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New blog, y’all!

Alas, Posterous has decided to discontinue its blog service after April 30th.  So, I’ve decided to move my blog to WordPress, since it has a nice interface and would let me import my old posts.  Unfortunately, misplacedtexan and several variations of it were already taken, so I settled on texpatica since life in the Foreign Service makes me an expat and I’m from Texas.  Texpat was already taken, so I went with Texpatica to cover all things Texpat. I hope you enjoy the new space and format. I may be tweaking things over the next few days and please let me know if something’s not working right. 🙂

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More Home Leave!

So, in my last couple of weeks of home leave, I went up to Oklahoma City for a weekend to visit family, talked about Foreign Service careers with students at my alma mater, took the Diplocat to the vet, celebrated the Diplocat’s birthday, got my hair cut, and took care of a few more odds and ends!  It was a busy couple of weeks, but I got a lot done.

I took my new car on its first long trip when I went up to Oklahoma City to see family up there.  It was nice to see them since I hadn’t really seen most of them recently.  The last time I was up there was almost 3 years ago, before I joined the Foreign Service.

In the spirit of paying things forward, I did a Foreign Service career info session with some students from my alma mater.  A lot of people were out of town due to the summer break, but we still had about 20 people show up and hopefully they got some useful info.

I also took the Diplocat to the vet.  She was due for her yearly shots and I also needed to get a rabies vaccination certificate so I can take her in to Canada in August.  We should be good to go on that though.  Also, I adopted her in June 2010, so I count that day as her birthday.  The shelter said she was about 2 years old when I adopted her and I’ve had her for 2 years now, so that makes her about 4 years old now.

After putting it off for forever, I also finally got my hair cut.  I’ve had the same hairstyle for about 6 years now, so I was debating whether or not to change it and put off the decision.  I finally decided to just keep the style I’ve got, so I went in to the lady who’s cut my hair for almost forever and got it cut.  It’s nice not to be in hair-limbo!

On top of those things, there were a lot of other odds and ends I needed to take care of before I left, like last minute shopping, packing, etc.  So, it made for a busy couple of weeks, but I got everything done, in the end.

So, on the 4th of July, I set out for DC.  I was able to take 3.5 days for the drive and the trip went pretty smoothly.  The hotels were decent, the car was fine, and the Diplocat only howled for part of the trip each day.  On Saturday, I got to the DC area and got settled in to my hotel.  I think that the Diplocat was relieved to not be shoved in to her carrier again this morning.

Finally, tomorrow, I start training at the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) for my next assignment.  I’m not here too long, but it will be nice to learn a bit more about the things I’ll be working on, meet with some people in DC that I’ll be working with from Ottawa, and to catch up with some FS and non-FS friends up here. 🙂

So, that’s what’s new in the last couple of weeks!

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Home Leave Adventures

Home leave has been really great!  I’ve spent a lot of time catching up with friends and family in the Austin area, Houston, and Los Angeles.

I went to Houston for a long weekend and got to see several friends from when I did a co-op there.  They’ve been really great friends and it was great to catch up, see how they’re doing, and hang out.  I even got to see some of when NASA was unloading the mock space shuttle they’re getting from the barge it was on.  Super cool!  Of course, the Shuttlebration made for some crazy traffic, but it was so worth it to catch up with my friends there. 😀

A couple of weeks later, I went to California to visit a couple of friends from high school.  It was also really great to catch up with them since I hadn’t seen either of them in about a year and a half.  While my friend was at work, I went to the California Science Center and the LA Museum of Natural History.  They were both super interesting and continuing with the shuttle theme, the California Science Center will eventually be the home of one of the retired space shuttles.  During the weekend, we also went to the Getty Center and spent hours wandering around taking in all of the amazing artwork they have there. I also did crazy things like reading in a park since the weather was so nice and it was a nice area.  It was so nice to walk around a real city and be able to enjoy simple things like just being outside without being afraid.

I’ve also done a ton of shopping on home leave.  I’ve bought a new car, new gadgets, and I’ve bought a bunch of clothes because I was tired of some of what I had and because one of the side effects of not leaving my house much other than to go to and from work was gaining weight, so a lot of stuff doesn’t fit or doesn’t fit well.  That’s an issue that I plan to work on in Ottawa, but in the mean time, I need clothes that fit.  So, I’ve been doing my part to support the American economy while on home leave. 🙂

That’s most of what I’ve been up to lately.  I have some more things planned while I’m on home leave, so I’m sure I’ll post another update about the rest of home leave soon.

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