Apparently people do actually check my blog from time to time, because a few of you, my precious internet stalkers, have recently gone so far as to point out my lack of bloggery lately.
Apparently being in the US is not conducive to my motivations to write.
Let's see. Its mid June now. What's new...
Dave and I are pretty much all settled in the new place. I was worn down into picking up a HD flat screen and watching the US Open in high def in my own living room was a whole new addiction. So anyway, all settled in means of course that...
Its time to go to Africa again. I leave on Friday. Here's a random string-of-consciousness list of the things I can remember at the moment that need to happen before I leave:
- Do my taxes. This one pretty much has to happen as I'll be in Africa well past my 90 day auto-extension for being out of the country on 4/15. - Get my passport back from the Ghana consulate along with my visa for said country. - Get a hotel in Joburg for Fri/Sat nights. This one is kind of important. Rental car too. - Get malaria medication. This one I'm toying with not doing. - Balance out all the finances since the move in. - More address changes. - My driver's license expires while I'm out of the country (on my 30th birthday, actually) but there's pretty much nothing I can do about that. I finally have to go back to renew it this time. Which means I need to... - Change my return flight home from NYC to CA in August. Surfing with the bro's is pretty much shot so I'll probably be doing the trip on my own, unless I can find someone cool enough to go. - Send support letters for my missions week with the youth group in Uganda. - Book my Kili plans for the week before that. Figure out how I'm getting from Nairobi to Kili and then from there to Entebbe. - Find a replacement power cord for the video camera. - Back up the laptop. - Find a sublettor for my room (please God please make this happen). - Continue to juggle the work that now fully 3 senior partners are throwing at me like I'm some Business Development slot machine that they can pull the handle on and win every time. I don't mind doing a fair share of work but people are starting to get insane, and nobody will take no for an answer. I AM LEAVING FOR AFRICA. - Somehow catch up on about a week's worth of planning for my project that I was supposed to have done before leaving, but didn't because of the last item. - Get Netflix and the cell phone put on hold whilst I'm gone. - Fill my prescription for the anti-inflammatories for my foot since I won't be able to rehab it in Africa. Somehow it needs to be fixed before climbing Kili. They've given me a really stylish flat-soled orthopedic shoe I have to wear for the next week or so. - Get the super to come change the lights in our stupid-high ceiling and replace the gate in the backyard (the one going to the basketball court). - Tell my bank I'll be leaving them if they try to get me with withdrawl charges this time in Africa. - DO ALL MY EXPENSE RECEIPTS. I'm like a few months and few thousand dollars behind on these freaking things and I need to send them in. Maybe I'll do this one tonight before leaving the office. I'd feel really good to have that one done. - Pay the gas bill.
As you can see, blogging, personal emails, or really any personal life at all doesn't really make the list right now. It hasn't been all work, however. We did have, in the last month or so:
- The youth group's Father's Day year-end picnic yesterday. There was much razzle dazzle and nobody sliced my face open with a hubcap, so that was nice. It also ended with the tradition throwing of water on people, but Erin started it this time with Gatorade, taking it up a notch. - Jen's B-day party the night before. Crappy weather but fun hanging with folk. - Dinner courtesy of Trisha, who won some silent auction, at Django, with her and Holly and various other friends. - Taught the last two lessons of the year with youth group on Others First. - Had our housewarming party, which was off the hook. George knows how to get people grooving. - Finally took the free tango lessons in Chelsea Market. - Hosted the Arndt's son-in-law when he got sent back from customs in Cape Town w/o getting to leave the airport b/c he didn't have enough pages in his passport. That same weekend was paintball for Libby's birthday and breaking into the HighLine with Aron. - Lunch with Dave's dad to talk over my schooling options for next year. There's really nothing in the city that matches what I want to do. Its either Boston or LA which is kind of like deciding whether you'd rather have your hands cut off or your feet removed. - Lots of 8 mile runs up the West Side Highway, my new favorite place to run. Hence the busted foot. - Caught a show with Mo and Jason and Julie and Amanda and her new BF. Show was some guy Mo knows from college, he was pretty good, and it was good to see everyone. - Was in Chicago for a week for training, I think I forgot to blog about that. Training was good, made some new friends. Took it a lot easier than we used to at training, for the most part.
I think that's about it. I leave for Lusaka, Zambia (via DC and Johannesburg) on Friday afternoon. Next blog most likely from there.
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