffe is a fellow mom to twins, whose whitty humor will have you laughing about things you never found the humor in before. Like your kids scratching their names into your car doors. Not a funny moment. And yet, as Leanne shares it, you find yourself hoping not to pee your pants as you laugh at her take on things. The one-liners are my favorite part.
- Evidently the pinnacle of a five-year-old’s nightmares is a cross between sibling rivalry and dishonesty.
- Peeing in your sister’s bike helmet is not a good idea.
- Jesus tastes yummy
- Snow may be the best free toy ever, but if you’re a parent, it’s the devil incarnate
If you want to know the story behind these lines you will have to read the book. You too can be in on the “you had to be there” moments.
I have met Leanne at a few local marketing events. After reading her book, I had to ask her about all the questions I had.
BB: Do you actually drive a minivan? I SWEAR at the Toyota event you said that you didn’t.
LS: I do; I just don’t drive a Toyota. I drive (well, actually, now Chris [her husband] drives it most of the time) a 2005 Dodge Caravan, complete with carvings and too many kms!
BB: What did you do for jobs in Thailand? You mention not being able to order a beer in thai. I guess I am shocked since you lived there for 3+ years? I think that I would be unable to GET anywhere, but maybe they speak decent english too?LS: I taught at an international school for 4 years; Chris was the head librarian there for 5 years. My Thai was OK in a taxi, restaurant, and market but that’s about it. Nearly everyone in Bangkok speaks some English. Our school was entirely run in English (though we had students from 40 countries!). I taught IB English Literature. I could order a beer in Thai – though given it’s a tonal language with 5 different tones, none of which are that audible to our ears, I sometimes had trouble communicating in the right tone. Hello, guessing!
BB: Did you consider traveling to Canada to deliver? NO JUDGEMENT, but did you know / want a c-section right off the bat?
LS: We never even considered it. We knew so many expats who had babies in Bangkok. In fact, many expats from other Asian countries (China, Vietnam, Cambodia) would come to Bangkok for their hospital care. I didn’t really want a c-section, but a colleague of mine had twins 7 months before and she asked for natural deliver and didn’t get it. Thais go by the American (AMA) guidelines which at the time said something like it’s better to c-section twins than deliver one naturally and then have a c-section. I just resigned myself to getting a medal no matter how I ran the race. I went into preterm labor at 27 weeks and the hospital was fantastic dealing with me. Sometimes I wonder if I would have gotten similar care here. Medical tourism is huge in Bangkok. Medical care is so affordable that people travel there for many procedures. Here’s the website.
BB: What made you decide to move back to Canada? Why Calgary?
LS: In many ways, I was tired of the overseas lifestyle after 8 years of it. Expat culture is really fun and really extreme. This makes it exhausting. It’s not a moderate lifestyle. Because no one has family around, the majority of people are career oriented and work very hard, then party very hard, then holiday very hard, then visit family very hard. It gets tiring. I also missed my family. We chose Calgary because we’re both from the prairies (C from Edmonton)…I from Manitoba. We love the prairies and the mountains. I also wanted somewhere where our overseas friends would come visit.