I passed my State Department Arabic class! After 12 weeks of not-as-diligent-as-it-should-have-been study, I can now read the alphabet, count to a million, say hello, and introduce myself. My teacher left me with a long list of subjects I need to work on before I start the second course in the series. Good thing it… Read More I don’t speak Arabic … YET.
I am a lucky woman. When I made my decision to lose weight get healthy, my husband was nothing but supportive. Now, a few months into the process, he continues to be nothing but supportive. He thought I was beautiful and sexy and perfect when I was 225. He thinks I’m beautiful and sexy and… Read More On having an incredibly supportive partner while on this journey
How many times have I written and not saved this malaria post because we lost power? NOT THIS TIME. Ctrl+S. A very long story short: Bertrand and I had malaria this week. I lost a lot of weight in a very unhealthy way because I had no appetite and even if I did, I couldn’t… Read More We got malaria and it was the WORST EVER EVER
Last night, a feminist friend and I* were out drinking with a man. We’re all mid-to-upper class whites, well educated, socially mobile, and currently living in Benin. The man, several years out of undergrad, was astounded at the high numbers of women who had eating disorders while he was in school. My friend and I… Read More On eating disorders and the patriarchy
I love egg drop soup. It’s hard to find here, in Benin, although rumor has it that there’s one Chinese restaurant that has a passable version. Lucky for me, it’s dead simple to make and super-low calorie too. This may be the only soup recipe where I tell you to go ahead and use faux-broth… Read More Egg Drop Soup
I am addicted to chicken broth. Not the gross sodium-filled broth in a can or broth from a cube, but delicious homemade chicken broth made by boiling leftover bones, onions, garlic, and carrots in a liter or so of water. I am not equally addicted to zucchinis, but we are still getting them in our… Read More Modified recipe: Zucchini Garlic Soup
Cheap, fast, and healthy. The diet industry seems to spend a lot of time telling us that we can only have two out of three: cheap and healthy? Prepare to spend hours slaving over a hot stove. Cheap and fast? Junk food it is. Fast and healthy? It’ll cost you an arm and a leg.… Read More Throw together meals week: “Mexican” “Pizza”
Last night, Bertrand came home from the grocery store with 5 kilos of pasta. I think he’s getting tired of salads and feta cheese. OK SWEETHEART I CAN TAKE THE HINT.вирусный маркетинг продвижение
I passed the Foreign Service written exam. Now I have to write some essays. Then maybe I’ll have to fly back to Washington (oh no! not the briar patch!). Then maybe one day I’ll be a FILTHY FILTHY RICH RICH expat with a big SUV and a big house and domestic staff. The alternative, which… Read More On life as I know it.
What’s needed is a perceptual shift, Kessler said. “We did this with cigarettes,” he said. “It used to be sexy and glamorous but now people look at it and say, ‘That’s not my friend, that’s not something I want.’ We need to make a cognitive shift as a country and change the way we look… Read More Those nachos are disgusting NOM NOM NOM