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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I've had a sandwich from that Subway and it did have bacon on it. But, they put it in their little flash bake toaster oven type thing which I would imagine cooks it at least to a certain extent.

Anyway, it tasted fine and didn't kill me. ;-)

A Daring Adventure

And we are all glad that it didn't kill you yet, 7, because life on this earth is much better with you here.

And just for the record I would like to point out that the little warmer thing warms for upwards of 20-40 seconds, max. Hardly enough time to kill anything icky that lives on/in raw bacon. And I would also like to point out that using the warmer thing after the sandwich is built is OPTIONAL and that not all people choose to use it. I have seen raw bacon sandwiches without the application of said warmer thing be given to customers. FREAKS. ME. OUT.

Can you please quit eating raw bacon sandwiches, 7? For our whole family is fond of you. Don't make me have to do some sort of raw bacon intervention on you or something.


You can get (and probably will get) the Trichina worm from undercooked bacon. This is not something you want, as it/they could be in your blood stream for years. One can only imagine how seriously anyone could be infected after eating raw bacon. I can't even think about it. NO! BAD! WRONG! And don't go to that restaurant anymore because if you see anybody eating it you might have to knock the sandwich out of their hands, and then somebody might put you in jail for being a crazy person. The restaurant people would probably even testify against you. It's for darn sure they wouldn't want you there anymore. How about some nice, chocolate-covered grasshoppers instead? Yeah, that's better.


Not only that, but how do you know that when they were slicing the ham, cheese, and turkey, that they didn't use the same knife to cut the bacon and bread? And why wouldn't they?

Jennifer Curby

Hi Kolbi

I can't even begin to imagine how anyone could eat raw bacon....yuk.

I hope all is well. I love reading your blogs. They make me smile.

Has Matthew decided where he is going to go to college?

I think of you often,


Nomads By Nature

I think I just threw up in my mouth.


I don't know. I just think we probably have bigger pork problems to worry about:


At least it was not dog or cat meat! I was holding my breath afraid you'd be saying it was! Bleck! That's nasty. Almost as nasty as when my little girls play chef and make something really gross and want me to "taste it!" Gag! Soon you will be somewhere with cleaner air and live tweeting birds! Prayers for you!!!


That actually sounds delicious, believe it or not. Actually, were this virtually anywhere but China, I wouldn't care too much, given that the trichinosis prevalence in most countries (including the US) is laughably low. China's, however, is comparatively high.

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