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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Tbilisi First Impressions

It’s been about two weeks since we arrived in Tbilisi. Naturally, everyone is asking me what I think of this new city. And, naturally, being me, I have a complicated answer. Since this is only our second assignment overseas, I can’t help come compare everything to Dushanbe. I don’t know if this is necessarily the […]

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Georgia (Not Atlanta, Not Russia)

When I started telling people our next assignment overseas was Tbilisi, Georgia, I usually got one of two responses: Is that near Atlanta? Where’s Georgia? Is that like, Russia? No. And no. Even Google was confused when I tried to figure out the time difference to Maryland. When I searched “Georgia time to EDT” it […]

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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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Life’s a Zoo

We have five animals. Yes, you read that right for anyone who doesn’t actually know us. Two cats and three dogs. It’s an excessive number, I know, but this is what happens when you bring a bleeding heart to Central Asia and sick puppies turn up at your doorstep. They are all relatively young, and […]

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The Problem With We

One thing I’ve noticed since Sean joined the Foreign Service a few years ago is this culture of “we”. In many cases, the idea of “we” is a good thing: “we’re all in this together,” “we’re moving to a foreign country,” “we, collectively, are the U.S. Embassy Wherever.” That’s all fine and it builds a […]

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“Surprise!” I’m Anemic

Last week Friday I went in for my pre-PCS physical. Now, I’m a fairly healthy adult human. I exercise regularly, eat relatively healthy, don’t smoke, don’t drink in excess – I’m boring – so I was feel pretty confident in my ability to pass my various blood tests with flying colors. I even joked with […]

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