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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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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No Gas, No Problem (Except Not Really)

Today is the fifth consecutive day we don’t have gas in our home. It’s not at all unusual for gas or electricity or water to go out for a few hours or a few days out here in Tbilisi, but this particular outage is a bit more extreme. Thankfully, when such outages happen, the Embassy […]

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Dental Work

I have pretty horrible teeth. You wouldn’t necessarily know it by looking at me, but trust me, they are a mess. Apparently, when my teeth formed they naturally developed very deep pits in them. No matter how well I brushed or flossed, I knew at a young age I was destined to have many dental […]

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That Time We Almost Lost Our DPO

After a somewhat rocky start last summer, I’ve grown quite attached to our Diplomatic Post Office or DPO. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone since I’ve mentioned several times on this blog that the ability to receive mail from the United States is key to my happiness while overseas. I know the DPO […]

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Pedicures are Self Care

Lately, I’ve been going to one of the local nail salons in Tbilisi called TenTen for pedicures regularly. People know I’m semi (ok, completely) obsessed with painting my nails, but it’s a little known fact that I loathe dealing with my toes. I’m quite long and somewhat inflexible, so the convoluted position I need to […]

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Overseas Auto Repair

One area of everyday life that I haven’t really had to experience overseas is auto repairs. In Dushanbe, we had one car, and since things were so confusing and convoluted on the local market we always asked one of our local staff to help us out anytime we needed something done. It also helped that […]

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Jet Lag, Revisited

I’ve been back in Tbilisi for a little over a week now. I’d like to say I’ve managed to avoid jet lag coming back here, but that’s not an entirely true statement. While I’m not currently experiencing anything like the “riptide,” I wrote about four years ago, I do still feel it pulling at me […]

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Don’t Call Me Lucky

I think it’s pretty normal to look at the life Sean and I have and feel some type of way. Some think we are crazy. Some want to know all the details. And some, don’t care at all, they just see us as we are. I don’t have a problem with any of the above. […]

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