I’ve really been slacking on any kind of substantive updates. No real excuse, unfortunately. Things here have been busy, but not so busy that I couldn’t update my blog from time to time. As I’ve posted, I’ve made it to Toronto and Quebec City for fun in the last couple of months.
Spring has finally arrived in Ottawa. The snow’s been gone for a bit and sometime in the last two weeks all the leaves started to come out and everything’s all nice and green now. It’s a very, very welcome change after what even local Ottawans say was an awful winter.
My EER (State Department-speak for annual evaluation) is now in to Washington.
We’ve had a number of official visitors, events, etc. to manage and such. Canada Day and the 4th of July party are coming up in just over a month.
The wheels are starting to spin toward my departure from Ottawa. I’ve had my packout survey, the dates are set, and I’ve given notice to my landlord. I’ve got an appointment to take the Diplocat in for her vaccinations, so there won’t be any problems bringing her back in to the United States. There are still more things to do before I can actually leave, but despite occasional feelings of panic that I’m behind on where I should be with my departure stuff, I do seem to be on track.
I’ve also made reservations for my drive from Ottawa back to Texas for Home Leave. I’ve signed up for the Hometown Diplomats program and will at the very least talk to students at my old grad school, and possibly some other groups at home. I’ll also plan to visit friends in Austin and maybe Houston. I don’t really have plans past that, though.
I have a reservation for where I’m going to stay for my first 60 days at FSI. I don’t know where I’ll live for the other 8 months I’ll be in DC, but I have some ideas and I have time after I get there to figure it out. I’ll be assigned to DC, so will have to take possession of all of my stuff, but at least I don’t have to decide what to take to Frankfurt more than a year before I’d actually get there.
I’m paneled for the FSI economics course and have also taken a distance German course to refresh some of my German in preparation for entering German class after the econ course.
And, the Texparents are coming to visit next week! I’m excited to see them and show them Ottawa. Then, later in June, L&S, friends from CDJ, will visit Ottawa.
So, it’s shaping up to be a busy last two months! I’ll try to be a bit better about blogging, but no promises. 😉 I should be able to catch up a bit over home leave though.