So much to say.
First of all, have you read Jill's latest Foreign Service BRU (Blog RoundUp)? If you haven't, then you're missing out!
Also, I have two other issues to bring to your attention...
1.) United Airlines has made it tons more difficult and SCADS more expensive for those of us in the Foreign Serivce who are pet owners to take our beloved pets with us when we move overseas. United has knowingly exempted members of the U.S. military from their insanely expensive new rules (noting that the military serves its country, as though we don't or something??), but refuses to exempt us. And yes, these new policies will be dire for pet-owning Foreign Service families.
A dear, sweet girlfriend of mine is collecting stories of Foreign Service pets and she has been posting them (and will continue to post them) on her blog, the name of which is At Post. If you are a Foreign Service pet owner, please consider sending her your pet's photos and story for inclusion. You can email your stories and pictures to her at: kennedyas(at sign)yahoo.com, and you can read more about this project on her blog's sidebars.
We want to show United Airlines that their policies are hurting real families with real pets. Pets who are dear to us. Many of whom have even been rescued from difficult circumstances all over the world:
To keep up with the happenings in regards to United and our pets, you can track the updates on AFSA's website.
2.) Speaking of, have I mentioned that I LOOOOOOOves me some AFSA?
Oh yes, my friends, me a AFSA are like peas and carrots. Peanut butter and jelly. Or, if you're in Chengdu... like chicken feet and spicy veggies. (I'll be the chicken feet. They can be the veggies. I love you that much, AFSA!) We just... go together.
So when my bestest buddies at AFSA wrote me and asked if I could help get the word out about a very, very worthwhile cause, I was all HELLS YEAH, MAH PEEPZ!! And a worthwhile cause it is.
So- calling all of you who are federal employees! You know who you are. You're the ones universally hated by Congress, and blamed for all of the financial ills of not just our country but all of the countries of the world, somehow. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE. And it's time to help one of our own.
Her name is Hannah, and she is brave. And sweet. And a brand-new State Department employee. And unexpectedly battling cancer. And in dire need of your leave donations. Watch her video and you will understand why:
Any federal employee can donate leave to her. Here's how. Let's make it so that worrying about her leave balance is the last thing on her mind as she walks the difficult path ahead of her.
And can I just say?
Hannah is extraordinary. Were *I* the one in her position, my video would be of me whining. And crying. And probably cursing the skies. Because I'm just...um...less sweet and less patient than she is. But her video is nothing like mine would be.
And I am in awe of her.