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Summer in Shanghai: Real Feel

Summer has arrived to Shanghai with a vengeance. Today the thermostat is reading 106F/41C, with a “real feel” of 119F/48C. And twice this morning the power in my office has shut down due to overheating. The heat is real. Growing up in Seattle, we experienced heat in the summer and Read more…

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Holiday Celebrations

This weekend is a busy one, Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer in the U.S., is typically full of family picnics, and outdoor play. But, it’s not the only holiday that we’ll be celebrating this year. Like most people, growing up I loved having a Monday off and Read more…

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Jordan

At the end of March, I returned to Jordan for the first time since leaving Peace Corps. It was a whirlwind few days, but I am so happy I got to see some of the most important people to me, even for only a short time. I arrived late Thursday Read more…

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Travel

A weekend in Maine

It was 60 degrees in DC this past weekend. So, of course, we decided to go to Maine – where there is still over a foot of snow on the ground. Did I mention it’s snowing again? Yesterday and today. Yep. As I will be heading back to Doha for Read more…

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Erin

Hey! Aren’t you…

Erin is constantly being “recognized” as someone else. This happens at once every couple of weeks. We have decided to keep a log of “recognitions” for humor’s sake. Here are some of the most recent and most amusing examples. 1. Menomale, a pizzeria in Brookland, DC: recognized as the owner Read more…

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Brrrrrrrrr!

We were welcomed back home Monday afternoon by sunny skies and nearly 60 degree weather. By Tuesday afternoon, it was like this: Note: the patches of sidewalk are a result of nearly an entire bag of de-icer! Last summer I was visiting with a friend who grew up out here, Read more…

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Celebrations

2013 in Review

The clock is ticking on 2013…We are ready to ring in a new year, and have big plans for 2014! Still, I am thankful for this past year, as it is the barrier between 2012, a year that I had been ready to see in my rear view mirror. While Read more…

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Home Sweet Home

On December 1, Erin and I celebrated 1 year in our house! To celebrate, I thought I’d do a before and after of some of the work we’ve put in the past year. We still have a lot we want to do – but I think we’ve gotten a pretty Read more…

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