the 14 of 2014: our next assignment

After the oh-so-crazy bidding process began, we were on pins and needles, wondering about our next assignment. To make matters more nerve-racking the State Department released a cable telling all bidders that, basically, this was the hardest bidding season to date.  What great news to get in the middle of your first time doing midlevel bidding... Continue Reading →

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the 14 of 2014: bidding

Without a doubt, one of the biggest things to happen to us in 2014 was going through our first season of mid-level bidding. In the U.S. Foreign Service, the first two assignments are "directed" -- which means officers have little-to-no say in where they go. With the first assignment, a big bid list comes out toward... Continue Reading →

No, it was not just a pile of rusted metal... It dutifully woke us up at 7:30 on numerous Sundays.

the power of slipcovers

Taking a cue from Hardship Homemaking, I've decided it is time to write about the slipcovers that dramatically changed the look of our apartment. When we first opened the door to the apartment, I was a bit disappointed to see that we had been issued the infamous "old" Drexel Heritage line of furniture. Since the... Continue Reading →

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