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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Bidding

Last week we submitted our first bid list. For our Dushanbe assignment we didn’t have a choice, but were still put through a bit of a ringer. They changed their minds a few times before landing on Tajikistan. So here we are in Dushanbe. It’s been 9.5 months and we have over 14 left and […]

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Conversations Under the Gate

There are a lot of kids in our neighborhood. They spend hours almost every day playing on our street in rain, shine, snow, you name it. Our house provides them with two consistent games. We have an outdoor light with a switch fairly high up the exterior wall. We noticed the first few weeks that […]

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At Last I See the Light (Literally)

I love the movie Tangled. For those who don’t know it I don’t know what rock you were hiding under six years ago but it’s the Disney adaptation of Rapunzel. I fell in love with it four years after it came out and watched it on a loop for about a week. (Sean was TDY […]

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Slow and Stubborn Gets You Nowhere

It’s often a sign of good character to recognize your flaws. Once you admit you have a problem, you can take steps to correct it. At least in theory. I’m remarkably stubborn. I’m also fiercely independent. I hate asking for help. This combination often takes a turn for the worse. In the stupidest of ways. When […]

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