2013 In Review

As 2013 ended and the New Year began Tex and I reminisced about the previous year. Most years we talk about how we took a vacation or bought a new piece of furniture, but 2013 was very different.  At the very end of 2012 we both quit our jobs in preparation for joining the Foreign Service. A little over a year later it’s hard to imagine how much has changed in our lives. We took so many risks, brought our relationship into a new and stressful world, and really changed the relationships we have with other people.  I very much look forward to 2014 but I am still exhausted from 2013.

January-

We took a cruise to the Caribbean.
We moved to Falls Church, VA.
Tex started Orientation.

February-

We had our Flag Day and learned that we were moving to Taipei, Taiwan – a completely unexpected tour for us.

March-

I started taking Mandarin classes which I continue today.

April-July-

We had multiple house visitors all saying their farewells.
We finally settled into a groove in Falls Church.

July-

We took a vacation to wine country and San Francisco.
We moved to freaking Taiwan.

August-

I started interviewing for positions both at AIT and on the local market.
We received our HHE shipment (Household Effects).

September-

My security clearance began for the position of Cleared Roving Support.
We celebrated Tex’s birthday.

October-

Tex and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary in Taiwan.
We celebrated my birthday.
We took a CLO trip to the small town of Jiu Fen.

November-

We took a trip to Bangkok.
We went to our first Marine Ball.
We celebrated our first Thanksgiving abroad in Wulai.

December-

I got a job as the AITEA Store Manager.
We took a trip to the town of Yingge with some friends.
We celebrated our first Christmas abroad.