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R2HK: making my way downtown


The last few days have been full of firsts. Flew to Asia for the first time. First time living in a big city with buildings so tall I actually don’t know what the weather is until I get down to... Continue Reading →

33 – the year of promise (i hope)


I’ve spun around the sun another 365.25 blessed days, and something about this number feels magical. Feels important. Feels like I probably should be doing more than shacking up at my parents, funemployed, with dogs for best friends. But I'm... Continue Reading →

RinR: Adventure is always out there


Warning: a blog such as this will make you ask yourself - "is there anything Rachel won't blog about?" The short answer is no, not if there is a funny story to tell. Happy Hallowiener everyone! Happy November! Happy almost... Continue Reading →

YAYarea Summer 2016 – the basic updates


I am back in California! woooo baby yeah. I won't be coming home for another year, so I am going ALL OUT. I've been to a Giants game, I've drank salsa from the jar, I made a White House cookie... Continue Reading →

RinR: Annual Valentine’s Day Post


Nothing like a public diary (blog) to help you see the ways you've (hopefully, but not always) grown and matured, and to observe the running themes in your life. On big days, or days that seem big, I like to... Continue Reading →

RinYAYarea: different kinds of home


We've all been held hostage by group text messages; I'm currently being updated on my aunt's availability to return something to Chico's with my grandma after her volunteer service at the library. But I kind of like the pain of... Continue Reading →

RinYAYAREA: Aggressively celebrating the holidays, unable to talk about anything but Brazil or my dog and really really cold


I love having a "Days Until" app that keeps me excited about things ahead. I love reminding myself "just one month left and you won't have a mosquito bite! just a few weeks more and all the Flaming Hot Cheetos... Continue Reading →

RinR: thoughts and things and tis the season


My technical title at my school is “English Language Developer” but in our contract we also sign to do “other duties as assigned.” For someone with my costume collection, shamelessness, and childlike sense of humor, this means I end up being a spokesperson... Continue Reading →

RinR: Thanks and Thoughts and Things


I love Thanksgiving. I love looking on facebook and instagram and seeing everyone get mushy about those they love, and taking a solid timeout from the angry-elfness that seems to be infecting the interwebs lately. I love the family photos... Continue Reading →

RinR: t g i f


Four hours with children, a few hours in staff meeting about the children, and then I don't know what you'll be on, but I'LL BE ON VACAAAATIONNNNN!!!!!! Praise Jesus for the speed with which this first quarter has flown by.... Continue Reading →

RinR: Snoop, Big Jesus, Futebol, and inappropriate songs.


Oi. I just had the best weekend ever. Like, super Brazilian adventure weekend: Almost died in a taxi, got nauseous on a bus ride, was heckled on the street, saw a monkey, sweated out my eyeballs, was in the middle... Continue Reading →

RinR: The Week in Things


Last week was my birthday, so I am older and wiser and can dispense much wisdom. Here's a tip: get in shape when you're young, kids. It's so much harder when you're older. I'm trying to do this workout/eat-right plan... Continue Reading →

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