Well, Friday was my last day at Embassy Ottawa. Just like that, my (not quite) two year tour is over. It’s bittersweet, because there are a lot of things that I’ll miss about Canada, Ottawa, and my time there, but also exciting because I’m looking forward to reconnecting to friends, family, and Mexican food on home leave, the Econ course and reconnecting with friends in the DC area, and then eventually to Frankfurt. So, there’s a lot to look forward to.
My last week at work was spent mostly wrapping up loose ends at work, working through the massive checkout list, and seeing friends one last time. I also got to see Mosaika, a light show they do on Parliament Hill each summer. I saw it when I first arrived, and now again right before I left. Seems fitting.
It’s quite a bit to write out, but actually leaving Ottawa was not without some excitement. The night before I left, the fire alarm at the hotel went off around midnight. I was actually putting some things in my car in the parking garage when the alarm went off and had to dash up 14 flights of stairs to try to get to the cat, because the elevators were out of service due to the alarm. Of course, with all the noise from the alarm, the cat had hidden herself and I couldn’t find her anywhere and so I worried that she’d left the room when I left with my hands full to take things ot the car. Fortunately, she eventually came out of her hidey spot and they eventually said that the fire alarm was a false alarm. And, on top of that, the elevator from the lobby down to the parking garage was out of service, so that made for many trips up and down those stairs to load the car. But, Saturday morning, I eventually made it out of Ottawa.
So, now I’m in a hotel in Ohio with the Diplocat and we’ll keep chugging along until we get home to Texas. She’s been serenading me almost the whole way both days. It’s so thoughtful of her to think that I might not like the music on the radio and to come up with her own mew-sic. Anyone know if you can FedEx a cat from Ohio to Texas? Asking for a friend, of course. 😉