ChaCha Ala Mode’s Babblings

ChaChaThis is my personal blog that covers life and ideas beyond just my service abroad. It also covers biking culture and my short service in Africa, food systems and building relationships. This is a map of who I am.

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  • Fall Comfort Salad
    I wish I had taken step by step pictures, I am sorry, I will try to remember next time.  Actually it had not occurred to me to even share a recipe until I sat down to lunch and my partner, who had sausage and tater tots cooked in bacon grease,...
  • A letter to my parents
    My life did not really begin until I moved to South Seattle in 2006.  I was 35 years old and finally started to live my life as my authentic self.  I started to only do things that I felt matched my belief system and only included people into it that...
  • Finding the courage to call for help
    So here I am still struggling.  I take not being able to get hired very personally.  I guess the fact that I am middle-aged and have no current job speaks volumes to employers.  I just wish I did not have to stress on this.  I want to work, I want...
  • The harsh truth about re-entry.
    They try to prepare us for the bumpy ride back into normal life.  They offer us counseling sessions.  They even provide us with a ton of ways to prepare for life back in the states.  I have neglected my blog, one of my best outlets for my struggles, because I...
  • The Four Most Important Lessons My Service in Jamaica Taught Me.
    Important Things I have learned during my service: The two plus years I have been in service have been the most amazing and the most challenging. I have learned so much about myself, about working outside of my culture, about how you can be percieved outside of your own culture...
  • Fun Food Friday: Rasta Pasta
    I am not totally certain what exactly Rasta Pasta is aside from pasta with vegetables in it. I found that children that hate veggies ate this stuff up with relish, like literally finished the pot off.  I made it when I was visiting one of my host families last week,...