James had a very informative (and also long) conversation with his CDO last night. So, you know, I figured I would update y'all on the whole bidding thing.
THE GOOD NEWS: It looks as though James might be penciled in for a certain onward assignment.
THE BAD NEWS: He sure isn't getting paneled for it (or anything else, for that matter) on the next panel date (May 17th).
(At this point, cue me being all:)
EVEN BETTER: He *might* get paneled the panel after that. Which is June 7th. If, of course, everything that needs to happen actually ends up happening the way it needs to happen so that it can all actually happen. And stuff.
THE AWESOMEST NEWS EVER: This means that JAMES AND I WIN the "Longest Bidders Ever That I Personally Know Award." Of all of my DS girlfriends, the longest anyone has gone without an onward assignment has been from bidding as a summer bidder starting in one calendar year and not getting paneled until May of the the next calendar year (nine months of pure bidding joy). But now that we know that we started bidding last August (2012) and won't even be paneled this month - in May (the nine month mark) - we now have won the Longest Bidders (that I personally know) Contest.
WOW! Lucky us! And James and I usually never ever win contests!
In all fairness, and I am trying to be as fair about the situation as possible, James has a WONDERFUL CDO who is very kind and helpful. It also sounds like the assignment to where James will more than likely be headed is a good place, morale-wise. So that's nice. We need some good morale all up in here, y'all.
On the other hand, not being paneled means no orders. No orders means no travel dates. No travel dates means, well, NO TRAVEL. And let's not forget that we have an upcoming 9th grader in the fall. Who needs to, like, get out of Chengdu and get to where his school is. And stuff.
I'll be able to tell the whole story when James gets paneled. Which will hopefully, HOPEFULLY, *HOPEFULLY* be in June (OH PLEASE, OH PLEASE, OH PLEASE).
In the meantime, I will leave you with a link to a hilariously funny thing that Matthew, my 19-year-old son, found on the interwebz. It has to do with how different men and women are. Holy cow, I laughed SO HARD at that!
Laughing is good.
As for me, I have finished two of my final exams for two of the three classes I have been taking this spring semester, and have the other final exam tomorrow morning. And then I will be done for the semester. Which COMPLETELY freaks me out. No, I'm dead serious.
Taking classes is the only thing that keeps me sane, you guys, seeing as there's nothing else for me to do. I am so, and I do mean SO SO SO SO SO SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO bad at the whole EFM thing. I don't do outings or lunches or shopping or manicures or pedicures or whatever other things we unemployed EFMs (which is statistically, what, 70+% of EFMs worldwide? If not more? And now there are going to be even less EFM jobs available worldwide because of the budget crunch?) are supposed to do to pass the time at post. I don't hang out and gossip, I don't have young children that need to do playdates - I just truly suck at the whole EFM thing. Which means that school has been my lifeline to sanity because it has kept my brain engaged and given me a daily hope for a future that includes my being useful. And having school end for the semester - and not being able to register for a summer class because I HAVE NO CLUE WHERE I WILL BE OR WHAT I WILL BE DOING THIS SUMMER is just... killing me.
If I knew that I would be here in Chengdu through my hometown institution's entire summer semester, I would JUMP on taking another class. But this flux is keeping me from doing anything, which is just... hard. SO HARD.