April 2011

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Nope, still not moving home, Mom!

So the May Diplomat School* class was canceled. And then uncanceled. Invitations went out yesterday and today. No, I am not among the lucky. My score is good enough that I wouldn’t normally need to worry about eventually receiving an invitation, but in this age of squabbling over budgets and debt-ceilings, all bets are off. We, the great unwashed hopeful future officers, are all counting on July and September classes.

For those of you who have been cheering Congress on as they cut the State department’s budget, please remember that diplomats are cheaper than soldiers, and diplomacy is cheaper than war. Long term, the American government will save more money and more lives through diplomacy and development than defense.

In any case, I am still in Benin, still working at the embassy, and still enjoying life.

* What I call “Diplomat School” is normally called A-100. But nobody who reads this knows WTF “A-100” means, so I’ll call it WTF I want.


I haven’t been blogging because I hate this blog. There. I said it. THIS BLOG MAKES ME CRAZY. It is annoying (like me), neurotic (like me), and damn unfunny (unlike me). I’ve written enough “I can’t find my voice” posts to sink a damn battleship.

The strange thing is that I have a few “fitness buddies,” with whom I exchange emails privately. I love the emails I send them! They are funny. Eloquent. Feminist. Honest. Yes, neurotic too.

While I’m figuring things out (and freaking out about a possible furlough at work), here are some links I’ve liked over the past few days:

Food is cheaper because costs are “externalized”. Marion Nestle’s excellent explanation for how American food stays so cheap compared to the rest of the world. Do you not read Food Politics? You should!

Lentil Loaf, on Feed Me I’m Cranky. I’m making this for dinner tonight! Oh, protein, I miss you so!

Free-Market Solutions for Overweight Americans. Matt Ridley examens healthy living vouchers as a solution for obesity. I’m not convinced, as better and universal access to healthy foods, health care, and education would do largely the same thing, but with much less cost and negative externalities. Oh, I’m sorry, is my progressive showing?