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Wrapping up 2014, and planning 2015

I have spent the last couple of weeks looking for a good year-long online class to keep me focused on my priorities for 2015. In 2014, I participated in Ali Edward’s One Little Word, and chose “breathe,” instead of making new year’s resolutions and setting goals in January. I focused on stopping to ask myself, “Is this really what I want to be doing?” in a given moment, and I worked...

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We made it to Jerusalem! Here’s a photo dump of our adventures!

Plane trips were awesome. Jasmine is slowly inheriting my love of books and reading.  Also, a huge  shout out to the amazing recommendation we got from some FS friends to buy her Sammy’s Next Move, by Helen Muffini.  She loved it, and was able to draw all sorts of great parallels between Sammy the Snail’s moves and her own. Jasmine got to enjoy her two favorite things in the world in the...

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Documenting the holidays: Keeping it small, keeping it simple

I am an avid scrapbooker.  I began when my first daughter was born, and realized how ephemeral our wealth of digital photos really was. Since then, we’ve had hard drive failures, toddlers spilling coffee on laptops, and a number of international moves.  These days, I think of the scrapbooks as a physical backup of the memories we’ve worked so hard to photograph. One of the biggest challenges, though, of documenting memories on...

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10 things that Theresa did this week instead of blogging

PACKED THE FUCK OUT. One of the awesome things about having a job that requires me to move around the world, is that the job will actually move me around the world. The movers came, boxed up everything, and took it away.  See you in Jerusalem, worldly goods! COMFORTED A TODDLER. Jasmine is freaked the fuck out about the disappearance of all her stuff. We’re trying to make it easier...

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Diary of a Fat CrossFitter – CrossFit didn’t suck yesterday AND THAT WAS WEIRD

CrossFit didn’t suck yesterday. That was weird, and I’m not sure how I feel about it.  I’ve gotten into this mental thing where if I don’t leave thinking that OMG I AM SO TIRED AND THE WORST EVER AT CROSSFIT, then I feel like I should be working harder. In retrospect, that’s pretty silly.  I should be working smarter, not harder. Burpees are still my kryptonite.  I did pretty well on the strength...

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What I’m Reading 11/3/14

Introducing the Awesome Ladies Creative Team Kristin has put together an amazing group of Awesome Ladies to promote feminist scrapping and the Awesome Ladies Community. I’m honored to be part of it! Basically, this means that instead of just posting about CrossFit, I’ll be posting about CrossFit AND scrapbooking. Win for me, win for you! What Do You Tell Your Children About The Internet? But also if somehow something weird...

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Halloween in DC with the kids

How do I know I’m getting old? All of my friends’ halloween parties started at 6 last night. And we didn’t go to any. My husband picked me up from FSI with the kids already in costume, but fast asleep. We went grocery shopping, and then came up and rushed to get the house picked up for trick-or-treaters. Our building has a sign-up for families with toddlers, so nobody has...

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Sunset run around the National Mall and saying good-bye

My running buddy took off for even cooler climes at her new post this weekend, so it looks like I’ll be on my own in knocking off a few spots off my DC running bucket list before I take off for Maryland, then Jerusalem, in a few weeks.*  We’ve been in DC since February, and it’s only now that the rapid departure of our friends is really starting to sting. A few friends here,...

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Livin’ la Vida Crystal City

I have gotten four emails/ FB messages about life in Crystal City in the couple of weeks. And three the month before that. It might be because I’m such an evangelist for the neighborhood (it’s seriously underrated), but it might just be because there isn’t a ton of information out there about living in Crystal City as a Foreign Service family. Everyone who’s anyone either stays in Falls Church (folks...

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Diary of a Fat CrossFitter – Somewhat less crabby today

Yesterday, Jasmine threw a temper tantrum in the parking lot, and I picked her up and carried her all the way to the car, along with the groceries, and I wasn’t even winded. Today, Jasmine and I did yoga together when I got home from CrossFit. And then I stopped and just took pictures because ADORABLE. A couple of weekends ago, I had the first workout at my CrossFit gym...