Egg Scramble

Oh, egg scrambles, how I love you so. Delicious vegetables. Lots of protein. Not lots of calories. It’s a perfect way to start my day (and a perfect way to use up old vegetables before I hit the market on the weekends). The recipe is simple: chop whatever vegetables you like, sautee them, pour eggs over veggies, cook eggs, eat. I usually have tomatoes, bell peppers, zucchinis, and onions on...


Vegetable skewers

Now that we’re hitting the beach several times a month, I need some good, portable, grillable recipes. Just grill delicious meat and fish you say? Guess what Bertrand and I gave up for Lent. Enter the vegetable skewer. Benin’s got delicious cheese. It’s kind of like ricotta, except that it’s solid, has a tofu-like texture, and doesn’t melt, and grills up perfectly. Oh wait, it’s nothing like ricotta. Start your...



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...


I walked 5k!

I had a wonderful weekend! I went to the beach, got a pedicure, ate delicious food, and walked 5k! Of course, I chose to walk 5k downtown on a busy Sunday evening, in a see-through white T-Shirt, in sticky, sweaty, humid weather. It was like waving a sign, “Come harass Theresa!” Lucky for me, I’m an asshole, and totally over my need to make men feel better about rejection. Sorry,...


Good reads for March 24th

Le Bénin touché par le mal ivoirien | Slate Afrique – Excellent background article on what's going on RT @annagueye Bénin touché par le mal ivoirien – #benin2011 #civ2010 Jolome Bénin – RT @SenamBeheton: For those interested in information about #Benin2011 check out Nice news aggregation source. Ivorian crisis threatens region: Liberia’s Sirleaf – RT @emeka_okafor The 'Ivorian crisis threatens region: Liberia's Sirleaf' #ivorycoast #liberia #benin2011 сайт


Good reads for March 21st

Expat Explorer – White House Issues Report on Women in America – – But at all levels of education, women still earn only 75 percent of what men earn. The dogs who listen to children reading | Education | The Guardian – When children read to him, Danny does not criticise or correct their pronunciation. He just nods and pricks up an ear, although sometimes he closes his eyes...


Cancled A-100, green beer, and Cotonou

Last week, I got the sad (horrific, devastating, WORLD ENDING) news that there won’t be a May A-100 class. A-100 is also known as “orientation” or as I like to call it, “Diplomat School”. HR asked me to keep it under my hat for a few days, but it looks like the news is already out through other sources. Bertrand and I were hoping to be home as soon as...


A love letter

Dear work gym, I love your treadmills (why would anyone call you a “dreadmill”? You’re wonderful!). I love your clean showers. I love your convenience. I love your DSTV subscription that allows me to watch MTV while I run … in BENIN! I love your comfortable mats for stretching. I do not love the windows facing the compound entrance, so that everyone can see me jiggle and shake as I...


Good reads for March 1st

{placekitten} – Service provides kittens for use as img placeholders. FULL OF WIN. In Which We Teach You How To Be A Woman In Any Boys’ Club – Home – This Recording – In Which We Teach You How To Be A Woman In Any Boys' Club Daring Fireball: Markdown Syntax Documentation –


Dude, where’s my food scale?

Nothin’ like starting the day right with delicious oatmeal and coffee. It’s usually too dark to get a good picture before I leave for work, but over the weekend? Perfect sunlight falls on Bertrand’s desk around 7:30 each morning.