Adventures in Vegan Cooking

Since about 2012 I have slowly but surely began eating healthier and healthier. When I left my home state of Wisconsin I also left behind consuming cheese and red meat at an alarming rate. It was expensive in Maryland, and with access to the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, seafood was cheaper than I’d […]

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Thirty Things

Tomorrow I’m entering a new decade of my life. It feels like I was 19 only a day ago, and it also feels like I’ve been 30 for about five years. It’s a very odd duality inside my head at the moment. Since I’m a blogger, and since I have in fact learned a lot […]

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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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Anemia Update

When I was home last month, I (of course) went into a Sephora. I had to see the motherland of makeup; it had been so long. Usually, I’m happy to just visit, look around, swatch some things, and bask in the glow of all the beautiful products. But not this time. This time I had […]

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Canning Cookbook Loves

It’s summer, which means I’m in the thick of canning season. It’s been a few years since I was able to have a full summer of preserving since we moved so much between 2017 and 2018. This year I was a bit slow to start, but now my pile of sealed jars grows each weekend […]

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Sam Raan Spa

As a collective, Sean and I are a mixed bag when it comes to self-care. We are both extroverted introverts, so we are both quite good at recognizing when we need to disconnect from the world and relax. It’s very much required in the Foreign Service lifestyle if you ask me. But sometimes it goes […]

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Fitness Travel Essentials

I’ve got a lot of traveling coming up between now and October. All good travel, just a lot of it in a relatively short period. One thing I’ve found that really helps my mental clarity and feeling of “normalcy” when traveling or PCSing is making time for myself in the form of fitness. I always […]

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Georgian Time

I was never a morning person. Just ask my parents. As a child, I never wanted to get up early, and I always wanted to stay up late. I just couldn’t see the appeal of vacating my warm bed – especially in the middle of a Wisconsin winter when we were lucky if it was […]

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A Word About Driving

I mentioned a few posts ago when we visited Tbilisi AutoMusem that I don’t particularly like driving. It’s not my least favorite activity ever, but I was very excited when my office moved to telework three days a week and I only had to drive from Edgewater to Hanover every so often. Traffic in the […]

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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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