Well, packout has come and gone. Three strangers came and took 98% of my stuff and I was actually happy about it. It all seemed to go smoothly enough and my preparation of putting a lot of things in to bags and totes seems to have speeded things along. We’ll see how everything fares and how things turn up when I get my stuff in DC. Whenever I start worrying about that, though, I repeat to myself “It’s just stuff and you got the good insurance.”
I didn’t do anything super-exciting for Canada Day, since I was in full-on packout prep mode, but a friend did invite me over and it was nice to relax for a bit and spend a couple hours with her and a few of her friends.
The 4th of July party went really well, as far as I could tell. There was a great turnout and the weather was wonderful. People seemed to have a really good time and I got to see a lot of the people I wanted to see, though it was such a big party, it was hard to find everyone.
I also neglected to mention in my previous entry that my friends L & S visited a couple of weeks ago. We were all in Ciudad Juarez together, and now they’re posted in Northern Africa and were on an R&R trip to the U.S. and Canada. It was really great to catch up with them and we did some fun things like see the actual RCMP Musical Ride performance and go to the Museum of Civilization. Mostly though, it was just really great to catch up with them. Going through an experience like CDJ forges some pretty close bonds and then it’s hard when your really good friends are spread out around the world and you see them so infrequently. Fortunately, modern communication technologies make it easier to stay in touch than in the past, but they still don’t replace the face to face time. So, anyhoo, it was great to see them.
And, since my apartment is now empty, I’ve moved in to a hotel for the rest of my time in Ottawa and will spend the next while sorting out things at work and getting everything ready to make the transition to my successor as easy as possible. Then, I start the epic trip back to the Austin-area for home leave followed by another trek back to Washington, DC to start the econ course at FSI. The Diplocat has handled the transition to the hotel well but little does she know about the epic road trip that awaits her. 😉
Hope all’s well in the blogosphere. 🙂