Sworn In

With Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Kathleen Stephens, our class mentor

So, I guess it’s official! We were officially sworn in as FSO’s on Friday with Under Secretary Nick Burns doing the honors. We were happy to have John’s parents, Pete and Ginger, here for the occasion, and got the chance to introduce them to classmates during the reception beforehand. We celebrated with dinner at our favorite restaurant, Harry’s (home of a great martini).

We spent Saturday sightseeing with Pete and Ginger, doing a city tour in the morning and going to the Bodies exhibit in the afternoon (this is a cool exhibit with real human bodies – I really can’t even describe it).

I read a wonderful book last week, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. It’s a great read about a man who worked in a traveling circus during the Depression. It’s basically a love story, told via flashbacks from his current days in a nursing home.

The cats are doing well – Flavia still likes to sleep under the bed, but comes out when we are home.


With one of my favorite classmates, Marcy (Sao Paulo)

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