Sunday, August 23, 2015

Over-Scheduled or Under-Resourced?

It's been a busy summer and we're just about to start getting back into a regular weekly schedule, so I hope to get some of our summer activities up soon. But my head is still spinning from everything we did to "relax."

The summer time tunnel...where did all the time go?
We went back to the States for R&R this summer. There are two schools of thought when it comes to R&R:
  1. Try to go everywhere and do everything and see everyone, or 
  2. Simply go to one place and say "Come see us if you want to." 
This summer's R&R was very much the former. It was a whirlwind spanning several states and countries over several months. Well, at least for Kacey & the kids.

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School is also starting up, and that has been...interesting. Let's just say that we still feel like some of the information isn't getting to us in a timely manner. Also, having young children in the Foreign Service can be hard on the wallet until they get into kindergarten...but sometimes special arrangements can be made (even if they are last minute).

I'm in the middle of upgrading my computer to Windows 10, which means a lot of back-up preparation for photos and files. Which in turn creates ample diversion to distract myself from other things while organizing my filing system. Let the culling begin!

Lastly, we've got plans to visit Turkey in September, so that has involved some planning and online research. I even got to use a few tips I picked up during my trip to Beirut to add to my previous experiences in Istanbul.

Work has also picked up, and I've found that I come home exhausted and the last thing I want to do is stare at the computer screen any longer than necessary. Which is kind of ironic, since I occasionally use the need to be at my computer during work hours as an excuse not to have to walk through un-air conditioned buildings during the middle of the 120F (wet-bulb) day.

So, yeah, more to come when the work-life balance swings back towards the center.

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