Matamoros, Mexico: Washington, D.C.:

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

T-Minus 30 Days

The clock is ticking. I leave for post in less than thirty days. I've still got quite a bit left to do, but I am SO ready to go.

Here's just a quick snippet of my upcoming to-do list:
  • Write and send introduction letters to principal officer, DCM, and Ambassador.
  • Clarify my possible visa situation as a result of being reassigned.
  • Verify that my new assignment doesn't require any vaccinations I didn't already get.
  • Find, get a loan for, and buy a new-used vehicle (Xterras, anyone?).
    • Get insurance for said vehicle.
  • Schedule and prepare for my packout.
  • Consider whether or not to buy furnishings here and ship them or just buy them in Brownsville, TX.
  • Change mailing addresses for all of my regular subscriptions.
  • Finish applying for my SENTRI pass.
  • Take and pass the Spanish exam, hopefully receiving a 3/3 or better.
  • Complete Crash/Bang (heck YES!)
  • Make a will.
  • File my taxes, if possible.
I'm sure there are some things that have already slipped my mind, but I'll use this list as a starter.

And the great thing is that I'm a huge fan of lists and checking things off. This bureaucratic job I have is great for that.

Until next time... peace.


  1. Yep, Kacey.. make a will. They strongly recommend it for FSOs, especially those of us going to dangerous places. I suppose that's part of life, no?

  2. Not sure if you already have them or even want them, but here are a couple on my list:

    - Get professional liability insurance (for CON, I was told it was very good to have)
    - Get Immediate Benefit life insurance

    Good luck with the move!

    Yang (158th)

  3. XTerra, hands down my favorite vehicle of all time. I highly recommend it. Been driving mine for eight years. I'd sell it too you except I love it way too much.

    Brownsville doesn't have the largest selection of furniture stores although Brownsville doesn't really have a large selection of much of anything. However, I would think it would be alot less hassle to buy there than ship.

    Jealous that you're living so close to Padre not so jealous that you're living in Matamoros. Used to spend a day or two there shopping a couple times a year. But now even this Mexican isn't crossing the border any more.