Weird Food Habits

Thanksgiving is approaching. As a child, this was not my most favorite holiday because I was a pain-in-the-ass-picky-eater and decided I didn’t like any of the traditional Thanksgiving food. As an adult, I love this holiday. It’s one of my favorite days to spend with Sean, whether alone or with company, to relax and enjoy […]

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Drinking in Diplomacy

I’m not a big drinker. I honestly don’t like the taste of most alcohol. I hardly drank in college – relatively speaking. I think I can count the number of times I’ve been truly drunk on one hand. I’ve never made it my mission to get drunk. I’ve never wanted to get out of control […]

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Birthday Weekend

This past weekend was “Kristen’s Birthday Celebration, Take Three.” Take one didn’t happen because on my actual birthday Sean was flying home from Berlin and arrived at 5:00 a.m. so he was in no condition to celebrate with me. Take two was also a bust because for the last few weeks we’ve both been battling […]

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Dear Body: A Love Letter to Myself

Dear Body, It’s me. Your conscious mind. I know you and I have not seen eye-to-eye hardly at all for the past 15 years. And I want to say I’m sorry. I remember the first time I felt fat. I was in sixth grade. I don’t know exactly why I started feeling insecure in you […]

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Tbilisi’s Time is Now

Recently, just about everyone I know has been sending us the Forbes article entitledĀ Berlin Is Out, Tbilisi Is In: Georgia’s Capital Is This Year’s Most Exciting City. Now, I’ve never been to Berlin, and I’ve only been here about eight weeks, but I think the writers at Forbes are on to something. On the surface, […]

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Baby Stuff

I’m approaching 29. Which means I’m approaching 30. Which means, if you had asked my 23-year-old self, I would likely have at least one kid by now, or at least one on the way. I like how stupidly naive I was in my early 20’s. At 23 when we got married, Sean and I looked […]

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Where Am I From?

It’s a common question. Especially when we first move overseas. We get it from Embassy employees, taxi drivers, store clerks, and waiters. Sometimes it happens in the beginning of the conversation, sometimes it’s after we confuse them greatly since Sean can speak to locals in Georgian or Russian but then we switch to English between […]

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Shipping Our Dogs: A Nightmare

Let me start this the same way I do every time I talk about our animals: I am perfectly aware that Sean and I are nuts to have five animals, and that we are certifiably insane to have five animals and then live the Foreign Service life. I get it. I don’t need anyone to […]

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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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The Problem With We

One thing I’ve noticed since Sean joined the Foreign Service a few years ago is this culture of “we”. In many cases, the idea of “we” is a good thing: “we’re all in this together,” “we’re moving to a foreign country,” “we, collectively, are the U.S. Embassy Wherever.” That’s all fine and it builds a […]

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