Now I'm sure you're thinking "what does this mean?" I'll tell you. Not very much. :) The selection process for FSO's is pretty rigorous. From this point, I have to submit some written essay questions. Then my application, test scores, and written responses are reviewed by a panel to decide if I'm qualified enough to become an officer. If I pass that step, then I'm invited to an Oral Analysis which includes personal interviews, another individual written essay (I think), and a timed team project in Washington DC. Sarah's process was much different, as she went in as a Specialist, not a Generalist.
I still haven't explained what it actually means for Sarah and I, have I... If I was hired as an FSO, Sarah and I would be considered a tandem couple. We would bid for different locations as a team, and it reduces the likelihood that we would be separated if she was assigned to a dangerous post. I would have my own career, and would be guaranteed a job wherever we went. Great! The down side is that being a tandem couple limits the amount of posts of which we are eligible, so there's less of a choice. Although Sarah and I haven't decided for sure if this is the path that we want to take or not, just passing the first hurdle is exciting! Being an FSO would open up possibilities for Sarah not to work in the future, or simply help us save more money to be in a good position to quit in a few years, if that's what we decide to do.
So after that exciting news, I have more pictures! Here are a few of the apartment that I've been promising. Although it's easy to get jealous of other peoples' housing here, our apartment is great!
Taken in Front of Our Garage
It looks kind of creepy with all the headless people sitting at the chairs, right? :) We don't have enough hangers for our clothes until UAB comes, so we're making due with what we have. It's not quite so lonely in this big apartment when the table's always full.
View of the Avocado Tree Outside Our Bedroom Window
Me With 3 Duct Taped Brooms Fishing for Avocados :)
Some of the Apartments in Our Area
View of the Most Famous Building in Brasilia: The Metropolitan Cathedral
Inside the Cathedral
Newcomers Lunch at the Ambassador's Residence
Some of Our New Friends
View of the JK Bridge from the Ambassador's Residence
Getting Ready to Play Tennis at the Ambassador's Residence
Terrible Form! My Tennis Coach Would Not Be Impressed.
Ted and I (losing)
Sarah and Mona