- 5 days to get home
- jet lag and waking up ready for the day at 2am then crashing at 7pm for the first week
- passed too quickly
- listening to people who incorrectly think they know what’s going on out here
- playing basketball VERY poorly- not sure if I can blame it on my messed up finger
- snow- almost every day
- confirmation that for most people and the media, Iraq is less of a hot topic than the latest about Britney, Lindsay, Paris, etc.
- some worry about family health issues
And my colleagues out here warned me that coming back would be really lousy, but I have been genuinely happy to be back. I’m not too excited about some of the work I have to do here (administrative work is not my cup ‘o tea), but then again, there are many kinds (El Guapo, did you say “a plethora”?) of work I don’t get excited about. My job is about as good as it gets in a combat zone.
The weather is beautiful (no snow!). I have a month of known work, and then up to 3 more months of doing who knows what. I’m pretty charged up for the home stretch. Which is good, because I may need to use up all of that enthusiasm- we’ll see what happens.