Independence Lost

In Annapolis, I somewhat enjoyed grocery shopping. I love cooking, so going to the grocery store was like the first step. I knew our Safeway like the back of my hand. I knew exactly what brands I liked, and which were overpriced. I took care in selecting each piece of fresh fruit to make sure I […]

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Almost Iskanderkul

I’m not a big camper. I did not grow up in a family of campers. We didn’t take long weekends and drive “up north” to a cabin or campsite to commune with nature for a few days. My only experiences growing up were Girl Scout camps and the occasional tag-along with friends. As an adult […]

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The Power of Good Girlfriends

I consider myself an extroverted introvert. I’ve taken that Meyers-Briggs test several times in my life and always get intuition, feeling, and judgement as results, but sometimes I score as an extrovert, and sometimes an introvert. You know me, never normal. Being the extroverted introvert I am, I’ve found I function best with a smaller group […]

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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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10,000 Tulips

After an unseasonably warm February and a tumultuous March, spring has finally truly arrived in Dushanbe. We’ve had days and days of April showers – so much that we needed to postpone the Easter Eggtravaganza, twice – but the days when the rain stops it’s absolutely gorgeous. Tulips are my favorite flower. I remember “helping” […]

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Borrowing

Sean and I spend a lot of time with kids. Most of our friends at post have kids, and my job often involves organizing events for kids and families. This means two 26-year-olds hanging out with loads of kids…and the questions start. As Sean’s holding a baby “when are you guys gonna have one of […]

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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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Homemade

A few years ago I made a conscious decision to make as much food from scratch as I could. I attended Agriculture and Life Sciences school in college, and though I was adamant that I was part of the LIFE SCIENCES part of the college, I didn’t manage to escape without a few ag-related classes […]

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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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Fake It ‘Til You Make It

In the winter I always fall into a funk. I’m a creature that thrives in the light and these long winter days don’t do me any favors. It doesn’t start out as a funk, but it develops easily over the fall. It starts out with holidays that revolve around eating. First there’s Halloween. The weather […]

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