Move One, Two and Three

Move One

On Sunday D and I will be moving from our current apartment into an extended stay hotel here in Lexington. The lease is up on the 31st at the current apartment so we will be packing up the car and Winston for the relative comfort of the hotel. Hey, at least it has a pool (or so I’ve been told) and a kitchen. That’ll do.

D and I will be getting hitched! in Louisville on the 6th of August. We are planning a tiny impromptu ceremony in one of the parks in the city with around 15 of our closest friends and family. It will be a relatively low key affair. I will have a veil, bouquet, and pretty white sundress but otherwise very little fanfare. After the ceremony we will have dinner with our guests at a yet to be decided restaurant in Louisville. I am getting super duper excited. D and I got the marriage license on Tuesday and I was really happy to see that they still ask for your parent’s full name. It made me happy because I have been doing a lot of genealogy research for my family tree and marriage licenses have been very helpful. I like knowing my future family members might one day find my marriage license and it will help them build a picture of their ancestors 😀

Foreign Service Stuff

Everyone keeps asking when we are going to China so I thought I might explain a little further the process on here. Which involves explaining…

Move Two

The second move D and I will do together is the move to DC. We will be heading to DC around the second week of September. That is when D starts his A-100 class! During A-100, which is a six week intensive introduction to the Foreign Service and general diplomatic life, we will get a list called a bid list (probably around the second week). This bid list contains all the countries that have job openings and we will have to look at the list and bid on every country, deciding whether the country is a high, medium or low priority. We then will turn that list into D’s career counselor and they will discuss stuff with us and then we wait. Until the last week of A-100. One of the last days of A-100 there is a day called Flag Day. On Flag Day we find out where we are going to be sent abroad. D has worldwide availability so it could be anywhere.

Once we figure out where we are going we may leave very soon or if more language training is necessary we could be in DC another four to six months, possibly longer. Which leads to

Move Three!

The move abroad! It will involve lots of packing and sorting! I don’t have much to say about that yet but will definitely keep you posted 😀

Things are going pretty great here, I have a fat cat sleeping next to me and I can’t seem to shake the urge to constantly make rice pudding. There are definitely worse fates to be had.



Wedding Plans, Bridesmaids and Home-cooked Meals.

This has so far been a very busy and wonderful weekend for D and I. On Friday we got to spend time with one of my oldest friends and ex-roommate B and had yummy Malaysian style Indian food at one of the many fantastic restaurants here in Lexington. The Banana Leaf is definitely a restaurant to keep in mind when passing through the Lexington area. I had a half and half dosa, one half potatoes and the other half paneer. So so good. It was also great spending time with B. Most of my close friends I have not seen in a year or more due to grad school consuming my life and living far away in NYC so it is amazing that I get a chance now to catch up with everybody before we head off to DC.

This is an example of a dosa, yum yum.

On Saturday D and I went to see the movie Bridesmaids. This was my second time seeing the movie and D’s first. I loved it the first time and the second time was still just as funny. Definitely one of the funniest movies I have seen in a very long time. D enjoyed it over all but had some trouble with certain scenes. He has a really hard time watching embarrassing or gross-out humor sometimes but still loved the movie overall. Melissa McCarthy definitely stole the show.

After the movie we drove up to Louisville to have dinner with our good friends T and S. They have a beautiful one year old who I just adore showering with attention. S is going to perform our wedding ceremony on the 6th of August so we had some ceremony planning to do. We discussed with S what we hoped to get from the ceremony and how we want it to look and sound. It is very important to both of us to keep the ceremony as religion free as possible and to keep sexist or gendered language out of it. S has written up a beautiful ceremony based on what we have shared with him and I am just so pleased and excited for how it will all turn out. We are just having a tiny ceremony for now, we will be getting married in a park in Louisville surrounded by a few good friends and family. Neither of us will have particularly fancy wedding clothes although I am making myself a small birdcage veil (T provided me with some beautiful netting) to go along with my sundress 🙂

T and  S also grilled us an amazing dinner: Fresh Bluegill and Crappie (that they caught themselves!) and pineapple and veggie kebabs. YUMMMMMMM!!! They also made various delicious salads and grilled asparagus. D and I are very very lucky to have such wonderful friends 😀 and I get to be Aunty B!!! Yay!!!

