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Happy Independance Day!

What an amazing way to celebrate the Fourth. The last time I was in the States for Independence Day, I was in college. Since then, I’ve elebrated as a Peace Corps Volunteer, as an entrepreneur abroad, as a local hire at a U.S. Embassy in Cotonou, in Freetown as the GSO (logistician-in-chief), and now, back in the States as a plain-old-regular American Citizen. Lemme tell you, it is AMAZING celebrating...

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Strawberry Basil Mocktail

Costco’s summer strawberries are out of control. Is it possible to eat a over kilo of strawberries in a week? I managed to get through about half of them by making strawberry coconut ice pops for Jasmine and bringing some to lunch every day, but I got to the end of the week and still had about a pound left. Yikes. I needed a recipe that would be alright with...

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Diary of a Fat CrossFitter – CrossFit is secretly Drum Corps

Thought I was gonna puke halfway through last night’s workout. Bless his heart, the coach was like, “You should do a shorter run for this last round.” So I did, and I didn’t puke, and all was well with the world. Crossfit seems to be about destroying yourself physically, workout after workout after workout.  Short term misery for long term gains. You work your ass off during the skills and...

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Crystal City Farmer’s Market

One of the best things about living in Crystal City is the amazing farmer’s market.  Sure, it’s for rich yuppies who have more many than sense, but I live in NoVa, so that’s basically everything here. Every Tuesday, from 3:30 to 7:30, about two dozen vendors line a shady sidewalk to hawk their wares.  There are lots of organic vegetables, but also artisanal cheeses, breads, and yes, delicious pickles. Even...

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Diary of a Fat CrossFitter: First time Fran

I <3 squats.  And lifting. But not benchmark WODs. No, indeed.  Helen, and Fran, and the rest could take a flying leap off a cliff, and I wouldn’t be upset to read about it in the paper the next day. Monday night, I was the only person in my class. My box holds several novice classes on Mondays, and since I 1) care about seeing my kids on week nights and...

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FS Blog Rejuvenation FINAL Round Up

The last few weeks have been busy for everyone!  Here are the final posts for the FS Spring Rejuvenation! I’ve really been enjoying JDC’s posts about life in Lagos.  All FS families think that the drivers at their post are the worst in the world.  In JDC’s case, she’s right. Kitchen Cables shares her experiences of a Balkan market. Connie picked up chili peppers at the grocery store, and shared a...

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FS Blog Spring Rejuvenation – FINAL PROMPTS

It’s the last week of our Foreign Service Blog Rejuvenation!  This week’s prompts are about what inspires us. Prompt 1: Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move or inspire you? Prompt 2: Find three other FS blogs that inspire you. Link up your favorite posts (don’t have to be the most recent). Prompt 3: Take a...

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{Diary of a Fat CrossFitter} On Kindness and Self-Love

One of the things I like very much about the CrossFit coaches at my gym box is that they are very kind. Wait—I don’t mean kind.  I mean that the coaches effectively explain the purpose of workouts and how I can achieve that purpose.  I mean that they communicate clearly that there is no shame in scaling movements.  I mean that that they don’t embarrass me or anyone else about our lack of fitness.  Is that kindness? It...

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My Writing Process, Such That it Is

Naval-gazing indeed. When Roaen tagged me to participating in a Writing Process blog hop, I couldn’t help but laugh. The only thing I love more than talking about myself is getting to do it on my blog. We bloggers are a narcissic bunch sometimes, but I have really enjoyed clicking backward through the hop and seeing how other busy bloggers manage their work lives, families, and blogs. What am I...

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FS Blog Rejuvenation Prompts, Week #5 – Communication

We’ into the home stretch!  Just one more week of prompts for our Spring Rejuvenation.  This week, we’re talking about how we communicate, both at Post and with our families back home. Week 5 – Communication . Prompt 1: Tell us how you keep in touch with friends and family back home. (prompt courtesy of Eve Josar). Prompt 2: Visit your favorite market(s) at Post and tell us about them. Tell...