Did you know?
I am officially (gasp, weep, sob) no longer a Foreign Service blogger. Take me off your blog rolls*, unsubscribe, throw away this URL. That is correct, I do not (I am assuming, *ever*) have Foreign Service content in my blog.
I was informed of this today by...oh, the who isn't important. Apparently, despite my, oh, nearly 14 years of experience as a DS/FS spouse, a long-time volunteer with AAFSW First Vice-President & currently moderating two Yahoo Groups), having moved how many times, worked overseas, having had recently published articles in the Foreign Service Journal (gee, thought I blogged about them...), and having written about almost all of it: my blog is of no use to the Foreign Service Community.
I must say, one WEEK before my husband leaves on an unaccompanied tour (where he could deal with, well, use your imaginations), this is a real slap in the face (you know, in addition to the year away). I guess I forgot when I blogged about the recent event I created and planned for AAFSW that I don't write about Foreign Service issues. Or maybe it slipped my mind when I wrote this post about how Peter was (at that point in time) departing in 19 days. Or when Cait and I had our discussion about living overseas and I penned a post on that conversation. That's right, because if we were in the Foreign Service, we wouldn't discuss moving overseas and issues related to it.
I wouldn't have signed the form today that allows me to receive ISMA while Peter is gone for a year. We wouldn't have spent the weekend clearing out the garage and staging his gear for his pack-out on Wednesday. I wouldn't be writing about how he leaves in exactly 1 week and 1 hour from now. You know, I'd only do that sort of thing if we were in the Foreign Service. Thankfully, however, someone has reminded me that I don't touch on that issue.
Maybe the problem is we aren't overseas? Anyone remember why we aren't overseas? Oh, that's right! Remember that whole bit I went through two years ago while Peter was in another you-know-where scenario? Of course, not like I wrote about that or any of the issues we had to deal with because we are a Foreign Service family. 'Cause, like I said, we aren't.
Right? So, I'll go back to my not-FS life now and forget that post I was penning in advance of Peter's departure next week. After all, who would want to read about that since it has nothing to do with the Foreign Service? After all, no one in the FS ever lives in the U.S. (for training, UTs or otherwise) or has to curtail a post due to a medical issue. Nor does discussing those issues apparently count for anything....but somehow, I think I already knew that.
*Clearly, I'm kidding. Unless you are a certain 'official' blog roll, in which case, you have already thoughtfully removed me from your list. You know, the list that I was asked to be on two years ago? After all, I'm not a Foreign Service blogger because my blog "currently focuses on topics outside of the U.S. Foreign Service." Now off to help my husband shop and pack for his UT and continue to purge for our move to Managua. Maybe when we live there I can be an FS blogger again?