Happy New Year, readers!
It's been a wild, crazy ride. 2010 has been one of the most rewarding, challenging, life-changing years for the Two Crabs. If 2011 is half as good as 2010 was, it will be a good year! Here's our year in a nutshell:
January: The Two Crabs were living and working in London, waiting patiently for "THE CALL." It finally came in mid-January, when I received and accepted an offer to join the LEGENDARY 152nd A-100 Class. By then, it had been 14 months since I took the FSOT, 9 months since passing the FSOA, and nearly seven months of waiting for my security clearance. Was it worth the wait? Hells ya! In the meantime, I was still busy finishing writing my travel guide to Costa Rica.
February: Frantically begin the frantic process of moving back to the U.S. of A. In mid-February we took our annual ski trip to Austria. But other than that, every waking moment was spent sorting and packing. What do we want to take with us to DC? What can go into storage? What can we give away to charity. How the heck did we accumulate so much crap!?!?
March: After nearly five years in London, Mr. and Mrs. Crab moved back to Arlington, Virginia in mid-March. Mr. Crab began A-100 on March 28.
April: Flag Day came and big surprise: Bahrain. Back to the Middle East, where Mr. Crab has spent much of his professional career. At the end of April, Sec. Clinton herself presided over our graduation ceremony and administered the Oath of Office. A-100 was by far one of the best times of my life. I met some lifelong friends and will always look back fondly on my times at FSI.
May: After A-100, the next few weeks were spent in "tradecraft" courses including Pol/Econ class. We got the word that we would be moving to Bahrain in less than two months. Oh, snap! A weekend camping trip to Shenandoah National Park with our 152nd classmates was one of the highlights of our time in DC.
June: A few more classes at FSI including Area Studies, Duty Officer training and Security Overseas Seminar. Most of Mrs. Crab's time was spent re-packing and preparing to move to the Middle East. We managed a quick weekend trip to Houston to visit Mr. Crab's sister & her family. On June 30, we flew out to post. Leaving on a jetplane, not sure when I'll be back again.
July: Landed on July 1 to 122F degree temperature. Month 1 in Bahrain. Lots of new sights, sounds, smells, tastes. My first official work event was the annual July 4 party for embassy and host nation guests. Fun times! Lots to learn about work life in the Foreign Service.
August: Mr. and Mrs. Crab celebrate their 10TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY. So, this is what summer in the Middle East feels like? We're talking about 115F on a cool day. Ramadan was an interesting experience, with lots of representational events, iftars, and many late nights drinking countless cups of cardamom tea, Arabic coffee and sweets!
September: The Two Crabs took a 5-day trip to CYPRUS during Eid. So sweet being back in Europe again. Still getting the hang of my job.
October: Mr. Crab attended an Econ conference in Dubai. Afterward Mrs. Crab flies down for the weekend. And hey, it finally rained for the first time!
November: The Two Crabs welcomed our first house guest, our friend from London who now lives in Dubai! Yay! Also attended our first Marine Ball. The busy season for our section begins. Work is really ramping up, long hours but rewarding work.
December: It was all hands on deck as Sec. Clinton visits Bahrain! The Two Crabs welcomed our first house guest from the U.S., Mrs. Crab's college roomie from NYC. Welcome! Christmas in Bahrain was nice family time and lots of house parties with fellow embassy workmates.
(I got lazy after August above. Sorry)
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