[But First: The State Department Blog Roundup will be held this week by Becky over at the blog Small Bits!]
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This (in my opinion) is a great video, and since it is making its rounds via the interwebz, I wanted to make sure everyone who comes here gets a chance to see it.
CBS made it, and it does an excellent job (in my opinion) of showing some of what DS (the State Department's Diplomatic Security Service, of which my awesome husband is a proud member) does. In a current climate in which the State Department - and I quote - is "the biggest potential loser" from the steep budget cuts which are on the federal government's table as we speak, it's a great reminder of what our brave (and amazingly talented!) men and women are doing Every. Single. Day.
[Seriously - the potential budget cuts to State are so egregious that Federal Times wrote an entire article only about the proposed State budget cuts. Okay, on to the movie...]
In other news...
it's my dear friend Jill's BIRTHDAY today! And her hero of a husband (who is DS also) is in Iraq, missing it. That movie, above, shows you a good idea of the sort of things he's up against while he's there. If you haven't already, please consider popping over to her blog and showing her some DS-Wife-All-Alone-on-Her-Birthday-While-Her-Husband-is-in-Iraq-Being-a-Hero-Love!
(Also, she packs out tomorrow. All alone. By herself. Without her husband. The day after her Birthday. With three children. You get it.)
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In other OTHER news, regarding the damned-if-I-do, damned-if-I-don't difficult choice between taking my language exam super duper early in order to try to get into ConGen (but risking failing the Chinese exam and therefore not being able to get the job I would love to try to vie for) -OR- taking a late ConGen class that would strand my family here for a really long time just to wait for me, it seems that my absolute best chance is taking the test early.
I am therefore (newly) scheduled to take my language test THREE WEEKS FROM TODAY, on Monday, June 27th, in the morning. This moves my test up by two weeks.
There are many things wrong with this. The first one is that I can't speak Chinese on Monday mornings. Seriously. Over a weekend, by Monday I've forgotten pretty much everything.
The second thing is that this means that I will test about three weeks before any of my other classmates, and roughly four to five weeks before another of my classmates. I can't even stress how early a date this test is for me. And since it's an all or nothing proposition (if I fail the test that day, it is then literally impossible for me to get a 2/1 in Chinese AND take ConGen before we go to post, which therefore would diqualify me from being able to apply for the job), it's very, very risky. But it looks like my best chance to be able to get my language score *and* get into ConGen.
So - it's a huge, huge gamble.
And since my language exam was just now moved up, I am off to study.