About the muser update IV:
This one is long overdue. Since update #3, I moved to Caracas, which was an amazingly beautiful city to live in, was sent packing by the corrupt government there, and spend six months in temporary housing in Washington D.C. I am now settled (for a few years!) in Arlington, VA, with views of the Pentagon and Air Force Memorial from my balcony.
About the muser update III:
My bags are once again unpacked, this time in Washington, D.C. I’ll be in our nation’s capital until summer 2018, at which time it’s off to Caracas, Venezuela.
For now, I’ve spent a lot of time revamping In Search of the End of the Sidewalk to focus more on book reviews, as the only thing I love as much as traveling is recommending the perfect book to someone! To this end, I scoured eBay and bought a beautiful blue typewriter, which I love and I am sure my apartment-dwelling neighbors hate. At least twice a week (Mondays and Fridays, with an occasional bonus Saturday when I get behind), I’ll be posting Card Catalog Reviews. These are mini-reviews typed up on actual library card catalog cards and then posted to the site. I try to include a book cover for reference (I’m very much a visual learner, so I’d go looking for a specific cover in the bookstore, even if I couldn’t remember the author or title), the review itself, and then a link to where you can purchase it (usually Amazon, because it is easy and I love my Prime.)
I am hoping to team up with some libraries to expand the Card Catalog Reviews in creative ways- displays on their end, recommendations/discussions on mine. If you are a librarian, I’d love to hear from you!
Wednesday are still Wordless Wednesday- just a photograph of something going on in my life.
While I am Stateside, traveling is tamed down a bit, but when I do have a great travelogue to post, those will go up on Saturday/Sundays. As always, adventure calls!
And, once again, just a brief reminder that this blog is mine and mine alone. It does not reflect State Department opinions or policies.
About the muser update II:
Once again, we are in a new land, exploring new sidewalks. (Although just as often non-existent, these tend to be broken and bumpy, in stark contrast with the brightly lit skyscrapers and endless array of restaurants.) I will call Kuala Lumpur home for the next two years. Currently, I am still unemployed (never given an interview for one job, passed over for another and waiting to hear about an active application), but looking on the bright side, that means I have more time for meandering and musing.
Again, just a brief reminder that this blog is mine and mine alone. It does not reflect State Department opinions or policies
About the user update:
We are now settled and working in Chengdu, China. As this sidewalk we trek turns in a new direction, I will continue to write about the adventures this nomadic lifestyle brings.
Also, just a brief reminder that this blog is mine and mine alone. It does not reflect State Department opinions or policies.
In Search of Where the Sidewalk Ends is my attempt to record both the extraordinary and mundane events of life as the spouse of a Foreign Service officer.
Before becoming an “EFM” (Foreign Service code for spouse/children), I worked in Marsing, Idaho as an 8th grade English and reading teacher. I taught there starting in 2000, right after graduating from BYU with a major in English teaching and a minor in Spanish teaching. I took a two-year leave of absence from 2006-2008 so that Thad and I could join the Peace Corps. We served as PCVs in Gansu, China during that time, after which I returned to Marsing for several more years until resigning in the spring of 2011.
The most common question that I have been asked as we prepared for the move from Idaho to Washington DC is “What are you going to do?” Thad’s career is pretty laid out, but mine is in a much more unknown state at this point. Until we know where Thad’s first tour is going to be, my answer to that question is, “Take my well-earned summer vacation!” Once we have a bit more detail about where we are headed and when, I can start to make plans for my own career.
For now, I am blogging, enjoying a bedroom view of the Washington Monument and wandering Crystal City, finding those wonderful sidewalk endings!