I am back in Malabo. I volunteered to come back. So here I am. My spouse and kids are in the US. It’s heartbreaking for me now, and I miss them, but I suspect that we’ll settle into a “new normal” relatively soon. A few observations from the last few months: Full productivity with the… Read More Back in Malabo. Ish.
We have so much going on right now, and all of that pales in comparison to the work folks are doing in the United States and elsewhere to fight racial injustice and police brutality. I am tired. But not nearly as tired as my Black family, friends, and colleagues. Black Lives Matter. That is all.
Malabo feels like one of the last places on earth not to be touched by COVID-19. But of course, despite the small number of positive cases here, life has dramatically changed, not just for expats who are watching the news from home with horror and concern, but for Guineanos whose livelihoods will be permanently affected… Read More Life in the time of Coronavirus
OMG y’all. One of the web apps I use every day for my job stopped working in Chrome over the summer (mysteriously, unsolvably, and only for me). It is now working in Chrome again. These days, it’s the small things. “Girl boss” can die in a fire. My male colleagues are not hashtag boy bosses.… Read More Things I like on and off the Internet #3
I expected this article about what a bad idea it is to bring your whole self to work to be about how your coworkers do not GAF about your weird habits, your neuroses, and your medical problems. They care about you showing up, bring a professional, and doing your fucking job. My colleagues (and this… Read More Stuff I like on and off the Internet #2
On December 31, 2020, I will be healthier than I am now, physically, emotionally, intellectually, and financially. That’s it. That’s my New Year’s resolution. Happy 2020!
While I may be resolving to write more, I am also trying to read more interesting stuff both on the Internet and off. So. Here we are. I dislike intensely my previous “What I’m reading” title for the bits and bobs and links that I share on a totally irregular basis. I am searching for… Read More Stuff I like on and off the Internet #1
A dear friend told me today that she wants more routine in her life, and in particular, a calming evening ritual of tea and a book before bed. There’s something magic about curling up with hot tea and an engrossing story at the end of a long and frustrating day. Or a long and frustrating… Read More On new beginnings, but not quite the new year (yet)
You know what makes a great gift? Bourbon. You know what makes an even better gift? Bourbon that you’ve lovingly infused over several months to taste like a classic American dessert, apple pie. DIY Apple Pie Bourbon makes an amazing gift to friends and contacts. Yes, of course I use American bourbon for this! … Read More DIY Apple Pie Bourbon
All I wanted from the trip to Kazakhstan with my kids was good company, good food, and a chance to get out into nature. Our first trip out of Almaty, to Charyn Canyon, Kolsai Lake, and Kaindy Lake more than delivered on all three. Charyn Canyon Charyn Canyon itself is starkly beautiful in a… Read More Charyn Canyon, Kolsai Lake, and Kaindy Lake (with kids!)