Five Days in Stockholm

It seems Sean and I are incapable of traveling to just one city or county at a time. After a few lovely days in Helsinki, we continued our week in Scandanavia with a visit to Stockholm. By comparison, Stockholm is the larger city, so we had five jam-packed days to explore. We arrived in Stockholm […]

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Tbilisi Christmas Lights

Today is Orthodox Christmas, so I thought it would be fitting to briefly talk about Tbilisi at Christmastime. We were a bit bummed when planning our failed R&R and then our impromptu trip to Helsinki and Stockholm that we would miss out on the spectacular Christmas season here at home. However, since Georgia is on […]

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Helsinki

I feel like there are two distinct times to visit Scandanavia: in summer when the sun never sets, and in winter when the sun almost doesn’t rise. I have romantic ideas about Finland, Norway, and Sweden’s midnight sun, but was always nervous about traveling towards the Arctic Circle in the winter when my Seasonal Affective […]

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A Decade in Review

I feel like 2010 was like 20 minutes ago. I’m not exactly sure how it happened but 2020 is upon us which means we are entering into a whole new decade. I saw somewhere that babies born in the 1980s will have experienced four decades, two centuries, and two millenniums before we turn 40. I […]

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What To Do When Your R&R Implodes

I’m currently supposed to be in Bangkok. I’m supposed to be soaking in the fast-paced, bustling Southeast Asian city. I’m supposed to be settling in for one more night before we fly to Bali in the morning for some good-old-fashioned communing with nature and self-centering meditation on a tiny island at the end of the […]

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Frosting Fails

Recently I’ve gotten back into baking. For some reason, I went on a bit of hiatus for the past several years. I think in part it was our desire to eat healthier, and we really don’t need six dozen cookies for two people with little to no self-control. But, I really enjoy baking, and I’ve […]

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Really, Pantone?

It’s slowly dawning on me that we are closing out a decade in a few weeks. The 2010s are ending on December 31. That’s a huge deal. Everyone is posting their top whatever of the 2010s: most streamed songs, most clicked news stories, biggest celebrity names of the decade, most played video game, you name […]

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Adventures in Vegan Cooking

Since about 2012 I have slowly but surely began eating healthier and healthier. When I left my home state of Wisconsin I also left behind consuming cheese and red meat at an alarming rate. It was expensive in Maryland, and with access to the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, seafood was cheaper than I’d […]

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Thanksgiving Overseas

This year, I’m having a really hard time comprehending that it’s nearly Thanksgiving and the holiday season. I think the reason for this is threefold. First off, we didn’t really get a fall here in Tbilisi. I mean that weather-wise and physical location-wise. It felt like the temperature went straight from 70-80 degrees, straight down […]

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Marine Ball

One of the more fun things we’ve been able to participate in as part of the Embassy community these past few years is the annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball. I grew up fairly far removed from the military world, so when Sean started working for the DOD I got a crash-course on all things armed […]

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