Hey, you guys! Long time no see!
[But before we all catch up and stuff, I just want to thank Ogles & Observations for volunteering at the last minute to host this week's State Department Blog RoundUp!]
Okay, so, you've missed a lot, right? Such as:
1.) My oldest son sat in a wheelchair and tied a diaper around his face. No, really! See?
Okay, okay, maybe the "diaper" that's tied around his face is actually a newfangled ice pack 'specially made for, like, tying around faces and stuff. And maybe he was in a wheelchair because he was in the hospital because he had all of his wisdom teeth removed under general anesthesia.
And maybe he had to be put under general anesthetic because his gag reflex is so bad that even the doctor acting like he was going to look at my son's teeth made my son... you know... reflexively gag. It's stuff like that that buys you hospital visits and general anesthesia, kid. Lesson learned.
2.) I graduated from ConGen! And I didn't even fail one single test!
The last couple of weeks of ConGen included stuff having to do with American Citizen Services things that goes on overseas, such as what happens if and when American citizens either die or go to jail in other countries. Which actually happens in real life, my teachers told me. Which all sounds so sad. So let's not talk about it, okay? I don't want to cry.
3.) After graduating from ConGen, I then took a two-day class called "1001 Ways State Department People Die Overseas."
Ha ha!! That's not its real name, of course! But it could be, which is scary.
There's, like, FIRE and CAR ACCIDENTS and PESTICIDES and CAR ACCIDENTS and RAPE and CAR ACCIDENTS and MURDER and CAR ACCIDENTS and KIDNAPPING and CAR ACCIDENTS and DROWNING IN POOLS and CAR ACCIDENTS and CARJACKINGS and CAR ACCIDENTS and BOMBINGS and CAR ACCIDENTS**... do you see a theme here? I'll just bet you do, because you're very smart.
[**Which is all most interesting, especially since all manner of Congresspeople want to quit paying State employees huge chunks of their salary while they're posted overseas.]
The best part of the class was that I got to sit next to one of my favoritest people ever - Digger at Life After Jerusalem - which just goes to show that sometimes The Universe is nice to me and does something to improve my pre-moving, wishing-for-death-anyway morale.
She pretty much could have, like, TAUGHT the class because she's been through some of what they talked about in the class. But she was a student instead of a teacher which was all the better for me because I had a hilarious/witty friend to sit with!
4.) James and I pack out soon (this coming Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday). We will pack out EVERYTHING WE OWN from our rental house, since we PCS'ed here a year ago. That means we have UAB, HHE, Storage *AND* Consumables.
And not only do we have normal Consumables, but my husband's job title + some sort of rules = we only get ONE Consumables shipment the whole entire time we're in China (2 years). Which means no additional or add-on shipments for us. Which means I'm buying everything we need for all two years.
Oh, the joy.
So our days have looked a lot like this:
Which is James IN THE RAIN, outside of Costco, navigating river puddles while his wife snaps pictures of his suffering for her blog.
Because that's the sort of awesome, helpful, loving wife that I am.
The above picture represents about $940 worth of Costco consumables. Which means that the other $3,000+ that we've already spent during other shopping trips to other places isn't pictured. But you're smart so you can just sort of picture all of that in your mind.
When all is said and done, I'm thinking we're going to be a good $5,000 into Consumables for our 2 years in China. And I'm sure I'm going to forget a whole freaking lot of stuff and feel like a total moron when I unpack our consumables in China months from now and realize that I bought eleventy bazillion of X but none of Y. I'M BRACED FOR IT. BRING IT ON, FEELING STUPID - I'M A PRO AT THAT BY NOW.
So now you're sort of caught up! Sorry I was gone so long, but in balancing class at FSI with a family *and* getting ready to move overseas... well... internet time was the first thing to go!
T minus THREE DAYS to packout!