Bad Methods for Coping with Stress

We’ve done it. We’ve managed to create the perfect storm of stress. In the next 30-ish days the following things are happening: the ACHA Annual Meeting, Sean goes TDY, vet appointments including dental surgery for one tiny cat, a trip to Costa Rica (which is meant to be relaxing but I’m not so sure it […]

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Operation: Replant Grass

So it’s May. I’m not sure how that happened exactly, but here we are. We are now approximately two months out from leaving for Georgia, so it’s crunch time when it comes to life in America. That includes getting the house ready to rent. Our yard had a tough winter. First it was buried in […]

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“Surprise!” I’m Anemic

Last week Friday I went in for my pre-PCS physical. Now, I’m a fairly healthy adult human. I exercise regularly, eat relatively healthy, don’t smoke, don’t drink in excess – I’m boring – so I was feel pretty confident in my ability to pass my various blood tests with flying colors. I even joked with […]

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Vacation Deficit Disorder

It has been 464 days since our last vacation. For anyone who doesn’t want to do the math, that’s January 1, 2017, when we returned to Dushanbe after three weeks in New Zealand. That’s a long time for someone who loves to travel. I can feel the wanderlust creeping into the core of my being. […]

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Resolutions: Update

Uh, is it just me, or is 2018 FLYING?! How exactly is it already April? I’d like a full report on this please, ASAP. I think it feels like the year is flying because we have so much happening in June. Not to mention that our 14-15 months in the U.S. suddenly became 11 when […]

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Annapolis Oyster Roast and Sock Burning

Yes, you read that title correctly. To celebrate the end of winter and the start of spring in Maryland, Annapolitans roast oysters and burn socks, like any normal, well-educated society would do. Thankfully, the fire used to burn those undesired foot shackles is not the same one used to roast oysters. Don’t be silly. The […]

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Kristen vs. The Sweet Gum Trees

I love nature. When we bought our little yellow house in April last year, I was ecstatic from the pictures of the exterior to see several large, old trees in the backyard. I’ve always romanticized the idea of living in a neighborhood with older trees. Something about it makes me feel like we’re doing a […]

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Consumables: The List

PCS-ing can make you look and feel insane. I mentioned this once before when we were preparing for our first overseas move three years ago. I chronicled all the times I wanted to assure total strangers “I swear I’m not crazy” as I bought 15 cans of black beans (which was no where near enough) and […]

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Hello Fresh

Quick, flavorful, and easy meals perfect for returning expats and generally busy people.

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