raising kids in the foreign service: a book!

For the past few months, I've had the privilege of doing work for Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW) with a number of fabulous people and a couple of weeks ago, one of our projects came to fruition -- a new book, Raising Kids in the Foreign Service! When the first call for... Continue Reading →

the beginning of brussels: a whirlwind

As you can tell from the latest Snapshot Sundays, we made it to Brussels! Home Leave was fabulous, if much too short. We finished up our month in the States with a few days of consultations in DC, where we stayed near the Oakwood in which we lived for Serbo-Croatian language training. Scarlett definitely recognized... Continue Reading →

belgrade: the good and the bad

I'm hopping on the Foreign Service bloggers bus and adding my list of the best and worst of Belgrade. The list has been fun to think about, especially as we are in the last weeks of our tour here. Pros Travel opportunities: There are so many great travel opportunities that I don’t even know where I... Continue Reading →

the 14 of 2014: our next assignment

After the oh-so-crazy bidding process began, we were on pins and needles, wondering about our next assignment. To make matters more nerve-racking the State Department released a cable telling all bidders that, basically, this was the hardest bidding season to date.  What great news to get in the middle of your first time doing midlevel bidding... Continue Reading →

the 14 of 2014: bidding

Without a doubt, one of the biggest things to happen to us in 2014 was going through our first season of mid-level bidding. In the U.S. Foreign Service, the first two assignments are "directed" -- which means officers have little-to-no say in where they go. With the first assignment, a big bid list comes out toward... Continue Reading →

the key to staying happy at post

Theresa over at Subject Verb Object had the great idea to start a "blog rejuvenation" series with weekly prompts, for us Foreign Service bloggers. This past week's prompts were about staying happy at post (even when everything is going wrong) and doing things for ourselves. In what is becoming my MO, I am behind. I meant to... Continue Reading →

the 13 of 2013: Belgrade

The biggest thing that happened in 2013 was that we moved back overseas, to Belgrade, Serbia. I did write an update about our first week here, and as we are into month eight of being here I think we can safely say we love it -- and it is not the honeymoon phase talking, because... Continue Reading →

the power of slipcovers

Taking a cue from Hardship Homemaking, I've decided it is time to write about the slipcovers that dramatically changed the look of our apartment. When we first opened the door to the apartment, I was a bit disappointed to see that we had been issued the infamous "old" Drexel Heritage line of furniture. Since the... Continue Reading →

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