Thursday, November 11, 2010

Tasting freedom

We're back in the US of A, and so far we're up to 31 hours of traveling. And we're not done yet. We're in Tampa, waiting for the brother and sister-in-law to arrive before we head out for the one hour drive to our final destination. I'm predicting that we'll make it to at least 34 hours before we can finally put down our bags and shower. Seriously, I would kill for a shower right now.

Although we have a hectic itinerary, this vacation is SERIOUSLY needed. Nick and I have been going non-stop since we came back from Turkey 6 weeks ago. Nick more so than me. He's been very involved in the security contractors issue (that's PSCs, for those of you looking to add to your acronym glossary). So even though we're going to be bouncing around the US for three weeks -- Florida to North Carolina to NYC to Albany to Chicago to Tennessee (Nick)/Indiana (me) and DC -- it'll still be a billion times better than working 80 hours a week in Kabul on issues that don't seem to have a good solution.

These next three weeks will be crazy and fun, and filled with family, friends, and good food. We plan to make the most of every minute of freedom. I'd say we're off to a good start.

Our first taste of freedom: Sushi and a smoked salmon sandwich in the Dubai airport


Breakfast of champions in Dulles Airport: a beer and a screwdriver.
Hey, 7am DC time is happy hour time in Kabul!

PS: On Veteran's Day, just a quick thanks to all who serve or who have served our country. I'm proud to know a bunch more of you now.

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