Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Foreign Service Companion

This is a bit of a shameless plug, but a well-deserved one.  The Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW) has compiled a wonderful book written by Foreign Service community members about the realities of moving your household in this crazy lifestyle.  I contributed a chapter about Hattie - a story which will be very familiar for regular readers of this blog.

From AAFSW's website:

"We are pleased to announce that “The Foreign Service Companion: Moving Your Household Without Losing Your Mind” is now available for purchase in paperback or Kindle e-book format! Written and edited by members of the Foreign Service community, this anthology of advice and stories will be your “companion” as you navigate your next Foreign Service transfer.
Topics covered include:
  • leaving the U.S. for an overseas post
  • returning “home” to the Washington, D.C., area
  • moving to other posts in the U.S.
  • sorting and downsizing belongings before packout
  • digitizing and backing up important household records
  • creating a home inventory
  • helping children of various ages deal with a move
  • safely shipping pets
  • packing for an ordered evacuation from an overseas post
  • planning for an unaccompanied tour
  • shopping for consumables for a hardship post
  • special considerations for foreign-born spouses
  • taking care of ourselves during a transfer
  • and much more!
All profits from the sale of this book will benefit AAFSW and help fund our activities and services.  And it is just $8.99 from Order your copy today!"

And now back to my Harry Potter marathon in preparation for London.  I promise to get more safari posts up soon!