Toyota Prius road trip
June 25, 2013, 8 Comments

She sits in the lot at CarMax, her dark gray exterior even darker against the overcast winter sky in Maryland. I blink back tears, then head inside to sign her [...]

Packing for life as an expat

Goodbye, America

August 22, 2012, 24 Comments

I’m quiet on the drive to Dulles from my house. I’ve already cried saying goodbye to the pups, and now, staring out the window as the suns ...

A tuk tuk driver races down the street in Chiang Mai

‘Twas the night before Expat Life

August 13, 2012, 57 Comments

“You’re moving to Thailand?” It’s been since February when I knew my future would take me to Thailand and I would become an ex ...

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Why I will never be a T-Mobile customer again: a photo essay

July 27, 2012, 16 Comments

There are few companies I don’t like: United, PEPCO, Chik-Fil-A and T-Mobile. Why? United = horrid customer service and stupid fees that change ...

  • A radar look at the derecho storm that hit Maryland
    The failure of PEPCO
    July 24, 2012, 8 Comments

    It’s the perfect summer night to be lulled to sleep by nature. Outside my window, I can hear light rain drops plunk gently off plump green leaves. Frogs whirring their [...]

  • The woods in a Maryland backyard
    Coming home
    July 20, 2012, 11 Comments

    Pulling in to my neighborhood, I can feel my chest tighten. The trees. When did they get so big? The homes. When did they get so old? “Welcome to my [...]

  • One year later
    March 7, 2011, 10 Comments

    365 days. Wow. A lot can happen in 365 days. People can lose their job. Can find another job. Can fall in love. Can have a child. Can lose someone [...]

  • What now?
    February 21, 2011, 6 Comments

    The End. Well … not really The End. More like The Beginning of the Next Chapter. Where am I now? I am in Las Vegas. Working for a restaurant group [...]

  • Coming clean
    February 4, 2011, 8 Comments

    My head was pressed against the steering wheel as I cried into my speakers on the phone with Shane. “I just can’t do this anymore,” I sobbed. “I don’t want [...]

  • Some place with a view
    January 19, 2011, 10 Comments

    I sat in the back of Brock’s SUV, looking out into the nighttime desert landscape … flat and black, giving way to the Strip a few miles ahead of us. [...]

  • That familiar feeling
    January 9, 2011, 14 Comments

    Las Vegas. I have had a love/hate relationship with Sin City since I moved there in 2005. Back then, I was a scared mid-20s girl, trying to gracefully exit a [...]

  • Adjusting to American life
    December 19, 2010, 14 Comments

    “D, what’s wrong? You don’t look too good,” Mom said to me as we sat at the kitchen table following dinner a few days after my arrival. She was right. [...]

  • On being home
    December 11, 2010, 8 Comments

    Once we got in the car at Dulles, I was finally able to breathe … sort of. I wistfully looked out the window as trees whizzed by, comforted to be [...]