Oh No, DPO

I have a confession to make: I am completely, 100% dependent on online ordering when I’m overseas. I’m not proud of it necessarily, but sometimes you just have to do things you aren’t proud of when put into situations outside your comfort zone. I’m picky. I’m particular. I like things a certain way. And when […]

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Tbilisi First Impressions

It’s been about two weeks since we arrived in Tbilisi. Naturally, everyone is asking me what I think of this new city. And, naturally, being me, I have a complicated answer. Since this is only our second assignment overseas, I can’t help come compare everything to Dushanbe. I don’t know if this is necessarily the […]

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Do I Miss Tajikistan?

In case you weren’t aware, Sean and I did this really amazing thing from 2015-2017 where we lived and worked in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Cool, right?! It was an overwhelming experience to say the least. Not surprisingly, since returning home, not a week goes by where we aren’t bombarded with “Do you miss Tajikistan?” “Do you […]

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The One Leaving

Thoughts on returning to America, and leaving your friends behind

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Turkey Day Delivery

As a child I wasn’t a big fan of Thanksgiving. It was fun to stay home from school and see my family, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the food. I realize this is a controversial stance. Even my current self looks back at my child self with judgement. Two years ago, I cooked […]

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CLO Training

One cool thin about working in the Community Liaison Office (CLO) is they will actually send us to training. By “they” I mean our mothership the Family Liaison Office (FLO) in Washington. Do you know how cool it is to be an EFM and get paid to go to training? I don’t think any other […]

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Taking a Breath

When we left for Dushanbe last summer I had it in my head that we wouldn’t return to the U.S. for a full two years. That solidified after the longest travel day of my life with three animals, six suitcases, and one crabby husband (ok, I was the crabby one). I was not in a […]

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How Mail Works

I’ve had this post up my sleeve since we arrived and I’ve been saving it for a dull moment. Guess what, it’s a dull moment. We’re seriously ready for a break. Not just seeing family and friends, but also getting a much-needed seperation from the day-to-day struggles of life in Tajikistan. Just tonight we had a […]

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Culture Shock

On Sunday, July 31 I woke Sean up by excitedly proclaiming “one year from today our visas expire!” For the first time since I’ve known him he popped out of bed with a huge smile on his face. Or well, not a grumpy frown. One year from now we will be on our way out. […]

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When Your Friends Leave Post

One caveat of the Foreign Service life is you’re faced with a rotating cast of characters at all times. No one is permanent here and tours end all the time. Summer is heavy transfer season. It started in May and will continue through August. In our year here we managed to make friends with some […]

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