Welcome to my blog. I write about fitting in, sticking out, and missing the motherland as a serial foreigner.

November 14th, outsourced

I am an instant fan of this series: Women Rejecting Marriage Proposals in Western Art History (language warning late in the post).

Here is a beautiful language family tree representation.

You will probably enjoy Life as a Fake Beauty Queen in Small-town China. (The article, not the life).

Eight things that were better in East Germany (NOT).

It is a fact that I break into snort-giggles every time I remember certain lines from this Serial parody podcast (youtube, but it's all audio, not video). My favorite line (highlight to reveal so I don't ruin the joke): "Where was *I* 15 years ago? Did *I* kill Hae? My confession: next week, on Serial."

I've always wanted to hear more about Dieter Uchtdorf's experience in Germany, so I was glad to read this article.

This article (women with children are more productive than anyone else) deserves more discussion than perhaps I can give it here. But it's interesting and Jon Stewart's analogy about after-school soccer practice totally rings true for me.

I don't even really know what is going on here but it involves pandas and it is adorable.

Dwight Schrute quotes as motivational posters. YES.

This house looks great. UNTIL PHOTO #3. [HT Liz]

I appreciate Stephen Starr's slice-of-life-in-war-torn-Syria articles. We can hear the big news from every other outlet; for those of us who used to live there, it's the more mundane war-time stories that are most interesting. This one is about car trouble during the civil war there.

In case you're feeling pretty good about the world, here is a list of awesome places that you will probably never see, due to unrest. I had the chance to go to a few of these places, but it will be years before the chance comes again, if ever. [HT Carolyn]

Naturally fair underarms