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Well, Dad was discharged from the hospital on Saturday, which is good news.  He has appointments lined up with the surgeon, the oncologist, and who knows who all else to go over the follow up on his surgery and to discuss options for chemo and/or radiation.  And, he got some good news on Friday that the biopsies that they’d taken on his liver, nearby lymph nodes and other parts of his pancreas all came back negative, which is a good sign.  So, we’ll see how things work out from there.  I still wish I could be there to help out with things as he recovers, though.

My HHE came on Thursday and it went smoothly.  All of the boxes were accounted for and so far no damage, though I still have a lot of boxes to unpack.  It’s been amazing to sleep in my own bed, have my own couch, and just generally feel a bit more settled despite the unpacking to come.  The diplocat is also enjoying climbing on and rummaging through the boxes.

The econ course continues to econ.  It’s a lot of info to absorb and some days my eyes start to glaze over as my brain reaches its saturation point, but I’m learning a lot and keeping my head above water thus far.  So, so far, so good.  We’ll see if I still think that way later on, though.

I’ve also been fighting off a cold for the last week or so.  It hasn’t been awful, but it’s been persistent and has interfered with sleep and generally feeling well.  Friday evening, I almost had myself convinced to go to a clinic on Saturday, but I woke up feeling a lot better on Saturday, I think in part because the weather shifted from being damp and chilly to just chilly, without the dampness.

So, that’s what’s new here.  Hope all’s well in the blogosphere.

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It’s starting to act more and more like fall here.  The leaves were beautiful but many of them have now fallen off the trees and it’s getting chillier.  I know that it will still get a lot colder, but we’re having highs in the 30s and lows in the 20s (farenheit, y’all), which is definitely cold by central Texas standards.  I’ve gotten a lot of the stuff that I’ll need for winter, like a serious winter coat, snow boots, rain boots, etc.

I took a few days off last week to work on unpacking a bit more, settling in, etc. I still have more to unpack though.  My apartment here is a lot smaller than my house in Ciudad Juarez, so I have to work a little harder at organizing stuff and figuring out where to put everything.  I can’t just shove a bunch of stuff in the study, close the door, and pretend that I’ve unpacked everything like I did in CDJ. So, I’ve been slowly unpacking and organizing stuff and trying to make everything fit.  It’s a work in progress, but I’m making progress, bit by bit.

I was sick for several days two weeks ago.  I’m not sure what I had but I was really tired and ended up sleeping for the better part of several days.  I tried to go in to work twice but couldn’t last the whole day.  Being sick on your own is a bummer and it made me miss home a bit.  Plus, now that I’ve been here for two months some of the newness is wearing off and I’m settling in to a routine.  It’s a normal part of culture shock to be a little homesick at this point because the newness has worn off, but you’re not yet totally at home in the new place.  So, as great as Ottawa is (and it really is!), I’ve been missing friends, family, and places in Texas these past couple of weeks.

So, that’s the news here.  Hope all’s well in the blogosphere. 🙂

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With my triumphant return to consular work, I seem to have picked up a cold, too.  I’m sneezing a lot, my nose is runny, and I feel generally stuffy and achy.  Now, I’m actually going to blame this bug on a coworker that I spent 2.5 hours with in a small conference room yesterday, whether or not it’s actually the same bug he had.  He may seem perfectly nice, but he was clearly out to get me with his coughing.

However, I have found that I have gotten more cold/respiratory bugs here than I’ve ever had before.  I don’t know the cause of each one, but I generally blame them on consular work, because when you’re seeing 35 IV applicants and handling a ton of their documents or seeing 120 NIV applicants in a day and handling their passports and such, you’re exposed to a LOT of germs.  It’s kind of inevitable that, no matter how much hand sanitizer you use, you’re going to pick up some bug from someone sooner or later.  I find that making bad jokes about how I’m “sick of consular work” or “allergic to visas” helps me feel better while sneezing.  Then again, I usually find it helpful to make bad jokes.  It’s one of my specialties.

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