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Remember that job?

The one I interviewed for in March, then got the offer back in April? 

You may think that now that I’m knocked up, that I gave up on working, hence why you haven’t heard a thing again.

But, nope… 

Still planning on working, and almost 6 months later, still waiting on my security clearance.  At this point, I’m wondering whether it’ll come through at all while I still feel ok to work…  And though I never once considered not getting my clearance, it is taking so long that now I’m wondering if it’ll be denied (maybe the fact that I still hold my Brazilian citizenship, and by law I MUST vote in Brazilian presidential elections, will be held against me?  Who knows? I do know other Brazilian citizens that got their clearance fine, but these things are so subjective…).

So yeah… With all the extra expenses this year (babies are not cheap), it kind of blows that I’ve been in limbo for this long.

Still waiting…

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Updates (without actually updating anything, really)

So after writing a post about how I rarely wear makeup, I, of course, put on makeup today.  Ha!


I even put on a suit!  And considering I haven’t been able to get those 20 pounds off, it was very very very uncomfortable, despite my smile for the camera.  (On the bright side, after writing that post in July, those 20 extra pounds quickly became 28 extra pounds, but we’re back at only 20 pounds extra now…  Yay, muay thai!)

So, my go-to suit did not fit (unless I had no plans on sitting or breathing the rest of the afternoon), so I went with a back up, and mismatched my gray skirt/black jacket, but whatever.  I can still pull off a suit!

The interview?  Went fine.  It was short, but it’s not like it’s brain surgery that I’m applying for, so what can they really ask?  So I have no idea if I’ll get picked or not, but then again, if I don’t, I’m not desperate to work, nor are we hurting for money, so it’s ok.  My ego will certainly be bruised, but I’ll get over it!  Whatever happens, is for the best, and that’s my motto right now!

Last night, we also finally (FINALLY!) heard back from DC, after 1.5 weeks of anxious waiting to hear whether our bidlist, where we were super creative with in order to even have any bids, was valid, and if can it be sent for final review.  And…

It’s valid!  And it’ll be final, which is good, as I’m happy going to about 24 of the 30 bids (and the other 6 are not so bad either).

After that, it’s another 2-3 weeks anxiously waiting the results of our next post.  It’ll be odd spending another year in Manila, already knowing where we will move to next, but the deadline will also make us start to appreciate even more all the good things here (like cheap travel! Closeness to other countries!  Two things we already know for sure the future post won’t provide).

Lastly, the hives are mostly gone!  Still have no idea what caused it, but this is the quickest they have disappeared, so I’ll take it!

Oh, and since I’m still super-addicted to my iphone, here is one of my favorite recent pictures:


(And editing everything with Camera+ on the iphone!  I love the picture effects they have!)


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And… We have an interview!

Hives and all!

At the end of last year I was for certain going to apply for a part-time Embassy job as an events planner, including travel-planning.  I’ve traveled so much in the last year, I’m a bit of an expert in this, no? 

But…  Those Embassy trips tend to come out to twice as much as what we pay.  Sometimes, 3 times as much.  And as an event planner, you’re required to go, and pay your own way.  Soooo…  Yeah.  Why go back to work if all my salary is going to go towards expensive trips when I know I can do the same trip for a lot cheaper?  But I was still going to apply for it.

Timing wasn’t on my side though, as the job first opened when I wasn’t yet an American Citizen (which is a requirement for spouse employment), but they didn’t find a person for it, so it happened to reopen again right when my parents arrived in town.  And then we left for 2 weeks for our trip around SE Asia, and the job closed.  I had no time to fill out forms, didn’t get a chance to apply (specially since I got sick right after coming back from our trip), but I didn’t beat myself up about it, since you know, that whole “need to pay for expensive travel as part of the job” thing.

Then another part-time position opened at the Embassy – the job is not nearly as interesting as an event planner (which was right up my alley), and it’s more of a routine work, nothing too exciting.  But, the schedule sounds perfect and doesn’t require travel, which means I can continue on planning my own travels with Karl (woot!).

The interview is on Thursday.  I’m ok if I get it, and I’m ok if I don’t.  I admit I got used to this not-having-to-work-thing…  But the extra cash will help — even though it’ll be a LOT lower than I used to get at the IMF, specially since it’s part-time — but all that travel we’ve been doing means no savings aside from retirement, but savings never hurt, right?

So, wish me luck:  that whatever happens is for the best (whether that’s getting the job or not).


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