Category: Pre-FS: The Oregon Era

  • Working Again

    The last time I started writing a post for this blog was almost exactly one year ago when […]

  • Our dishwasher is much quieter…

    … than our old one back home. The internal organization is random and fits every dish awkwardly, at […]

  • Lucky us!

    When Jenne and I were looking for our first house, we found a 4-leaf clover 🍀 in the […]

  • Bishkek, here we come!

    We’re thrilled that our first post will be Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan! How do we feel about this post? Couldn’t […]

  • The Last Week of Orientation

    Foreign Service Orientation (aka A-100 or SOAR) is 6 weeks long… then after that comes more training, specific […]

  • Splitting Myself in Two

    I had to split my brain in two to get this job, and I’ve had to split my […]

  • Feeling Home

    Jen and I were recently talking on the telephone about how our first life together lasted about 5 […]

  • I’m a Diplomat Now!

    I’ve sworn an oath to the constitution. I’ve gotten a super official badge that allows me past armed […]

  • The Kindest Things

    How awkward would it have been, if: Us: “…so we’re moving out of the country.”Everyone else: “Good!” Ah […]

  • City of Roses and Broken Hearts

    Portland is an amazing little city. Our food, our fashion, our outdoors, our books… it’s comforting that, no […]