Suriname

January 21st, 2018
Canal living, Paramaribo

Canal living, Paramaribo

I left town at the crack o’ dawn Monday morning to go to Suriname. It’s not easy to get there…D.C. to Miami to Trinidad to there. I left the apartment at 4AM on the holiday and arrived at the hotel in Suriname at 1AM the next morning. My boss Ian went with me on this trip and we had a great time together. He’s funny and smart, and we laughed a lot – plus I learned a lot, as well.

I flew back to D.C. on Saturday, and arrived in the late afternoon (after the government shutdown). John took me out for a nice dinner at District Commons. This morning we walked over to Georgetown for a morning movie – “Phantom Thread.” It was wonderful – one of the few movies I’ve seen where I immediately wanted to watch it again.

I spent the rest of the day making soup and relaxing. The temps hit 60 degrees today – it felt like spring outside!

Click here to see my photos from Suriname!

Walking to plane, Suriname.

Walking to plane, Suriname.

Thawing out

January 14th, 2018
Washington Circle, on my way to work

Washington Circle, on my way to work

D.C. thawed out a bit this week, and even got up in the 60s on Friday! We’re supposed to be back in the teens tomorrow, so it is still winter!

 

 

Thomas, John, and Adrian

Thomas, John, and Adrian

John’s work friends Thomas and Adrian came over on Tuesday night – we cooked burgers and generally had a good time. They are such nice guys!

I had coffee this week with Mamie from Islamabad. She was a big supporter of the C’Attaches there, and I was happy to see her as she passed through town. She works with the Army Corps of Engineers on her way to help rehab a dam for a foreign partner. What a smart and nice woman.

John and I went to see one of his idols Friday night, Sam Harris. He was interviewing Andrew Sullivan and David Frum – interesting! We went out to dinner beforehand at a Brazilian steakhouse that we enjoyed.

Happy birthday this week to the best mother-in-law, Ginger! I hope you had a great day. Also this week would have been my father’s 94th birthday.

Flavia helping John with War College studying

Flavia helping John with War College studying

Happy New Year 2018!

January 7th, 2018
Flavie enjoying the sun

Flavie enjoying the sun

John and I rang in the new year by staying out till dawn dancing – oh wait, no we didn’t! I had a 4:00 AM taxi call on New Year’s Day, so I’m sorry to say we were in bed early and did not paint the town red, haha! Our friend Brian was in town from Guayaquil, and he came over to visit in the afternoon – I loved getting to catch up with him – what a nice guy!

I headed off to Belmopan, Belize, on New Year’s Day. The airports were easy to navigate, thank goodness, and my flights were without incident. I arrived in Belize City, and the host from my B&B drove me the 1.5 hours from the airport to the capital, Belmopan. Belmopan is under-developed, to say the least. There is one (count ‘em, one) traffic light in the town, no hotels, and no grocery stores to speak of. I stayed at a very unassuming B&B where you very much felt like you were a welcomed guest in someone’s home. I walked to the Embassy each morning, and enjoyed working with the staff there.

Laundry, Belize

Laundry, Belize

Police station, Belize

Police station, Belize

Belmopan - coconuts and restroom

Belmopan – coconuts and restroom

My A-100 classmate Paul and his husband Bruno had me over for dinner on Wednesday night. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and Paul was generous with his fabulous South African wine he served (he was previously posted there) – and Bruno cooked a wonderful meal.

Thursday night, the consular chief Yomaris took me to dinner at a nice outdoor restaurant with a lovely view of the city. She is just a doll, and I loved working with her all week.

I got home a little after midnight on Friday night. Saturday evening John and I met Christie (our friend from Hendrix) for dinner at our favorite restaurant, RT’s in Alexandria. From there, John and I went to a poker party at Marcus and Simone’s house where I discovered that I like to play poker! Happy birthday, Marcus! I especially enjoyed visiting with Sarah and Aaron, too – as always!

This evening we went to dinner in Georgetown with our good friend Jimmi at a little Mexican restaurant. I always enjoy visiting with her and hearing about her latest adventures!

Click to see all of my photos from Belize.

OMG it’s so cold

December 31st, 2017

One morning this week, it was 12 degrees on my walk to work, and the rest of the week wasn’t much better. It felt like daggars hitting your face – ouch!

John and I braved the weather this morning and walked to Georgetown for a 9:30 AM showing of “The Post.” Wow – it was wonderful! And we watch “Dunkirk” tonight – two great movies to end 2017.

We had a wonderful Christmas Day with old friends from Hendrix. We went to Neil and Emma Wilson’s house for the best meal I had in 2017. Neil is a chef (darn the luck!) and he and Emma were the best hosts! Christie – another Hendrix alumni – was there, along with another smart and charming couple, Julia and Richard. Thank you, Neil and Emma!!!

At the Wilsons

At the Wilsons

Christie invited us to a pre-New Year’s Eve party on Saturday night, and we had a lovely time there with her, her dad, and her friends from work and church. Her neighbor was also there, gold star father Mr. Khan, who is an author and attorney – best known for his not-so-friendly back-and-forth with the President. We found him to be smart, humble, polite, and interesting, and it was quite the honor to meet and visit with him.

I took Tuesday and Wednesday off from work. On Tuesday I bundled up and went to the Freer-Sackler Museum on the Mall to see an Egyptian feline exhibit. Afterward, I went to Main State to meet John, Aaron, and Sarah – we went to a delicious Geogian restaurant, Supra, where we had a great meal and enjoyed visiting.

Thursday night we were invited to Juan and Gloria’s house in Virginia. We worked together our first tour in Juarez. They are just delightful, and we really enjoyed catching up with them and seeing their kids all grown up – they were so small when we were in Juarez!

With the Andreus

With the Andreus

Friday night John took me to see “Les Miserables” at the National Theatre – it was an excellent production and we’re still singing songs from it!

This was a great week to close out 2017! Can’t wait to see what 2018 brings!

Holidays in D.C.

December 24th, 2017
National Christmas Tree

National Christmas Tree

John and I got in the Christmas spirit a bit this week. Friday evening we had a nice steak dinner at the Hamilton, then walked over to see the National Christmas Tree – lots of folks were out enjoying the sights. All of the buildings look so pretty at night with the garland and wreaths!

White House

White House

I really enjoyed Pamela’s visit this week! We chilled on Monday and watched the rest of “Handmaid’s Tale,” and on Tuesday we went to the Phillips Collection. They had a special exhibit of Renoir’s “The Boating Party.” It was a beautiful gallery, and I also enjoyed getting to see my favorite Georgia O’Keefe painting, “Taos Church.” Tuesday night, one of Pam’s former student workers came over for a visit.

With Muffy

With Muffy

Pam left early Wednesday morning, so it was back to work for me. I had a fun lunch on Thursday with Pamela B., Tammy, Lisa, and Jenny at Tonic. Those girls are so funny and smart, and really make me laugh.

Yesterday was a bit rainy and blustery, but I braved the elements to go to the Renwick Gallery. I saw their permanent collection, plus a very interesting exhibit of diorama crime scenes, made in the 1940s by the first woman police chief in the country in her effort to train police on the proper way to work a crime scene. Oddly enough, she was also the heiress to the International Harvester fortune. It was fascinating!

John and I walked over to Georgetown this morning for a 9AM showing of “The Last Jedi” – it was lots of fun! We stopped for a bite to eat on the way home. It’s cold out!

With my favorite O’Keefe

With my favorite O’Keefe