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Months, days and weeks Feb. 14th, 2012 @ 04:35 pm
It's been far too long since I've posted. Part of the reason is that I've moved most of my thoughts to Facebook. The other part is that I don't really feel like I have anything interesting to post from my current assignment - Kabul - and by the time I get back from any of our vacations, I'm too focused on work to post anything.

But, just in case anyone is still reading this, we have 4 1/2 months left in Kabul. 4 1/2 months in a 25 month tour.

Hopefully after we leave here, I'll be more motivated to post.

We'll see.

Dust May. 28th, 2010 @ 12:37 pm
I didn't believe the information that I was reading about the dust and dryness in Kabul. I figured it couldn't be any worse than what we had experienced in Almaty.

Boy was I wrong.

We've been here for 2 days and both days in the afternoon have had wind that kicks up so much dust that it obscures the mountains. It gets into everything and just dries out your skin. I'm drinking more water than I thought possible, but I still feel dehydrated.

No wonder everyone wears clothes the color of dust.

Packout Dec. 13th, 2009 @ 03:23 pm
The packout nightmare of organizing has begun in earnest. I'm way behind where I usually am at this point. I mean, we're only a week out and I'm just now starting to think about what to put in the airfreight vs. the land freight, let alone the suitcases. I learned today that we only get one free suitcase a piece on our flight. The second suitcase cost 50euros. The 3rd, 200euros. On our flight between Seattle and DC we have to pay for both checked suitcases, and the cats of course.

Friday night we went out for dinner and drinks (and got home at 2am) with my Procurement staff. They said the reason that I haven't organized our stuff for packout is because I don't want to leave.

They are right. I don't. But, we have to. This is what we signed up for. I can only hope that we like Vlad half as much as we've enjoyed living in Greece.

I think I need to take a day off this week to do more organizing. Just having next weekend and evenings isn't going to cut it for me.

The hardest part is planning for 9 months of living between Seattle, DC and Vlad on just 4 suitcases and 450lbs of airfreight. Sure it can be done, but it's a pain to think about it.
Current Mood: stressedstressed

3 weekends Dec. 6th, 2009 @ 08:59 pm
That's all we have left in Greece. Three more weekends. I'm very sad to be going. I've really enjoyed my time here. I've felt as comfortable living here as I have in the U.S.

Sightseeing tour of Athens Oct. 7th, 2009 @ 10:45 am
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» Coffee break on Milos. Day 1 of islands
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» Shakespeare at Epidavros
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» My life is VERY difficult

There are some very nice rewards in this life that I lead. Travel is on the top of the list of my reasons for pursuing this career. So, far, we've done very well in traveling as much as we can inside and out of the countries that I've been posted to.

Earlier this week, I was in Rhodes, an island at the bottom of the chain of Greek islands and so close to Turkey that I could see it from my hotel window. We were in Rhodes to support a Congressional Delegation of Senators McCain, Lieberman and Collins. Being the Management Officer on the trip, I was behind the scenes for most of the visit and didn't spend much time at all with the Senators or their staff, just on arrival, breakfast time in the Hospitality room and on departure. Despite my reluctance, departure gained me a snapshot with all three Senators. I'll post it on FB tomorrow.

Rhodes is a great island and I can't wait to take Brian back. The hotel was very gracious in their support of us and made the entire trip go more smoothly than I could have imagined.

This pic is from me cannibalizing the breakfast spread after the delegation left for the morning. It would have gone into the trash otherwise, so I didn't feel so bad. I took advantage of the downtime to have a bite to eat and enjoy the calm before we had to get the luggage loaded onto the plane.

Between the visit in Corfu and now, I've learned to take the small moments and use them because supporting visits (of any kind, but especially off-site) mean little sleep and constant work. Possibly the best part of the trip was after wheels up, sitting next to the Control Officer with our legs dangling in the infinity pool.
» Lunch in Tsotili
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