This week marks the one-year anniversary of my employment with CBP. Starting tomorrow I'll be wearing my shiny new GS11 epaulets. News at work is that we'll be getting X-ray machine upgrades, so we're all looking forward to seeing what those will be like. Also, I made a trip to the Oakland airport on Wednesday to get my ID badge there. They only have a few small flights, so they don't have a permanent agriculture specialist staff. SFO ag specs are assigned to travel to Oakland to meet the flights when they arrive. The Oakland badge is all sparkly with laser designs, and it has "LEO" (law-enforcement officer) printed on it. Agriculture specialists are considered law-enforcement officers because we enforce federal laws, even though we aren't armed as the regular CBP officers are. There is a lot of debate over whether our uniforms should be identical (as they are now) or distinct (so that we aren't mistaken for people who have guns). The most common confusion that I see caused by our identical uniforms is when I ask to see a passenger's declaration form, and the passenger responds, "But I just showed it to you guys!" No, actually you showed it to an officer. Now I'm going to ask you about food.
Anyway, I still haven't heard back about whether I'll get a permanent morning shift. They have to wait until everyone submits their bids for desired location before they can assign permanent shifts, and the deadline for that isn't until October, so it's going to be a while. Everyone thinks I'm likely to get it, though, because not many people want to work mornings. There is a fierce battle over the afternoon and night shifts for the extra pay, but waking up early? Not so much.
On Saturday I had my tae kwon do test and advanced to an orange belt. I also received a small trophy for "best board breaking," which was nice, because last time I was the worst.
My cooking experiments this week involved making pizza using a recipe from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. This required a baking stone, a pizza peel, and a mixing bowl with a lid. I ordered the bowl from Tupperware, since I thought that was a good brand, but I was disappointed because the lid wouldn't fit on the bowl. It's just slightly too small and refuses to close. I'm debating whether I should bother returning it or just keep it to use without the lid.
I'm looking forward to my trip to Michigan next week!