This is me: Claire. Married to Other Half (OH) for almost 15 years. Graduate linguist. Self-employed translator of French, German, and Spanish into English. Rapidly approaching that not-to-be-mentioned age with trepidation. Mum to 2 gloriously cheeky boys: my handsome, witty 9-year old birth son and my cute, feisty 5-year old adopted son. Never a dull moment in the Permanently Pickled household (an exaggerated double-entendre, no need to report me to Social Services). Predominantly, my blog aims to be an honest account of the trials, tribulations, and euphoric moments of our post-adoption journey….or in other words: a place for me to vent my frustrations and generally have a good ol’ gripe.