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Life changing events

Yesterday, I received and accepted an offer from the Foreign Service. When I took the FSOT last June, I never expected to pass (OK, I kind of did, but I was more stressed about what my coworkers would think if I didn’t pass than I was worried about actually becoming a Foreign Service Officer). After passing the written exam, I never expected to get past the QEP (OK, I kind...

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Reboot?

This morning, Mom emailed me to let me know that this blog has a virus! Or rather, that somehow SVO had been hacked, and it was making her anti-virus software go nuts every time she visited. Hmmmm. I wiped the slate clean, so please let me know if this is still happening to anyone else!продвижение сайта

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On maintaining marital harmony when moving 5000 miles away

Any day now, offers are going to come out for the July class. At 23/236 on the register, I’d say my shot at a July offer is about 50/50 right now. It’s high enough to keep the ants in my pants, but low enough that I feel comfortable slacking on starting our household inventory. Bertrand and I have started many conversations about what could happen should we need to pack...

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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....

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Lentil loaf

Turns out, cooking split red lentils has nothing in common with cooking regular brown lentils. Or maybe I just buy a lot of stale brown lentils. After soaking the red lentils in water for an hour, I put them on the stove. I think they were done even before the water boiled. So now I’ve got a few cups of lentil mush. It’s delicious mush, but never-the-less, still mush. That’s...

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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...

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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...

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Linkdump!

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...

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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,...

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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