This is us.  The one showing lots of shoulder (in her Chengdu, China Marine Ball ball gown!) is the EFM who writes this blog. The one wearing a tux (James) is the employee who moves her (and their two sons) around all over the world. The red link, below, is how you can get in touch with me...

The time in Chengdu, China

Chengdu: city of fabulous food and beautiful Buddhist monasteries!
Yes, Beijing's Forbidden City (pictured, above) is really pretty and all, but I like Chengdu much better than Beijing!

In Our Same Boat (with State)

  • Beyond the Cornfields
    Brand-new State Department family in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Love their two little girls (she just recently had a baby while being posted in Dhaka), horticulture, traveling and adventure!
  • Email From The Embassy
    State Department family formerly in Beijing, China, and recently posted to Amman, Jordan. A trailing spouse, she's also a writer, and frequently publishes articles with major news sources. A very experienced State family, this new post is something like overseas post number six or seven for them.
  • Just US
    A beautiful family of seven - they have arrived at their new post: Jerusalem! They just finished off an unaccompanied tour to Iraq and are very much looking forward to sightseeing around the middle east.
  • Our Life
    State Department family on their second post...Tijuana, Mexico. It's their first overseas assignment and they have two little boys. They love Tijuana so far and post pictures frequently! They also get to enjoy the best of both worlds for they can sneak over the border into San Diego when they want to!
  • The Dinoia Family
    State Department family formerly in California, now in DC for a DC tour. Next, the husband will do a one year unaccompanied tour. A very experienced State family (formerly in Iceland and Caracas) with a blog that has been around quite a while and has great archives. Jen has a sweet heart and a lot to give!
  • The Perlman Update
    State Department family formerly in Chennai, India, who then did a year-long unaccompanied tour in Iraq. They are now on a DC tour and after that will do another unaccompanied tour (Afghanistan). She totally tells it like it is and doesn't sugar-coat what life is really like. Witty, snarky, funny and down-to-earth. Look elsewhere if you want fake. Read if you want REAL.
  • Where in the World Am I?
    State Department family formerly in Bujumbura, Burundi and now in Hyderabad, India. They just had their first baby this summer - a beautiful little girl- (there's a separate blog about this) and she also eats gluten-free (with a separate blog, also).
One of the most intriguing things about Chengdu is that it is a seamless blend of ancient and modern... all together, side by side.

Can't Live Without (non-State)

  • Crass-Pollination: An ER blog
    The best ER nurse blog EVER!
  • Doctor Grumpy in the House
    The best doctor blog EVER!
  • In Which...
    My IRL friend, a stay-at-home, homeschooling Mama of seven. Her darling daughters are, goshdarnit, probably too young to be hoped for as my future daughters-in-law.
  • The Crib Chick
    My IRL friend, a stay-at-home, homeschooling Mama of five. Hopefully two (Any two! I'm not picky!) of which are my future daughters-in-law.
  • the underwear drawer
    An anesthesiologist who is possibly the most talented & entertaining writer ever. I've read her blog ever since she started medical school. No, don't know her in real life. Wish I did.
  • The Bloggess
    This blog is both hysterically funny and hilariously irreverent. I actually let my 17 year old son read it (who loves it as much as I do!), but wouldn't even CONSIDER letting my 12 year old son read it. Which is about all the description it needs!
The grounds of Chengdu monasteries can be very, very peaceful...even though they are smack dab in the heart of a city of millions of people.
Yes, there are Starbucks in Chengdu! All over the place, in fact. So much so, Starbucks even crafted mugs for Chengdu stores!
Texan bluebonnets. Because I learned during our very first posting (Houston) that there's nothing prettier in the spring than the meadows of Texas.
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06/23/2010

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Bridget

oh, no. Another crazy shoe buyer.
These last 2 posts have been so sweet!
And THANK YOU for clueing me in to the dulce de leche cheesecake! I LOVE dulce de leche and see a visit to the CF in my very near future!!
have a nice week w/o your husband...

Connie

Happy Birthday to James :)

hannah

You are EVIL. I am trying so hard not to succumb... but you're not helping here!!

shannon

James looks happy with his shoes, and may I say excellent choice on the cake. Sounds wonderful. I may have to skip lunch one day when we are home and just have a slice of cheesecake instead.

Hannah the Fivefingers Sprint comes in some really cute colors. You should totally get some so I won't be the only girl in the club.

Jeni

crackin me up.

Emily

Happy Birthday James!! Very nice shoes. You did a great job modeling.
The cheesecake looks amazing. I haven't tried that one yet, but I am going to next time.
Good luck this week. You and the boys could always fly out here and I will entertain you while your husband is away.

Sara Roy

I want some of those! I do plan on getting them.

Jill

Woo hoo! So glad to see someone else in these shoes. :) Happy belated birthday and father's day to James... I'm quite behind on e-mail - haven't been online in days. Hope all is great with you - miss chatting... xx

Daniela

Happy Birthday to James! Totally digging the shoes. I may be springing some $$$ for them sooner than expected.

I am completely with you on gift shopping. My hubby's birthday is usually a week after Father's Day and I always go nuts looking for gifts that he'll like and that don't way much. He is in a very similar situation though because my birthday is a day or two before/after Mother's Day or on the day itself.

This year I have been thinking about experience gifts (like Tickets to Bush Gardens) or Kindle books - nothing to haul around the world. I do have a couple more days and I haven't decided yet.

TG

*grin*

FSOwannabe

Belated Happy Birthday to James! Hopefully he'll be back soon! Now I'm off to find a nearby Cheesecake Factory...

Valdysses

It's Friday, and that means that the Weekly State Department Blog Roundup is up - and you're on it!

Here is the link:

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Thanks!

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James loves me. And our sons. And his job. But not having his picture taken. In 2011 he finished up over a year and half of training, and in the fall of 2011 we got to our first overseas post - Chengdu, China!
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