Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Training Lull

It's not that I've given up on blogging, it's just that my life is pretty dull right now. Maybe not dull to me (though it has its boring moments), but not really interesting in the "yeh, I just joined the Foreign Service!" or "woo hoo I just found out I'm going to Norway!!" sort of way. It's a day by day sort of slog, getting up early to do my hour long commute out to FSI, sit in some classes of varying topic, and then reverse my commute back home, relax with friends, watch some Daily Show, rinse, repeat.

The one thing about not having to move to another city in order to start this new life is that, really, my life hasn't changed all that much. I get up early, feed the cat, make my way to a work environment, get done and spend the evening either relaxing close to home or find some typical DC way to entertain myself (Team Bocce, Screen on the Green, Jazz in the Garden, Happy Hour, etc., etc.). This has been my routine for the last three years, give or take some breaks for travel or some particularly unsocial periods due to chaotic work hours. And this will likely be my routine for the next 6 months. I can't complain about that, since I love my life, my apartment, and the people I spend my time with.

Right now I'm in the middle of three weeks of what I unfairly have been calling "filler training" - training that separates my required training from my language course that begins after Labor Day. THe filler designation being unfair because the classes on social media, outreach strategies, and leadership are actually really interesting and well-taught. But I'm really really looking forward to beginning my Norwegian class. I've already started reading blogs and following Norwegians on twitter, with long-ago learned words and phrases starting to float back into my brain. It's hard to believe that by February I will be expected to conduct diplomacy in this random language, but I'm definitely looking forward to conquering that challenge!

It's Shark Week - Meet Chompy at Discovery Channel HQ in Silver Spring. 

Mt. Pleasant Farmers Market. 

Grassy picnic area at the National Zoo - perfect for reading on a warm day.

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