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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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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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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Vacation Deficit Disorder

It has been 464 days since our last vacation. For anyone who doesn’t want to do the math, that’s January 1, 2017, when we returned to Dushanbe after three weeks in New Zealand. That’s a long time for someone who loves to travel. I can feel the wanderlust creeping into the core of my being. […]

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