Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Single White Female Seeks Office Management Specialist

I'm sure there are plenty of blogs that provide insight into the unique challenges of raising a family in the foreign service. So, as a single woman in the foreign service, I feel obliged to share my tales of single woe.

I'm a mere month away from departing for post. I have to arrange my flight, schedule and prepare for pack out, get my vaccinations, apply for a diplomatic visa, buy my consumable items (without a car), cancel my gym membership, you get the idea.

I'm also in training full time, where students are threatened with having their fingernails pulled off if they miss even an hour of class, and there's no admin time. This leaves me with a dilemma - how the hell am I supposed to drop off my diplomatic passport and visa application at Main State? I thought I had won the battle of wits with the Department by borrowing a friend's trailing spouse who was going to Main State, but the Department's bureaucratic absurdity managed to out fox me.

I'm also nervous about pack out. When I packed out from Romania, I was outnumbered by 4 packers. I didn't discover how much stuff was "lost" until over a year later when I unpacked my stuff last fall. The bastards stole my Indiana Jones DVD trilogy.

I suppose being single really isn't the issue. I need an OMS more than I need a husband.


hannah said...

100% agree with you here. All I can think of is my favorite feminist essay: http://www.cwluherstory.org/why-i-want-a-wife.html

tourisita said...

I thought that was an ad for a job. It it really was and I were available I definitely would have applied! :)

Anonymous said...

Just want to thank you for your blog! As a single (and red headed!) woman prepping for the OA this summer (PD) I've found yours is one of the only FSO blogs written by a single woman. Thank you for sharing your (apparently) unique perspective!

Heather said...

You're welcome, Anonymous. Good luck on your oral exam. It would be nice to have another single red-headed woman in the Foreign Service!

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Anonymous said...

I'm the anonymous FSO hopeful who wrote you back in May. Just thought I'd report back that I'm now on the register and my rank should ensure I get an invite the A-100. I've scanned your blog often over the past year and very much appreciate you sharing your experiences with all of us in cyber space. Many thanks! - Althea

Heather said...

Congratulations! I bet it feels good to make it through the process. Best of luck!

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