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“Elle” 2018 Capricorn Horoscope

I’ve always found horoscopes to be entertaining. I’ve never planned my life around them, but it’s usually fun to look at them after the fact and see how many predicted things actually happened. The ones from Elle magazine are a favorite…those and the little scrolls from 7-Eleven. And I must say that their annual prediction for 2018 has been startling accurate so far. I’ve italicized the interesting parts…and included their Wonder Woman gif because it’s awesome. 🙂


“This is a major moment in your personal history, Capricorn. Your ruling planet, Saturn, has returned to your sign for the first time since 1991, marking the closure of a long cycle and the start of a new one that will span the next 30 years. Hosting the taskmaster planet isn’t the easiest, TBH. Outmoded structures will collapse—from relationships that have passed their prime to a job you’ve outgrown to habits and beliefs that no longer serve you. This reinvention tour will last until December 2020, so you’ve got the next three years to tear down and rebuild your identity. You’ll emerge a leaner, stronger and more authentic version of yourself—provided you pay Saturn’s dues and do the hard work of self-reflection.

“Luckily, you could find a tribe of people who will hold you accountable and inspire you to think outside the box. Until November 8, 2018, expansive Jupiter will be in Scorpio and your teamwork house, drawing you out of hermit mode and sparking fruitful new collaborations. Your social circle could triple in size and reach (both IRL and online, as the eleventh house rules technology). With multicultural ambassador Jupiter at the helm, you could team up with people from diverse backgrounds, both for friendship and world-bettering causes.

“One special person might rise above the fray this summer, when a July 12 solar eclipse in Cancer whooshes into your committed relationship house. Stay tuned for unexpected developments with both love and business over the coming six months. For couples, this could be a moment to renew vows or make things official, whether with a ring or some formal gesture of togetherness. Your finances and living situation could also go through big shifts thanks to four game-changing eclipses on the Leo/Aquarius axis in January, February, July and August. You might change jobs, buy or sell property or get involved in a lucrative joint venture. Eclipses can bring surprise endings and beginnings, so if a source of income or emotional support is “eclipsed” away, rest assured that a new one will soon be coming in.”


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Happy Mother’s Day!

Donald Frady Park in Falls Church, VA.

This was my first Mother’s Day as a single mom, so I was very happy to spend part of the day with my lovely friend VK and her family. My son adores her two children, so it’s always extra nice to spend time with them because the kids are happy, and we get some girl time. 🙂

The day got off to a bit of a rough start though. Our dog started whining urgently around 6:30am. I figured he had to go to the bathroom, but I didn’t want to take him outside quite so early. And I really wanted him to use the new Porch Potty that I’d purchased for him. He’d peed on it successfully when we first got it but then hadn’t touched it the rest of the week.

So I opened the patio door and went back to bed. I prepared myself mentally for that the fact that one of two things was going to happen: either he was going to use the potty, or he was going to crap on the living room floor, and I’ll have to clean it up. I resolved not to get cranky if he did the latter, which is good, because that’s exactly what he did. I was fairly disappointed though. Why had I bought this thing if he wasn’t going to use it?

I’m now considering Plan D, which is to start coming home on my lunch break to let him out. Although, in retrospect, he’s rarely had an accident when we’re not home. It’s usually in the middle of the night or early in the morning when he’s not feeling well. But still he clearly needs more opportunities, and I hate leaving him alone all day. I have vowed to myself that our next post will be one where the housing has YARDS available.

After I cleaned up the living room, we had a quiet breakfast, enjoyed our free Sunday donuts from the apartment clubhouse, and then we managed to make it to church for the first time. We’d never really gone while we were overseas, but it was something I’d been wanting to do after things calmed down a little, and we could incorporate it into our weekly routine.

Falls Church, as its name suggests, has many lovely churches, and I enjoyed the one we went to. My son chose to stay with me rather than join the children’s program. He kept saying it was because he was shy, which he’s not, but I wasn’t going to push him. And he managed to stay somewhat calm and quiet through the entire service, which was a miracle in itself. Afterward he said it was because he didn’t want to leave me sitting alone on Mother’s Day. Aw, what a sweetheart! If I do say so myself.

From there we spent the afternoon at VK’s. The kids got to play, and we got to chat and wander around the neighborhood. We checked out their annual spring street fair, which was a little quiet due to inclement weather. But I’m happy not to be in crowds, and they had ice cream and a cake walk. 🙂 (We had done a bit of wandering around our own neighborhood the previous day and found a beautiful Victorian park in the middle of town that reminded me of London.)

Unfortunately A developed a migraine by the end of the day and ended up vomiting into a zip lock bag on the way to the car. But he napped in the car, rested a bit once we got home and was fine by bedtime.

So Mother’s Day was a bit like our life at the moment: a bit messy in parts but mostly positive with some good friends and quality time. I was thrilled that he still came home from school with a handmade Mother’s Day card, and I even managed to score a couple of roses. As far as I was concerned, it was perfect. 🙂

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Bittersweet Milestone

Today is the 10-year-anniversary of my marriage. I’m not quite sure how I feel about that since my husband and I separated in January. This is the first time in 10 years that we will not be together on our special day. When you walk down that aisle and imagine your future together, you never think this is where things are going to end up.

I’m not going to use this as a platform to vent about it as the whole situation is just overwhelmingly sad for our whole family. But unfortunately it is the right thing as well. I only mention it here because this is a blog about our life in the Foreign Service. If the structure of that life changes then so does the blog and what and how I write about it.

So I will take this moment and simply reflect on the good times we had over the last 10 years. And we will see where things go from here.

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They’ve Gone to Plaid!

Sorry, I couldn’t help it. I was trying to find a new theme in preparation for London, but I couldn’t find anything I liked. Somehow I ended up looking at Scottish tartans and came across this one. I LOVE this pattern. It is one of my favorites and has been since I was in high school and used it to cover the backboard of my desk (our desks were partitioned and faced the wall). This particular pattern is called the Royal Stuart Plaid. Perfect, eh? 🙂