Supposed To

I’m supposed to be in Chicago right now. I’m supposed to be halfway through our Annual Meeting. I’m supposed to be going home to Wisconsin in a few days to spend time with my friends and family and kick off summer. Sean and I were supposed to have the spring and summer here in Georiga […]

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Quarantine Thoughts

Today it has been 30 days since Georgia declared a State of Emergency. Since then I have left my house three times, made four loaves of bread, watched 15 Marvel movies (shoot me), and had at least 20 mental breakdowns. Today was the day the State of Emergency was supposed to end, but as the […]

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Blogging 101

It’s a poorly-kept secret that I have my little passion project in the form of this blog. I started in about five years ago when Sean and I left for our first post in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, and I’ve kept it running (fairly) consistently ever since. Occasionally, I get asked the very difficult to answer question: […]

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State of Emergency

This past weekend, Georgia declared a state of national emergency until April 21. Honestly, this didn’t come as much of a surprise to any of us. Georgia has been very proactive to stop the spread of COVID-19, and while declaring a state of emergency might seem a bit drastic, I can’t say it bothers me. […]

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Life in the Times of COVID-19

Have you guys heard? There’s a pandemic going on and its name is COVID-19. Of course, you know that. Every company you’ve ever given your address to is sending out “Our Response to COVID-19” emails just about every day. I’m so glad to know cupcake shops, clothing stores, and sports teams are handling the virus. […]

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Bevreti Hike

One thing Sean and I love to do, but don’t do nearly enough, is hiking. I’m not sure exactly why we are bad at practicing one of our favorite pastimes – perhaps we are inherently lazy, or maybe it’s sheer exhaustion from a long week of work – but this past weekend after a rather […]

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Georgia’s Black Sea

This past weekend Sean and I drove five hours west of Tbilisi to the tiny town of Shekvetili located on the Black Sea coast. We stayed a the lovely Paragraph Resort & Spa which is a part of the Marriott Autograph collection. I’ve previously written about the Paragraph back in October of 2018, and my […]

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Top 10 Telework Tips

Since moving to Tbilisi in July 2018, I have been teleworking full time. While this isn’t a terribly long period, I know, I feel like after a year-and-a-half of working from home I’ve developed a bit of a tips and tricks list in my head, but I’m never able to accurately articulate everything I want […]

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Khinkali Cooking Class

One of my absolute favorite Georgian foods is khinkali. While the name is unique to Georgia, of course, the concept is fairly universal: delicious dumplings. I grew up eating the Polish version – pierogi – and have fond memories of going to the Polish deli with my parents and then frying them up on the […]

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Doggy DNA Test Results

If you’re new around here, hello. I’m Kristen, and I have five animals. Three of them are rather large dogs. Yes, we move them around the world with us. Yes, they are all mutts. Yes, there are too many but there’s nothing I can do about that at this point. They are my babies and […]

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