Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Test results...

Thank you for all of your encouragement and support! I did not end up passing my test and only missed the passing score by a few points. Although that is encouraging, I can't help but feel a little discouraged. I was really excited about the possibility of getting a job that my education had prepared me for (especially the job I'd wanted since I was an undergraduate student), the chance to live and work abroad, and to earn an actual salary. Last May is when we knew where we were moving for Mr. Rochester's grad schooling and I started looking and applying for jobs in this area. It has now been a year since that time. I have applied for over 100 jobs and still have not been able to find a job that will help me start a career. I am grateful to have a job right now, especially in this economy, but I am ready to do something other than secretarial work and would like to start earning a real salary so I can start paying off my student loans. Before we left for DC, I told myself that I would be okay with whatever happened and I've really just been trying to accept it. I can start all over with the process and retake the written test in October if I want to but I wouldn't be able to retake the Oral Assessment until this time next year. Mr. Rochester and I really enjoyed our time in DC and I will post pictures of our trip in a few days. Thank you again for all your love and prayers!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Testing time...

Mr. Rochester and I are leaving for DC tomorrow! I'm excited because we're going to stay a couple of days with some friends of mine that I haven't seen in years. We're planning on trying to sightsee as much as possible on Friday and Saturday. Then on Sunday evening we're staying at a hotel in downtown DC that is close to where I will be taking the Foreign Service Oral Assessment on Monday. My assessment lasts from 7 am to possibly 6 pm (if I pass) that day so Mr. Rochester will have to find something to do all day that day. Tuesday, we fly back home.

I'm nervous about the Oral Assessment but I've made up my mind that I'm just going to do the best I can and be okay with whatever the outcome is. Of course, if I fail, I'm sure I'll be disappointed but I can always try again (although I'll have to start all over with the written exam). The percentage of people who pass the Oral Assessment is really low so I'm hopeful but not expectant. Thanks for all of your love and support in this endeavor!

Just a quick pregnancy update--things are going great. I'm 28 weeks this week. I had another ultrasound a few weeks ago and I should be getting a third one around my 32 week mark. The baby kicks and moves around a lot and it's really comforting for us to know he's so active. I just hope his activity level stays high for the next 12 weeks!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Hide and Seek

I love this song by Imogen Heap--it's called Hide and Seek. Mr. Rochester got the CD from the library the other day and we both really enjoyed this song although the whole album was great. I've liked Imogen Heap for awhile now. Not everyone likes this type of music but I think Imogen Heap has a beautiful voice and I love her style of music. Enjoy the link!