Monthly Archives: December 2013

Sweet, sweet nectar of the Texpats

From time to time, I make the drive down to go shopping in New York.  Groceries are usually cheaper in New York and there are a few things that I haven’t been able to find here in Canada, though admittedly many U.S. grocery products are available here.

However, I had not been able to find Shiner beer in Watertown or Ogdensburg, NY, the two towns where I tend to shop.  After checking several places in both towns not too long after I got here and not having any luck, I did some research and discovered that Shiner didn’t have a distributor in New York.  Alas!  Then, I saw news that Shiner was coming to New York and got all excited.  However, disappointment struck again when I learned that their distributor only operated in New York City and surrounding areas.  So, imagine my surprise when I wandered in to a grocery store just across the border and saw this glorious sight:

Shiner!

Shiner!

It was amazing.  I am not a huge beer drinker, but Shiner is just one of those things that reminds me of home and is nice to have available when I get a craving every now and then.  It’s nice to know that I don’t have to stock up when I drive further south in to Shiner-land or to hoard it and ration it when I bring it back since it’s now easily accessible.

Happy Shiner Day to me!

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Mewy Christmas from Catnada!

Mewy Christmas from Catnada!

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Handshake Part 2: Electric Boogaloo

When I posted a little over a month ago, I’d accepted a handshake for the FSI Economics Course.  The course runs from September to early March, and is followed by either language training or an assignment in DC at the Department of State, another agency, a company, a think tank etc.

A couple of weeks ago, they added a bunch of jobs to the bid list since there were so many people bidding at my rank who still didn’t have jobs lined up.  Some of those fit well with the timing of the econ course, so I put in a few bids.  Well, one thing led to another and I’ve accepted a handshake for a Political and Economic job in Frankfurt, Germany starting in the summer of 2015, after the FSI Econ Course and a refresher course in German to get my German back up to speed.

I am beyond excited about the assignment and still keep pinching myself thinking that it’s not real or that there must be some hidden catch.  I double checked though, and there was no clause signing over my firstborn child or anything in the handshake offer. 😉

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Home for the Holidays

I’m a bit late writing about it, but I went home to Texas for Thanksgiving and it was wonderful.  I hadn’t been home since last Christmas and it was good to be home, to go to church, to see my family, to consume foods from several of the key Texas food groups, and to get some (slightly) warmer weather.

It was snowing as I left Ottawa, but I still managed to miss the really nice weather central Texas had the week before and the week after I was there.  The weather hovered around freezing and was grey and rainy for the first few days I was there.  It did get warmer in the last part of the week, but not quite warm enough to wear my flip flops.

I did take a couple of pictures while I was home, so here we go:

Lovely weather at the Ottawa Airport before I left

Lovely weather at the Ottawa Airport before I left

My parents' dog is so shy! ;)

My parents’ dog is so shy! 😉

Mmmmm, Shiner Cheer!

Mmmmm, Shiner Cheer!

Texas, where even the beer wears camo.

Texas, where even the beer wears camo.

First reindeer car sighting of the season

First reindeer car sighting of the season

Diet Dr Pepper from the fountain, as it should be.

Diet Dr Pepper from the fountain, as it should be.

Texas is prepared for zombie attacks

Texas is prepared for zombie attacks

Sadly, this was too big to fit in my carry on.

Sadly, this was too big to fit in my carry on.

All the pretty Shiners!

All the pretty Shiners!

Santa also wears camo in Texas

Santa also wears camo in Texas

My parents' cat and I warmed our toes in front of the fire.

My parents’ cat and I warmed our toes in front of the fire.

Aaaaand we're back in toasty Ottawa.

Aaaaand we’re back in toasty Ottawa.

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