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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...

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Perfect hard boiled eggs

FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY. Perfectly boiled easy-to-peel hardboiled eggs. No matter how new or old your eggs are. The Internets are fill of lore on how to hard boil your eggs. How to get perfectly yellow yolks, with none of the grey-green of over-boiled eggs. How to get a white that is supple and tasty, instead of rubbery and over cooked. And most importantly, how to boil the eggs in such...

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What’s the ONE thing you always pack in your suitcase when PCSing?

  I can’t live without coffee. More precisely, my family doesn’t want to live WITH me, if I can’t have coffee in the mornings. And good coffee is hard to get in a lot of places in the world. Like a rest stop in London. WTH? How is it that hotels in London only offer Nescafe and other variants of instant coffee in their rooms? THAT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE COFFEE...

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FS Blog Rejuvenation Round-up, Week #3

Everywhere in the world, Foreign Service Officers and their families love to kvetch about their housing.  It’s too small.  It’s too big.  It’s configured in a weird way.  There aren’t any toilet paper holders in the bathrooms.  The kitchen is too hot.  The floors are too cold.  But somehow, in our own quiet way, each of us turns our similarly furnished houses into beautiful, cozy, and friendly homes for our families. If you’re anything...

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Diary of a Fat Crossfitter – Getting Started

I started CrossFit last week, and it is both as awesome and as miserable as expected.  That is to say, I feel like a million bucks after a workout, and then the next day, I can’t walk.  Or lift my backpack.  Or really, even crawl out of bed.  I made a four month commitment to my neighborhood CrossFit gym box*, and you, dear readers, are going to suffer right along side of me....

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FS Blog Rejuvenation, Week #4 – Making Memories

Each Sunday, for six weeks, I’ll post three prompts (an introspective prompt, an activity prompt, and a photo prompt) to get us thinking about what we love about Post and this crazy FS life. Use any or none of them, then comment on that week’s post or in the FB group to let us know you’ve posted. The followig Tuesday (that is, nine days later), I’ll post a round-up so...