About

I’m just another blogging ELO in the U.S. Foreign Service. After being twice stopped by the FSWE (back in the days when it was the FSWE), I decided to give the written exam and the dream job one more try in 2008. I took the FSOT in July of 2008 and passed the Oral Assessment in March of 2009. 6 years after my first attempt to join the Foreign Service I finally started my dream job in September of 2009 as a member of the 148th A-100 class.This blog is primarily intended as a means for me to keep friends and family up to date as I travel the world. I arrived in May of 2010 at my first “overseas” post in the exotic and far flung locale of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico (it’s 5 minutes over the border). Follow my adventures as I wrangle my kitties, navigate this new lifestyle, and gorge myself on delicious burritos.

3 Responses to “About”


  • Hi! I’m really interested in your experiences as a female junior FSO. I would love to ask you some more questions about your journey, in particular.

  • I wish you would have kept writing! I wanted to drop by and say I found your blog helpful when I was preparing for the FSOA in 2012, and now preparing for my third tour next year (in Juarez) I have found myself reading with a different lens. Did you stay in the FS? Hope you are well these days and best wishes.

  • Thanks for stopping by and remembering my blog! Yes, I’m still in the FS. I’m just finishing up a domestic assignment in CA before heading to FSI for a year of language training and then off to a tour in AF. I periodically think about reviving my poor forlorn blog, maybe when I get back overseas- DC life doesn’t make for the most exciting reading. 😉 Have a fantastic time in CDJ! It really is a hidden gem and there is so much to discover in the southwest.

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