Swearing in, area studies, and meeting a legend

Time is flying by and I am not doing a great job of updating this blog.  But in the last month I was sworn in as a Foreign Service Officer by Ambassador Tom Shannon (who was the acting Secretary of State while Sec. Tillerson was awaiting Senate confirmation), done area studies to include Brazilian studies…

What a first week!

So I wanted to write a post this past Sunday, before I began my first day at the Department of State.  Unfortunately, my sister called around 5 PM and said that our beloved Yorkshire Terrier, Ali, had passed away after getting into some chocolate. My sister rushed him to the veterinarian but they ultimately could…