Tandem Couple (in process)
Photo courtesy of Zach Natalie on Flickr
We’re one step closer to becoming a Tandem Couple! No, not a surfing tandem couple (although that would be quite awesome), a Foreign Service Tandem couple. Yesterday I passed the Foreign Service Oral Exam. I don’t want to count my chickens before they hatch because there are still several steps before I can call myself a FSO: 1. Pass security clearance, 2. Pass Medical Clearance, again, I guess? 3. Pass the final suitability review, 4. Wait on the Register until (if?) they call me to attend an A-100 class.
So now that the future seems to be a little clearer, our timeline has gone completely out the window. I assume I’ll still go with L to Nicaragua in a few months. Where in the process will I be at that time? If I’m offered a position, I’ll come back to DC for training – but for how long? If we live apart for several months, how do we divide up and pack our furniture/car/kitchen stuff? Ok, I get first dibs on the kitchen stuff. Other than frying the occasional egg when I’m not available, L doesn’t cook.
In some ways this will simplify our lives in that we both will have jobs moving from place to place, and I won’t have to look for new employment at each post. But let’s be honest – this will complicate things too. Bidding will be a tug-of-war between getting a post together, and getting a post that is interesting and appropriate for each of our careers. Fortunately, we’re in different cones – so that makes things a teeny tiny bit easier – but I’m sure it will still be a challenge.
I’m so excited. I can’t say it’s here yet, but it’s thrilling to know that I’ve passed this major hurdle. This has been something I’ve had in mind for so long.
So now the waiting begins, or actually, continues. We will just try to make the best decisions we can with the amount of information we have at any given time.