Tech Czar Brooke

I have officially appointed myself Tech Czar of our wee family. What that means, among other things, is that I have to figure out how to

1) Communicate with our family and friends while abroad (thank you gchat video)

2) Figure out how we are going to see the final season of Lost and The Office when their respective networks do not offer international viewing privileges via their websites!!!

3) Lots of other things...

Number 2 is really giving me heartburn right now. At one point one of the nerdy blogs I read said that Hulu was thinking of providing their material overseas, but that they BLOCKED it at the last minute. ARG. There is something called a Elgato Eye TV that I guess can help us see American Television shows...but I haven't quite figured it out. I'll learn more and report.

Any thoughts?

(I know, isn't it awesome that with all of the things to think about when moving out of the country for two years viewing American TV is high on my list.)


Austrian Air is Fabulous

We bought our plane tickets!   We fly out of SLC on August 2, at 8:30 in the morning, arrive in JFK airport later that day only to be whisked away to Vienna on Austrian Air. Can I just tell you that Austrian Air is adorable? I don't know what else to call it.  We flew Austrian Air for one leg of our trip last summer, and when you get on the plane, first of all, all of the flight attendants have SERIOUS red suits straight from Austin Powers.  The seats (at least the plane we flew on) were green and there were little colored square velcro-on head resty things.  They came in yellow, blue, and red.  It was like a festive Alpsian doll house.  Adorable! 

From Vienna we fly to Tel Aviv and should arrive at about 3:00 PM the afternoon of August 3.
If  you don't know this, I have a crush on Rick Steves.  You know, aging PBS star and travel guide extraordinaire?  Anyway, one of the  best pieces of advice I got from him (it's like I know him or something) was to set your watch to the ultimate destination as soon as you get on the plane and then sleep/eat accordingly, even if its weird at first.  This worked like a champ on the way to Egypt and I can honestly say that I didn't have any jet lag. 

This is crazy.