Monthly Archives: June 2011

Now, we wait

I sent it my list over the weekend and now I get to wait, and worry. and wait, and wonder if I should have put Bid #6 as Bid #4, and daydream about my top few posts.  The CDOs haven’t said when we will hear where we’re going, but based on how quickly other bidding cycles have been assigned, I expect we’ll hear within two weeks.

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Still bidding…

Bidding is kind of like riding a rollercoaster.  You get really excited when the list comes out, then you’re a little disappointed because your dream place/job/timing isn’t on there.  Then, you look at the list a little more and get really excited about certain posts only to find out that they won’t actually work like you thought they would or there’s some other negative factor about it that you didn’t know about until you really started digging into the info about the post or the job.  Prior to getting the list, I spent a lot of time looking at post info online and doing preliminary research but I started digging deeper into post information once I had the list and had real options in front of me.

So, there have been a number of versions of my list and jobs have moved up and down the list as I’ve found out more about the post and the job, and a couple have been added and removed.  I think that I have a close-to-final list now and I’ve sent it in to my assignments officer to review my timing calculations.  Hopefully she won’t bounce back too many of my bids for bad timing.  Bidding has been fun, especially the daydreaming about how life might be in Post X, Y, or Z, but I’m ready to turn the list in so I can stop thinking about which order to put things in and splitting hairs about how the job in Post A might be a little better than the job in Post B.

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The List!

The list! I haz it!  We got the list on Thursday and there’s lots of great stuff on it.  There’s a really good variety of places and jobs on the list.  There are a few places that I wish had been on the list and a few jobs that look really awesome but don’t work for timing reasons or because of lengthy quarantine requirements for the Diplocat.  However, the list looks pretty cool and I’m cautiously optimistic that everything will work out well. I think I can put together an AWESOME top ten bids and a pretty good thirty bids, which is great news.

Before you ask, no I’m not going to share my list.  I don’t want to put any carts before horses or jinx myself, and I think it’s best to keep my list to myself.  However, I will definitely share my post when I find out, which should be some time in early July. 🙂

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Bidding on the brain…and paperwork

More news about the bid list!  The bidding instructions and the list will be coming very soon and I’m both excited and a bit terrified.  I’ve thought a lot about what types of things I’d like to have in my next post, but it’s all theoretical until I get the list and can see what the options are.  There may be things on the list that don’t really match the things that I think I’d like in my next post, but would be great opportunities and end up high on my list.  So, we’ll have to see what actually turns up on the list.

The optional topic in this week’s blog roundup is paperwork.  I have a lot of it.  I have stuff from several years ago that I will probably never need and other stuff that’s more recent.  It seems like the paperwork has multiplied since I joined the Foreign Service.  There’s a lot of DOS paperwork and then there are the complications that come from living on the border and needing things like car insurance, identifications, cell phones, and a few other things for both the U.S. and Mexico.

I’ve gotten myself a scanner and got a shredder for Christmas to take care of some of it, but I have to admit that I haven’t been very diligent about taking care of it so most of it just continues to sit in boxes, where it probably continues to breed and multiply to create even more paperwork.  I want to get as much of it scanned, shredded, or filed before I move to my next post so it doesn’t have to be shipped again if it’s not really necessary, but it’s hard to get motivated to sit down and shred/scan/file.  I mean, there are other things that I’d rather do, like watch a movie, take a nap, or give the cat a bath for fun. 😉

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Is that rain?

It actually rained a little bit on Wednesday and Thursday this week. I wasn’t entirely sure what I was seeing at first, since it had been so long since I’d seen any rain here, but it was in fact a little bit of rain.  We didn’t get enough rain to make anything very wet or even create any puddles, but it’s been about four months since we’ve had any rain here and we’ll take what we can get.  Both rain storms had a lot of wind, which generally causes dust storms here.  So, in addition to the regular grey clouds, we had a brown haze from all of the dust. I wish I had a picture to share with you about how badly the dust storm affected visibility but it didn’t seem prudent to get out of my car in the middle of the street to take one.

On Thursday, I had planned to go to El Paso to run some errands after work.  The blowing dust limited the visibility and the wind was actually rocking my car a bit while I was stopped at a stop sign.  After about a half mile, I decided that between the really bad visibility and the wind, it was probably best to just turn around and go home rather than risk an accident due to the visibility and the chance of another car running in to me due to the visibility and wind.

So, that was the excitement for this week.  No news on when I’ll have the bid list, but hopefully in the next week or two!

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