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2015: Year in Review

This is the post in which I sum up all the wonderful and exciting things I did over the last year, painting a glamorous picture of Foreign Service life that will make you jealous as hell. Or not. Expat life is a weird combination of exciting, stressful, and totally mundane. That was our 2015, right…

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World, Meet Our Crazy Uncle

Dear World, We were kind of hoping you wouldn’t have to meet him. But, it looks like he’s gone and introduced himself already. He’s that guy. That uncle that is a part of nearly every American family. (If you are white and from the southern half of the country, you’ve probably got two or three…

Photo from Amazon.

Winter is Coming: Let There Be Light!

Technically, winter is still three weeks away. But it is already cold and gray as all get-out here in Warsaw. The first few flakes of snow have fallen. Sure looks like winter to me. By the time winter is actually chronologically, here, it’s going to be colder still, with an average high temperature of 31 degrees…

Westminster Abbey.

Halfway Home

Last week we hopped a cheap flight to London to visit our son for his birthday. The trip was well-timed! I’m not a Third Culture Person, a global nomad, or whatever you want to call it. Though my country seems to be losing its collective mind and conscience lately, I still identify strongly as an…

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One Word That I Don’t Mind, And One That I Do

The term trailing spouse is used to describe a person who follows his or her life partner to another city because of a work assignment. The term is often associated with people involved in an expatriate assignment but is also used by academia on domestic assignments. Wikipedia, “trailing spouse” The “trailing” part of “trailing spouse”…

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Socialist Realism at Plac Konstytucji

OK, both HHE shipments are unpacked, we’re back from our strangely-timed trip to Denmark, and most of the rental fixtures and Drexel uglies have been camouflaged. Now I’m ready to blog about Warsaw! I kind of have a thing about Socialist Realism. (I realize that is in part because I didn’t have to live through…

Exploring the place.

Embassy Housing Hack: Patio to Catio

When I heard that we would be moving into an apartment in Warsaw, I immediately added “catproofing” to the list. Not because I am a crazy cat lady (though I am). Because cats can’t fly, and ask us how we know that! Poor old accident-prone Huckle has since left us. Our current kitties appear to…

I has a backsplash!

Embassy Housing Hack: Kitchen Decals

“Drexel hacks” are a thing now. You can see some good ones here.  I actually tried one yesterday, without success: it turns out that Drexel sofas have measurements that somehow do not match the measuring guides on the SureFit website. So, the loveseat-sized slipcover that I bought for our not-poopy, but oddly mustard-colored loveseat is going back…