Frosting Fails

Recently I’ve gotten back into baking. For some reason, I went on a bit of hiatus for the past several years. I think in part it was our desire to eat healthier, and we really don’t need six dozen cookies for two people with little to no self-control. But, I really enjoy baking, and I’ve […]

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Really, Pantone?

It’s slowly dawning on me that we are closing out a decade in a few weeks. The 2010s are ending on December 31. That’s a huge deal. Everyone is posting their top whatever of the 2010s: most streamed songs, most clicked news stories, biggest celebrity names of the decade, most played video game, you name […]

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Adventures in Vegan Cooking

Since about 2012 I have slowly but surely began eating healthier and healthier. When I left my home state of Wisconsin I also left behind consuming cheese and red meat at an alarming rate. It was expensive in Maryland, and with access to the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, seafood was cheaper than I’d […]

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Thanksgiving Overseas

This year, I’m having a really hard time comprehending that it’s nearly Thanksgiving and the holiday season. I think the reason for this is threefold. First off, we didn’t really get a fall here in Tbilisi. I mean that weather-wise and physical location-wise. It felt like the temperature went straight from 70-80 degrees, straight down […]

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Marine Ball

One of the more fun things we’ve been able to participate in as part of the Embassy community these past few years is the annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball. I grew up fairly far removed from the military world, so when Sean started working for the DOD I got a crash-course on all things armed […]

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A Love Letter to My Canon M50

Since probably March of 2012 I have been a one camera woman. My beautiful Canon 5D Mark II DSLR was my pride a joy. That spring, I took that camera to Costa Rica where it came along for zip lining, snorkeling, and everything in between. That same year it embarked with me on a three-week European […]

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Georgian Cloisonne Enamel

One of the most popular – and most beautiful – Georgian souvenirs is enamel. It seems everywhere you turn in Tbilisi there’s another shop showing off these vibrant and intricate works of art. I know by looking at these pieces that a great deal of time and effort goes into making them, and a few weeks […]

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European Christmas Markets Overview

Inadvertently, Sean and I have made it a pattern to visit Christmas markets in Europe for our first major vacation at a new post. In 2015 when we left Dushanbe for the first time, we went to Germany and Brussels to get a good helping of Christmas spirit. Last year, we did the same with […]

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No Gas, No Problem (Except Not Really)

Today is the fifth consecutive day we don’t have gas in our home. It’s not at all unusual for gas or electricity or water to go out for a few hours or a few days out here in Tbilisi, but this particular outage is a bit more extreme. Thankfully, when such outages happen, the Embassy […]

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Dental Work

I have pretty horrible teeth. You wouldn’t necessarily know it by looking at me, but trust me, they are a mess. Apparently, when my teeth formed they naturally developed very deep pits in them. No matter how well I brushed or flossed, I knew at a young age I was destined to have many dental […]

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