Guess what we did today?!
We submitted our bid list!
Thank God. I’m glad it’s over. It’s out of our hands now, and whatever happens, happens.
We had 12 days to rank all the posts high, medium, or low, and towards the end I was ready to just be done with it. It’s an exciting, fun, overwhelming, and sometimes disappointing process (“Did you know such-and-such-a-place has a some-large-number day dog quarantine, during which time the vet can do whatever it wants to your dog, including euthanizing it, and they don’t even need your authorization?!”).
There are dreams of perfect posts, expectations you hope will be met, and wonderings about how you’d cope with a low post. You talk about your bid list with other FSOs and their EFMs, careful not to talk up a post too much because maybe then they’ll bid it high too (which sounds terrible and evil, I know). You worry you spend too much time talking about The List with your non-FSO friends and that they’re getting tired of hearing about it.
Well, what’s done is done, and now the waiting game continues. But at least I don’t feel like I need to be doing more post research in the mean-time.