My long absence

Indeed, it has been a while since I last blogged.  The recipe the other day was a cross-post from my other blog, and was actually an error.  For whatever reason, when I posted that recipe to the other site, WordPress also overwrote the 1,000-plus word post I had written on this site.  Humph.

Anyways, I’m trying to get back into blogging.  I promise I’ll write more as the days get longer.  I’ll have a lot more to say since I will be starting the FAST Indonesian course at FSI in February, dealing with selling 2 cars, packing out, shipping dogs, and basically uprooting again come June.  You know, the fun stuff.  I think it may be easier this time since it isn’t such a novel process anymore.  But we all know that there are always snafus in the Foreign Service life, and well, we’ll just cross those bridges when we come to them.

The reason for my blog silence was that I underwent shoulder surgery on 12/21.  Merry freaking Christmas to me.  My holiday was spent in a Percocet-induced haze, and may have involved some presents being opened, some napping (err, passing out), and a whole lot of cryo-therapy for my surgical site.  It was arthroscopic, so the surgery wasn’t that invasive, but I had a lot of damage in the shoulder due to repetitive dislocations over the last 18 years.  It wasn’t pretty.  To top all of that off, I developed an infection in the shoulder last Sunday (so not only was my shoulder throbbing but I also felt like death due to hefty doses of antibiotics and had to watch the Patriots lose to the effing Ravens – I may have asked my wife to kill me at several points in the day; luckily she didn’t oblige).

I’m currently in physical therapy, trying to regain the range of motion I used to have, and spend inordinate amounts of time each day stretching out the muscles around my shoulder.  It’s excruciating at times, but necessary.  I’m looking forward to having a shoulder that no longer slips out at will, and maybe even get back into swimming and surfing when we get to post.  A boy can dream, right?

Otherwise, things have been pretty normal, and that is good.  Being in the U.S. is kind of centering for me.  I have a different set of priorities here, and it helps me re-focus and re-energize for our next tour.  Living in SE Asia will be an interesting and rewarding experience, for sure, but it will also be draining and frustrating.  Overseas life is just like that… unless you’re in Europe or Australia, it can be difficult to navigate daily life (I’m sure Europe and Australia have their share of problems too).  For me, I’ll have the added stress of not speaking Indonesian very well.  The FAST course is basically survival language capacity.  I’ll need to take classes over there in order to improve, and I do believe that to be in the cards.

For now, I’m going to enjoy my last few months in the States, keep seeing friends old and new, and mentally prepare myself for the ensuing chaos May will surely be.