Archive for November, 2018


Sunday, November 18th, 2018

Field Museum

John and I flew to Chicago last Saturday for what was probably the most fun wedding I’ve been to – one of “my guys” from Islamabad, Brett, got married, and we were delighted to be invited to the celebration.  We stayed at the lovely Palmer House, an old historic hotel not far from Michigan Avenue.  Saturday night was happy hour for wedding guests at the hotel lobby bar, so we got to catch up with some of our old Islamabad friends; I was also happy to finally meet Brett’s family.  The thing that made the wedding so fun (aside from the fact I really like the couple) was the venue – the Field Museum. We had the entire place to ourselves and were free to wander around all night – a little spooky! The ceremony, dinner, and dance were all in the main hall with a huge dinosaur skeleton looming over us – so fun!

With the groom

Field Museum

Wow – what a fun wedding!

Love the wedding theme

The bride making her entrance

We spent Saturday at the Shedd Aquarium and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We walked home along the lake – it was cold, but nice and sunny.  Click to see all of our Chicago pictures.

Shedd Aquarium

Shedd Aquarium

Love the detail of the lights…squid arms!

Chicago art

The Egg in Chicaco

We got home Monday night, and I left the next morning for Belize to work. I enjoy going down there – for one thing, I missed the DC snow (!), and I also really like the people in the consular section. The chief and I went to dinner the night I arrived, and I went to dinner the next night with an A100 colleague who’s working there. We ended the week with happy hour with several folks Friday night, and I flew home Saturday, an all-day ordeal (it’s so close on the map, yet it was a 14-hour travel day).






Happy birthday, John!

Sunday, November 11th, 2018

Happy birthday, John!

We celebrated John’s #55 by hosting a dozen friends for an evening of cooking at Culinaire last Sunday night, the cooking school John’s been attending. We really had a blast and made a delicious dinner! It was a really good evening with friends – Rick & Claire, Jimmi, Thomas, Sarah & Aaron, Nick & Wendy, Scott & Tammy, and Ben & Angela. We made a wonderful little gem and avocado salad, grilled steaks with bleu cheese sauce,  potatoes au gratin, and pavlova – yum!

Click to see all of our pictures. Happy birthday, John!

Tammy and Scott

With Aaron

Jimmi, Claire, Rick

Nick and Wendy

Ben and Angela

Sarah and the birthday boy



Halloween in Uruguay

Sunday, November 4th, 2018


I left last Sunday afternoon for an overnight flight to Montevideo, Uruguay.  Lucky for me, it was Halloween at the embassy on Wednesday, so I got to see the festivities – they really go all out there – all the sections decorated and dressed up, then employees’ children came through for candy.  Lots of fun!

Consular section’s Day of the Dead altar

With Leslie

Consular section theme

I had a fast, but good, trip to the consular section – I was in the office for three days before coming back on the Thursday night overnight flight.  I didn’t get out a lot while I was there – just walked around the neighborhood some, but otherwise stayed in (one night was chilly and rainy).  It’s such a beautiful city.

Lovely Montevideo

My favorite boulevard along the golf course


Sunrise over the river

Yesterday I went to Georgetown to see a morning showing of “A Star is Born” (again), then replenished our oil and vinegar supply at my favorite store (we’ve been using a lot of garlic-infused olive oil for roasting veggies).  It was a crisp, beautiful fall day!