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The Big Five-Oh

Yep, it’s here. The half-century mark. I am now vintage—halfway to antique! To my mild surprise, the AARP hasn’t found me yet. I suspect my husband may be tossing out their solicitations before he brings the mail home from the embassy. Smart husband What does it feel like to be 50? Pretty much the same…

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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…

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The Poopy Blue Brocade Sofa of Doom

Whenever we go to a new post, we receive a housing survey a few months ahead of time. The embassy does this in order to find out what our preferences are (to a limited degree) before assigning us housing. For example, do you prefer to live downtown or in the suburbs? Do you have pets?…

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Your Taxpayer Dollars at Work

Well, I was shocked to find that my blog has still not been included on the State Department’s recruitment page. Even with all the posts about fab Italian vacations, which are, after all, absolutely typical of the Foreign Service lifestyle. I guess I’m still not topical enough, sigh. So, I decided it was time for…

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Just This Side of Chaos

I must say, this side is much better than the other side! Which is where we were last week, packing up all our earthly goods to move across town. Yes, it is a mid-tour move! I went into the reasons we were moving a few weeks ago, so I won’t repeat them here. Even though this…

The matching loveseat.

The Big Cover-Up

So, over two months after moving into our apartment our slipcovers arrived. Bye-bye blue brocade! FWIW, I ordered from Sure Fit. They screwed up the order the first time–their system couldn’t deal with a DPO address. But, when I called them about it, they were very nice: apologizing and offering me 10 percent off plus…

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Dealing with Drexel Decor

Our Embassy-leased apartment is quirky, but generally pretty nice, considering its age However, the master bedroom is definitely the ugliest room in the house. It is a weird shape, dominated by huge cupboards, and someone really blew it with this floor. The rest of the apartment has somewhat weathered, but interesting and classy hardwood floors. In…

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Some Odd Things About My New Home

I was going to post photos of my super-cool, if quirky, new penthouse apartment. It’s the top two floors of an old house. But right now, it’s sort of a mess, what with my office being on the dining table, cardboard boxes being used for various purposes everywhere, and a bunch of ugly furniture awaiting…

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Of Blue Brocade and Builder Brass

So, we got photos of our apartment in Vienna. Which is awesome. I mean, really, it is!  We have never had a truly cool house in the Foreign Service before. I am so psyched. But, there is one little problem. And its name is Drexel. Well, duh, you may say, what did you expect? Honestly,…