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Well, thanks to a gracious Ambassador, I am writing this post on our Monday off from work.  To be followed tomorrow by our Tuesday off from work!  The four day weekend was much needed, and Andrew and I have been using the time to both be incredibly productive and utterly useless at the same time :)

Saturday night was NYE, as most of you know.  We celebrated pretty low key since we did Xmas out of town and I am leaving in a week for TDY.  The evening began at the Quinzios.  Mike and Sarah nicely hosted us, and Mike wowed us with his spectacular drink mixing skills.  I was pretty impressed by the coupling of herbs and tamarind.  I do have to admit though, starting off the evening with hard liquor was not the greatest idea.

Mike in his element



We continued on to the Wine Pub at the Pullman Hotel.  The tapas restaurant offers all you can eat tapas and a bottle of wine (each) for close to $45.  The tapas is really good and the wine is pretty good, too.  We had dinner with Marcus & Emilie, who unfortunately are headed back to the States.  That is certainly the interesting part about the Foreign service.  You are constantly meeting new people and saying good bye to friends.  I am sure this is another part of the "lifestyle" I will have to get used to.






We spent the end of the evening, after polishing off 3 bottles of wine, on the rooftop of our building watching fireworks and ringing in the New Year. Overall, it was a great night.  I did miss the Times Square ball drop and lobster, but Andrew and I are working hard at making new traditions and making new memories.  The next day was spent on the couch "recovering."

As for resolutions, this year I have committed to: 1) Be more patient and have patience for others 2) Keep in better touch with the friends and family who I love and cherish! 3) Stop letting the little things bother me so much 4) Love unconditionally!

7 comments:

  1. Dick Clark IS still alive

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  2. Here's to new traditions, making new memories and cherishing the people that come in and out of your lives!

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  3. Oh hey, I know Sarah! She was my husband's A-100 classmate and also the very first flag to appear on Flag Day (Bangkok was also one of our highs).

    We'll be in Bangkok in a week (with my parents), and I'm still trying to figure out where to go!

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  4. Wishing you both a joyful New Year, even though it's two weeks since the holiday. Hope you and Andrew didn't need too long to recover from the wine. Enjoy and cherish your wonderful experiences in Thailand, and anywhere else your lives take you. A very elderly cousin from Andrew's side of the family recently passed on. He and his wife traveled all over the world. In their old home they kept a world map in which they stuck a tack in every place they visited. There were many, many tacks. May you both accumulate as many wonderful memories in as many places as they did.

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    1. Teri, do you have a picture of that map? I'd love to see it. Whitney's parents just sent us one of our own!

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  5. Unfortunately, I don't. Your grandmother might know about it. It was cousin Joe, Fred's brother, who recently died. His widow, Fran, lives in upstate New York. She is in her nineties. Are there many tacks in the map from Whitney's parents?

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    1. I'll have to ask her. And I remember Joe quite well. We have quite a few pins in - a growing amount really - but are waiting for some different colors to arrive in the mail.

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