Georgian Time

I was never a morning person. Just ask my parents. As a child, I never wanted to get up early, and I always wanted to stay up late. I just couldn’t see the appeal of vacating my warm bed – especially in the middle of a Wisconsin winter when we were lucky if it was […]

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Donating Blood in a Foreign Country

I’m a blood donor. I have been since I turned 18 and was legally allowed to donate in the state of Wisconsin. I went as often as I could. It was something my mom taught me wasn’t scary, took hardly any time, and was a small way I could contribute to society. On a personal, […]

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Tbilisi Wind

Sean and I have yet to live in a place with weather that is drastically different from home. Although, since Wisconsin is currently experiencing winter in it’s most brutal form with temperatures below 0 degrees Fahrenheit and blizzards dumping 8-12 inches of snow every other day, I guess you could say the craziest weather we’ve […]

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Book Review: Diplomatic Baggage

Book reviews are back! I definitely fell off the bandwagon on this series. I think in general my life gets totally out of whack for several months before and after a PCS, and one thing I really slacked on this go-round was reading. It always makes me sad when I go through reading lulls. I […]

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Hitting The Wall

So we’ve been here in Tbilisi for about five months now. Part of me can’t believe it’s been that long since it still feels like we just arrived yesterday. There’s still so much of this city we haven’t explored, and don’t even get me started on the rest of the country. Where on earth did […]

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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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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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Do I Miss Tajikistan?

In case you weren’t aware, Sean and I did this really amazing thing from 2015-2017 where we lived and worked in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Cool, right?! It was an overwhelming experience to say the least. Not surprisingly, since returning home, not a week goes by where we aren’t bombarded with “Do you miss Tajikistan?” “Do you […]

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