Advice for Future Foreign Service Spouses

One positive thing that has come from my blog (other than meeting friends on the internet) has been the occasional opportunity to help future Eligible Family Members (EFMs) and Members of Household (MOHs) — in other words, future Foreign Service spouses/significant others who are contemplating or have made the decision to pack up and move around theContinue reading “Advice for Future Foreign Service Spouses”

Job Hunting, Again

Despite my intentions otherwise, during the pre-bid-submission period (all of two weeks), I did as much research as I could into life at post, including employment opportunities for EFMs. I was barely a week into my current job (even now, I’m three months in) and already it’s time to start thinking about applying for the next one.

Thoughts on Being a Trailing Spouse

My blog friend Jessie (whom I have actually met in real life) recently wrote a wonderful article for the American Foreign Service Journal about being a trailing spouse (or, in today’s more politically correct lingo, an adult eligible family member, AEFM). Her take, in brief: It’s hard.Oh you know, just sitting around baking all day.

Staying Present

Right now, I am trying not to think about Afghanistan. We still have several months left to enjoy in El Salvador. I’m not letting myself think about what to pack and consumables shipments and wardrobe decisions and the million other questions I know I will have as we get closer to our arrival date. I am tryingContinue reading “Staying Present”

Kabul, Confirmed

I accepted a job in Kabul so it looks like we are definitely both going to Afghanistan for our next tour. I wouldn’t say I’m excited per se — not the same way I was really looking forward to moving to El Salvador (albeit with a mix of nervousness and anticipation). But I do think theContinue reading “Kabul, Confirmed”

Spanish Friday: Cambios

Today is Spanish Friday: Blog post in Spanish; English translation below.El lunes, empiezo un puesto en la embajada con el Departamento de Estado bajo su Programa Ampliado de Asociados Profesionales (EPAP, por sus siglas en inglés). Trabajaré en la oficina de asuntos públicos. Dejé mi trabajo con Glasswing International el mes pasado.Una entrega de TOMS Shoes.

Spanish Friday: Hablando Enfrente de Grupos

Today is Spanish Friday: Blog post in Spanish; English translation below.Esto no va a sorprender a nadie, pero a mí, no me gusta hablar enfrente de grupos. Soy introvertida, es cierto, pero también soy bien timida.Ahora imagina esto: Alguien que es introvertido y timido y que no habla un idioma tan bien tiene que hablar enfrente de unContinue reading “Spanish Friday: Hablando Enfrente de Grupos”

Spanish Friday: ¡Viva la Revolución!

Today is Spanish Friday: Blog post in Spanish; English translation below.No, esto no es una entrada política. Es sobre mi primer articulo publicado en una revista: “Unexpected beer spot: El Salvador,” de la edición de marzo/abril 2013 de DRAFT Magazine.Andy Newbom, co-fundador y dueño de Brew Revolution.