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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Book Review: The Utopia Experiment

The Utopia Experiment came into my life in a rather odd way. I hardly ever purchase books in airports (they are expensive and usually not my cup of tea), but when traveling at some point in 2015 or 2016 I had a moment of weakness. I don’t know if it was the title that caught […]

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Let’s Talk Grocery Shopping

Today marked only the second day in the seven months we’ve been in Georgia that I actually drove myself to the nearest grocery store. Sean didn’t take the main car to work, we needed food, and I just wasn’t feeling walking today. It’s odd how my perspective shifts when I’m overseas when it comes to […]

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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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It’s Ok to Not Be Ok

It’s hard making friends as an adult. It’s something you don’t realize until you have to. As a kid, you’re constantly thrown into environments where everyone is in the same boat and needs to forge bonds of friendship. School, extracurricular activities, even the playground. Back in those days you automatically had things in common with […]

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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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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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Boondoggle on the Black Sea

Sean’s been traveling a lot lately. It seems like August-October are his busiest times every year, especially when we are overseas. Now, in a perfect world, I’d be able to join Sean every time he does a quick trip to an interesting location. I was so jealous he went to Berlin without me right before […]

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