I haven't posted in a long time but honestly, I have a good excuse:
a) I haven't been on the internet in probably two weeks (I can't post from my work computer.)
b) There really isn't a whole lot to say.
Things are still going well here and I am making more friends all the time. The weather is sometimes unbearably hot (around 45 degrees everyday) and apparently it's not even at it's hottest yet! I finally moved into a permanent bed space so now I actually feel like I live here. The girl that was there before me even left a mat on the floor, a desk and a clothes rail! A really home-like environment, yeehaw. Too bad our space is smaller than a jail cell. Work is good but things have really picked up in the last two weeks and I have been given a lot more responsibility - right now I am doing my job, covering for someone in another sub-department, and starting Monday will begin a long-term file archiving project. At least I am kind of using my skills. We still play ball twice a week but this week we haven't played at all because most people are away on leave. Last week I got drilled in the shin with a line drive and now I have a nice big bruise to show for it. I've sorted out my leave and I am returning to Canada in 21 days! I'm spending three nights in Dubai to do some shopping and relaxing and then it's back to Vancouver for two weeks. My mom is coming out for a few days and Matt and Susan are getting married on Sept. 4th. I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone but I need to get working on my tan so it actually looks like I've been living in Afghanistan.
I've been taking lots of pictures here but won't be able to upload them until I get home. I just get way too frustrated with the slowness of the computers here and not being able to do it at work.
That's really about all I have to say. The days here are generally all the same so unless anything really exciting happens I'm sure you don't want to read about what I ate.
Oh! I experienced my first drill here and it really brought home the situation and where I am living. It didn't help that I had no idea it was a drill and was pretty freaked out. I was in the middle of photocopying when the alarm sounded and my boss told me to grab my PPE (personal protective equipment) and follow him to the bunker. We only sat in there for about 15mins before they gave the all clear but those were a long 15mins. Apparently drills can sometimes last up to 3 hours!
Anyway, time to go get my two drinks and then it's off to bed. Tomorrow's my day off and it's going to be the first day I can actually lie out and tan because my old tent was in a very public area.
Hope all is well with everyone at home and I will be seeing some of you in a month.