And today has been pretty darn great so far too! D roasted a nice hunk of beef in the oven and I made roasted green beans (We collaborated on the mashed potatoes). Mmmmmm, very lovely Sunday dinner. Oh! and I made rice pudding for breakfast. Tonight we are having a date night at the drive-in: Captain America (D and I both are very excited for this one) and Friends with Benefits (This one looks like it should be fun). Woot! for double features! 😀

Have a lovely rest of the weekend!


From Zero to Sixty

Welcome to my blog ^__^ Mrow

Hello there!

I intend this blog as a way to keep friends and family updated on the adventures of Sir Winston S. Churchill (best cat ever), D and I.

Life has become a mess of insane goodness. June 27th, 2011 will forever stand out as a catalyst for our little family. My husband (D) got news that his dream of nearly a decade had finally come true: the foreign service offered him a place in the September A-100 class!!! Woot!

This changes everything. In the best possible way.

Over the past year I completed a Master’s of Arts in teaching (secondary ELA) in NYC and after graduation in early June I had begun the depressing search for work. Between hiring freezes and a bevy of competition the search was rather grim. This new adventure allows me a little more flexibility and a whole lot less stress about finding a teaching job RIGHT NOW AHHHHH!!! Which is great because it means that I can be a bit pickier about sending my resume out rather than doing the typical apply to fifty job openings and hope that two email me back. It also helps that my partner is so ecstatic about the new job that allows such a privilege. The short term job search, however, is still very much in progress and perhaps gaining a few more miscellaneous certifications.

I hope to find work teaching ESL courses in whatever country we happen to be posted but there is a good chance we will go to China since D has Mandarin as a critical language. Teaching English in China should be very do-able, we shall see (fingers crossed!).

So, other than obsessively scouring all the other FSO and EFM*  blogs out there, all we have to do now is enjoy our time left in Kentucky with family and friends and continue to prepare for the move to DC.

*EFM stands for Eligible Family Member (Me!), which means I am eligible to travel with D


Sir Winston (or Winnie as he is affectionately known by many 🙂 ), my very fat cat, is the namesake of this blog and we all hope you enjoy following his travels as he becomes an international kitty.

Sir Winston’s Story

I adopted Winnie from the NYC ASPCA on September 9th, 2010. I had just begun my masters degree roughly two weeks after receiving my undergraduate degree in literature studies. The move to upstate NY for the summer  quarter and NYC for the fall quarter  was far far away from my sweetheart, friends and family (who all primarily live in KY and VA). I decided that if I was going to survive this year I needed a feline companion and I wanted to adopt a rescue cat. As is in my nature, I scoured the ASPCA website and looked at the cats available and decided on at least three that I would love to meet and perhaps adopt. However when I actually went to the ASPCA and toured the adoptable cats it was Winston, this shy and scared four year old cat who won my heart.

He had been in the shelter for five months, a very long stay for most cats. The lady at the shelter told me that he had a very hard life before he came to them and was missing a few of his teeth but otherwise he was in good health. Even on the first day I could see the potential sweetness despite the obvious distrust and fear he exhibited. He allowed me to pet him and the woman at the shelter said this was quite amazing as he normally would have nothing to do with strangers, his fear overwhelming any desire for affection. She assured me that once he trusted a person he was very loving. I knew I had found my companion and that Winnie would have a forever home with me. We would be misfits in this crazy city together and we were. He definitely helped me get through a very tough academic program and now he will travel the world with my husband and I. I decided to name him after Sir Winston Churchill because I felt he deserved a name that spoke of dignity and strength, qualities which he had shown in his ability to trust and love despite most likely experiencing some of the worst aspects of the world.

Well I think I have rambled on enough for the first post. I will try to post often although I am new to the blogging world. Beware, this blog will contain many many pictures of my adorable cat and whatever culinary creation I have whipped up at the moment as well as Foreign Service related happenings. If that isn’t your cup of tea, well, you have been warned 🙂