Since March 2010, Alex is a public diplomacy coned Foreign Service Officer. After training, a short DC assignment and maternity leave, she arrived in Cotonou, Benin for her first tour. Andy is her husband. He jumped through all the hoops too and is going to be a management coned FSO one of these days, but is waiting until the timing is right so our family isn’t separated. Baby Flynn arrived in Benin at age two and a half months; so far, he very much enjoys spending his days strapped to the back of his nanny. He also enjoys pestering Abbey, the curmudgeonly beagle who hasn’t adjusted very well to no longer being the center of attention. She does, however, enjoy finally having a whole yard to call her own. Except for those darn lizards.