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Goodbye, Crazy Old Cat

A few months ago I wrote about Huckle, our not overly bright, directionally challenged, accident-prone, Czech barn cat. I started that post as a sort of epitaph, as he had disappeared from our roof a few days previously and I was pretty sure we wouldn’t be seeing him again. Well, he found his way home…

The courtyard of the history department. Because, you know, history.

Emptying the Nest

So, last Friday I flew to California to help my daughter get settled into her graduate dorm. The day after that, my son flew to England to start his first year at university. Just your typical Foreign Service family I guess. When the kids fledge, flying distance is no object! Emptying the nest is actually…

The Young Man’s Tale

Once upon a time there was a Boy. His parents thought he might never grow up. But, one day, he decided he was ready to become a Young Man. He wanted a summer job, you see. He had Goals. He wanted to go to college. He knew that he would have to earn some money…

This, plus yelling at your teenager's friends a couple of times, will get you a smoke-free home.

A Brief Rant About a Filthy Habit

If you are thinking of moving to Vienna (or possibly even traveling here, depending on how sensitive you are to these things) there is something you should know. The Viennese smoke like it’s 1955. Seriously, think “Mad Men.” I thought I might be imagining how bad it was compared to other countries, until I saw…

Can’t Live With Them…Or Something Like That

So, our very lovely apartment has a ridiculous amount of security. A front door that looks like a bank vault. Special fancy keys, and and even special-er little piece of plastic with a transponder in it that makes the elevator work. This means that every time I have guests I have to go up and…

My Brain Is Tired

So, yesterday I clicked “Submit” to send in my final exam. It felt GOOD. Because, you know, my brain is kind of tired by now. Hello, Christmas vacation! I just finished the first of four online courses in a “professional sequence in editing” offered by the University of California at Berkeley. I have earned my…

Tranqued out cat.

Never a Dull Moment

A lot going on around here. Next week, we move to a new apartment. Which is, on the whole, a positive development, but also a major hassle. We’ll get it done, but of course I’d just as soon not have to! Everything in the house is sort of lying around half-sorted at the moment. I…

Things I Like About Vienna

This week’s question for the Foreign Service Blog Round-Up is a good one: what do you like about your current post? We should all ask ourselves this question now and then! Even in a cushy post like Vienna. Especially in February. I’ve mentioned before that I am not here for the “typical” reasons. I am not…