Our Visit to the National Arboretum

Visiting the National Arboretum

One of the most exciting things about our move to Northern Virginia is that some of the greatest arts, cultural, and historical sites in America are in the District of Columbia. Although we’ve been hard at work unpacking boxes and renovating part of our new house, we managed to sneak out … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Visiting the N Seoul Tower

I arrived in Korea on Friday afternoon at around 3:30, after a 2.5-hour flight from Taipei. I left my apartment at 8:30 that morning, and I got into the city of Seoul at about 6:30 that night. The Taipei International Airport is nothing fancy…I had assumed I could find coffee … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Food Allergies Abroad

Strange Chanting When I got off the MRT at work and started into the alley between the station and JPG, I started to hear chanting. Strange chanting…non-rhythmic and mysterious. Almost scary in the overtones and chords being sung. Unnatural to say nothing of the deep and throaty sounds coming from … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Learning to Be Still

…My days are filling up quickly without me forcing more things into them, and yet I keep thinking of all the things I want to do with myself. I want to study more, get to the gym more regularly, be more relaxed at work, and get to sleep earlier. I … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Along a Dusty Trail


…On my desk at work is a photo of me with my lifelong friend Travis, walking arm in arm along a dusty trail. You cannot see where the trail is leading us, and I can’t remember… It’s a photograph of myself from a time I’ve already lived, and yet I … Continue reading

Three Little Digits

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In my four years married to a soldier, I’ve come to peace with my lack of influence on many of the decisions that are made for our family, while I’ve also learned to appreciate the many other — though sometimes less consequential — areas of our lives where I do … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Total Sensory Overload

Melissa's Very First Day as an Expat in Taiwan from www.MilliGFunk.com

It’s exactly homesickness that I’m feeling right now. It’s something I haven’t really experienced before. It’s total emotional and sensory overload. It’s a sudden realization that things are foreign to me cannot remain foreign. It’s like that critical moment after an organ transplant when the doctors are waiting to see … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday June 9

MilliGFunk in Taipei

For more than a week I’ve been on a mission to find a tea that I actually like. I’m not talking about hot teas, but about bottled chilled teas sold in convenience stores. Today I found an apple tea (ping cha) that I like. Mission accomplished. I’ve come to really … Continue reading

Going with the Flow Through Life Changes

Going with the Flow through Life Changes

A Guest Post By SpouseLink.org Editor Cathleen Karlsson Going with the Flow through Life Changes Life is all about change — including learning how to cope with it in a healthy way — from to entering a life in the military to making your way through college, to becoming a new … Continue reading

Why I’m Glad I Stayed Active Through My Pregnancy

MilliGFunk at Edelweiss Resort in Garmisch, Germany

Photo: Me, Two Weeks Postpartum, wearing FittaMamma activewear Back to Blogging After Baby Leave! Hi again, friends! Baby Boy was born six weeks ago, and I’m ready to ease my way back into blogging again. Today I want to tell you a little bit about what’s happened in our lives … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday June 2

MilliGFunk in Taipei

I have a bike now, and am mentally composing my guide to riding a bicycle in Taipei, subtitled “1000 ways to die on your bike.” : ) Between it and the five flights of steps to my apartment, I’m gonna have some dead sexy legs by the time I leave … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday May 26

Making New Friends in Taipei on MilliGFunk.com

Among the things I love about my job in Taiwan are the following: We wear jeans to work. It’s acceptable for me to listen to music while I work. I have two stuffed green peas on my desk, one named Mi-Mi and one named Re-Re (musicians, I know you’re smiling right … Continue reading

Prodromal Labor & Iron Fears Averted

38 Weeks Pregnant

“I just don’t remember feeling this tired with Small Shaw,” I’ve lamented to my husband in recent weeks. I’ve also complained to him that, “I just don’t remember the Braxton Hicks being so painful last time around.” That’s because I wasn’t. And they weren’t. Let me explain… “Extremely” Iron Deficient … Continue reading

We’re 36 Weeks Pregnant!

Walking at 36 Weeks Pregnant

We’re 36 Weeks Pregnant! Yesterday, I would have told you that you didn’t get to pinch me, because I remembered to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day (see the above Instagram photo as evidence). Today, though, I think I need you to pinch me. I can’t believe that we’re only four … Continue reading