Sunday, May 20, 2012

"Back to school. Back to school, to prove to Dad that I'm not a fool. I got my lunch packed up, my boots tied tight, I hope I don't get in a fight. Ohhhh, back to school. Back to school. Back to school. Well, here goes nothing." ~ Billy Madison

Thank you oh wise Billy Madison for best summing up what's going on in my head right now. Except for I'll be wearing heels instead of boots, my Dad doesn't think I'm a fool, and the chances of getting into a fight are pretty small. But still, I'm heading back to school at the ripe old age of 30. I probably won't be able to get much sleep tonight in anticipation of my first day as a Foreign Service Officer tomorrow, which is fine after 3 solid weeks of rest and relaxation.  I have my first day outfit all picked out (I'm going with brown "power suit") and I have my brand new (second hand) Tumi briefcase all packed with the required paperwork for in-processing.

This morning I kicked off this new adventure by running a 10k with a couple of folks from my class (with thanks to one classmate in particular for pushing me to beat my goal time by 30 seconds). I finished the 6.2 miles in 56:26, definitely a new personal best for me! Then this afternoon we all met up for a welcome reception put on by our sponsoring class, the 165th A-100 (the class that started in January). Each A-100 class is sponsored by an earlier class to help answer all the many, many questions we have about the next 6-weeks and beyond. It also turns out we have a fairly large class of nearly 90, compared with 65 in the January class, so the 167th is big bunch. While it was great to meet new colleagues, it was especially amazing to hear about all the places where people were preparing to head to for their first post - Tajikistan, Italy, Niger, Ciudad Juarez, and even Belmopan. Spins my head a little to think about all the possibilities.

I'll post more details this week on bidding, etc, but right now I need to try and get some sleep. In 11 or so hours I get my first peak behind the curtain and I absolutely cannot wait!

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