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. […]

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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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Tbilisi’s Time is Now

Recently, just about everyone I know has been sending us the Forbes article entitled 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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Oh No, DPO

I have a confession to make: I am completely, 100% dependent on online ordering when I’m overseas. I’m not proud of it necessarily, but sometimes you just have to do things you aren’t proud of when put into situations outside your comfort zone. I’m picky. I’m particular. I like things a certain way. And when […]

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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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