The Christmas to New Years week is one of the few times that students at FSI are actually allowed to take annual leave, so I decided to avail myself of this option and went home to Texas for a little over a week. It was really nice to be home and spend time with my mom, friends, and other relatives.
It was definitely weird not to have Dad there. I think the best way to describe it is that he was conspicuous in his absence. Dad really liked to cook and saw holidays as a chance to really go all out in his cooking. If he had been there, there would have been lists, lots of different snacks, a fire in the fireplace, etc. Mom and I are both a little more low-key on those things, so it was just quieter overall. Going to church on Christmas eve was also hard, since that’s something that we’d always done as a family and it was the first time for me to be back in our church there since Dad’s funeral.
It was, however, just good to be home and spend some quality time there. Mom and I test drove a few cars, since she’s eventually in the market for a new (to her, at least) car sometime in the next few months or so. I had some good Tex-Mex and barbecue, and just generally enjoyed the break from the econ course, spending time with family, and being home.
In non-vacation news, I’ve worked out a tentative arrival date in Frankfurt, have reached out to a couple of the offices at post that are involved in the transfer office, and so on. So, things are moving along towards my departure in a little over five months. So, that’s exciting!
The econ course continues to march on. We’re working on money and banking now, and it’s interesting stuff. Next week, we’ll start on development economics, which should also be interesting. It continues to be a lot of work, and I was very grateful for the break around Christmas, but it’s interesting and I can see how a lot of it will be useful in future posts.
All in all, things here are going well. Hope all’s well out in the blogosphere.