I've found several distractions this week that have been pretty successful in keeping my mind off the big day.  The big F day.  Some of the distractions have been

- The National Museum of the American Indians (fabulous by the by - I'll post details later)
- The Sackler and Freer Galleries (Art and Statues from the Far East and South East Asia)
- Banana Republic the likes of which you think you'd find in a govermenty-fashiony place.  Oh boy.
- Wonderfully depressing documentaries about the Middle East
- A new place to do bookbinding in Maryland
- An internship at the public library across the street
- My new kitchen aid food processor.  I. Can't. Believe. It.  
- A renewed netflix subscription.  Ahhh.  (Like Shakespeare?  Canadian masterpiece "Slings and Arrows" will knock your socks off.  Don't like Shakespeare?  It still will)

I also started school yesterday.  No, I'm not too old for that yet.  My program is a Masters of Library and Information Science with San Jose State University in California and its 100% online.  Being to the Middle East and back twice over the past years has made choosing an online program one of the smartest things I've ever done.  I have 2 semesters left and I feel a little bit like Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride (which I didn't know was a comedy until later in life - it crushed me). 

"Is very strange. I have been in the (library school) business so long, now that it's over, I don't know what to do with the rest of my life."

But, it's not quite over and truthfully, when it is, things will just be getting started for me.  The Foreign Service has crazy amazing resources for spouses including continual training, scholarships for further education, and a lot of work opportunities.  They have libraries too!  Crazy Amazing, by the way, is actually what my Spouse Briefing handbook says across the top with heart dotted I's "Crazy Amazing Benefits for Spouses".

So, I've almost kept myself too distracted to think about tomorrow.  Almost.  



  1. I can't wait to hear what happens tomorrow.
    Oh, and I cheated with the blog. I didn't do it.

  2. We just hit the American Indian museum for the first time last week...I didn't get to see quite as much as I hoped (toddler in tow), but my girls loved it and we hope to get back again soon.

    Good luck...today! Can't wait to hear where you are going....

  3. Good luck tomorrow! I can't wait to hear where you are posted!!!

    That is super cool that you used to work at the school library. The kids are absolutely loving school and it has been such a blessing for each of them. The principal is absolutely amazing (which you already know)!

    I haven't gotten used to the hairy texture of halva but maybe it will grow on me :) Any other crazy foods I should try?

  4. Oh friend, you know when you suggest wonderfully depressing documentaries about the Middle East I am obligated to watch them, don't you?

    You find out tomorrow? Yowsers! I'm DYING to hear!

  5. ooh, I forgot today was the day! I'll be checking back with you tonight! Good luck and stay calm!

  6. I just keep praying that you will post where you are going as soon as you know. I'm dying to find out. I thought flag day was last friday and we were camping in the mountains cut off from civilization and then when we got home our internet was cut because of a freak Utah storm, and I was dying to know where you were going. Luckily, it is today instead. Good luck! I'm praying for you two!

  7. I'm excited to hear where you'll be going! I love all your pics of DC. It looks like you've seen some amazing things! :)