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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Becky Watt

Awesome work Kolbi!


Thanks for coming to my birthday party. I linked you on the “Party Post”. Let me know if you would rather not participate!
Here is the link.


Great job, Kolbi. Was it easier this week with people nominating themselves/others?

It was awesome. There are some pretty great blogs out there!


this was a grrrreat roundup, your writing skills are awesome, and you were so generous in including me... thanks

Richard Saunders

The Saunders Family is happily preparing for the October A-100. We got the call a few weeks ago. Thank you so much for including us in the weekly roundup.

A Daring Adventure

Holy COW.

@ Richard Saunders- I am SO sorry that I messed that one up so badly! I must have clicked the wrong/an old link! So sorry for using you as the poster child for waiting for The Call... when you've already gotten The Call!!! I suck!!!

However, one *could* use this opportunity to tell some sort of joke like, "Well THAT didn't take too long!" or whatever. But, honestly, I'm SO sorry. Please forgive me for my mistake!

@ Emily- ABSOLUTELY it was easier this week because people were forced to nominate! A large % of the battle is combing the internet, looking for material. Also, a HUGE % of the emotional toil for me has always been trying to make completely sure that I've included everyone. For me, now, I know that if people want to be there, they'll tell me! I no longer have to worry that I'm accidentally excluding anyone. I can sleep peacefully!


See how much fun it is with you back on roundup duty?

Sara Roy

Yay! I'm so glad I did it right! That was a great roundup btw!


Please correct my email address :)

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Sorry - there is no u after q !! It's a made up word (I wanted a short email!) and, I know, the lack of a u drives people insane. But the best way to actually get an email to me is to violate the laws of spelling and forget the q rule. I suppose I am encouraging the corruption of language, but I choose to be evil in small ways, otherwise, I'm usually pretty nice.

Great round up! I'll be back to re-read, and check out your links in the morning over coffee... when I'm awake.


I have missed reading your round-ups. They are so well-written and fun to read! Great job and thank you for putting this all together.


Many thanks to whoever submitted a posting from me ... I actually didn't participate this week, so I appreciate whoever did for me. :)

Looking forward to really reading once my parents head back home - they're in town for the weekend. :)


One of the reasons that I have not done the roundup- the fear of leaving someone out. I certainly would not want to hurt anyone's feelings. I think having people nominate themselves/others really would eliminate this problem...hmmm.

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