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East Bay, CA
Interests: Walking, writing, my family, travel, anything expat.
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as it has already been five weeks and several hours since our plane touched down at the airport in Ankara. After 24 hours of traveling, we had arrived. Two parents, two kids, two cats, one dog, and a boatload of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2016 at The Dinoia Family
into a hotel in downtown "x"... It's the last night before Cait goes to school.We are squeezed into a studio suite with Cait and her stuff...all of the items she packed up three months ago (and a few items thrown... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2016 at The Dinoia Family
For a variety of reasons, being it anything from lack of strong internet to lack of a computer, I have been absent in my writing. Oh, sure, I've written plenty in my head, but does it count if you don't... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at The Dinoia Family
in a good way. As some of you know, we were still in the midst of the bidding process. There was a rumor afloat that we might hear something today, but one never knows, right? Well, now we do. We... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2015 at The Dinoia Family
I'm still here. Since the first injection went relatively well, and actually seemed to work (numbness decreased, my ability to move without pain increased), I went through with the second per my earlier post. When originally planning the second, there... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2015 at The Dinoia Family
I will be in the DC area until at least December 10th after discussions with the powers that be (doctors, MED, etc.). I can say that I while I was initially nervous and stressed about the medevac, I think after... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2015 at The Dinoia Family
hopeful. So, I'm back. Well, here in the DC area on medevac. As mentioned previously, I've had a back issue since October 3rd (that went haywire on October 12th) and I'm here trying to figure the whole thing out. I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2015 at The Dinoia Family
I am regaling one with tales of yet another fantastic trip to Somoto Canyon. We discovered it for the first time in early November of 2013, and had a return trip last November. Being that it is officially Nick's favorite... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2015 at The Dinoia Family
I was holed up in a labor and delivery room in Alexandria Inova Hospital with Peter, thinking that labor would never really get going, even with a little assistance (yes, induced for very good medical reasons). Little did I know... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at The Dinoia Family
off in the bus for the beginning of... first grade? Senior year starts today and yet it seems like she was just boarding the big, yellow bus for the very first time.... (Insert parent fail, can't find Second Grade first... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at The Dinoia Family
The joy of being overseas during some federal holidays is that sometimes one can have the opportunity to celebrate them more than once. The 4th of July happens to be one of those special days. This year we've had a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at The Dinoia Family
How we are happy to see you again...while it seems like I was only just here with Cait for her brief college tour in February (I will write about it at some point), and Peter was only in the States... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2015 at The Dinoia Family
turning 13 with a fabulous fun and friend filled party. Nothing crazy, just 15 of your nearest and dearest over for a swim and pizza party, followed by an amazing cake (and cupcakes courtesy of a friend). Even more fun... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2015 at The Dinoia Family
It's simply what it feels like here to me...every day is warm and sunny, some more so than others, some days have windy evenings, but in the end I am perpetually seasonally confused and everything is...August. This is not entirely... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at The Dinoia Family
the newly minted 7 year old? Hard to believe it's been so long since the little guy arrived on that snowy February evening in Reykjavik. Even harder to believe is that it has been nearly 7 years since we left... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at The Dinoia Family
About *that.*. You know...that of which I no longer speak as that would take me back to a time of fear, uncertainty and confusion. Today was my final doctor's appointment with the surgeon. I had the 'gram earlier this week... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at The Dinoia Family
was a laidback and casual affair for the most part in our household. We did have a bit of rushing around on Christmas Eve (had to pick up the smoked ham that had been sent from the BBQ place near... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2015 at The Dinoia Family
Peter assisting with the pinata.... Yesterday, we had an opportunity to participate in a family service project. I have been trying to find one for a long time, and bounced many ideas back and forth. My office ended up coming... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2014 at The Dinoia Family
Before..... or 2.64 miles according to Pete's GPS, but if the shirt says 5K, I'm fine with that. Yes, today we *ran* our first 5K here. I'm not sure when Pete last ran one, but my official recent race (not... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at The Dinoia Family
You know when you have those places that just get to visit them and they somehow just sort of take hold of you? Somoto Canyon has become that place for our family. If you remember Nick's thoughts from a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at The Dinoia Family
is one of our favorite holidays, even when overseas. Some might think it's not widely celebrated overseas, but every post we have been at has had enjoyed festivities involving the embassy and local expat community. It's no exception in Managua,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at The Dinoia Family
when you climb too close to the edge of a volcano. As you may recall, the family visited Volcan Masaya nearly a year ago in an attempt to get a few cool volcano pics. Unfortunately, we didn't get a chance... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at The Dinoia Family
A few weeks ago we had the opportunity (at long last) to visit the Flor de Caña factory in Chichigalpa. In my mind, it was a much longer drive, but the reality is that even with traffic, we are a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at The Dinoia Family
Today's Friday Fun is courtesy of a foreign body stubbornly inserting itself in my heel and refusing to be plucked out. A few weeks ago, I was walking around in our den and felt a sharp stab in my left... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at The Dinoia Family
Nick still offers them, but I don't remember them all. I try to file them away in my head, occasionally note on Facebook, or blog them, when I need to just write them down somewhere... Today was one of those... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at The Dinoia Family