And we go round and round and round in the circle game

“If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium”

This has been a whirlwind of a month. It’s gotten to the point that I wake up on Sunday and by the time I get home it’s already Wednesday afternoon and by the time I brush my teeth and get ready for bed it’s Friday evening. Which makes sense, because I could never really get the hang of Thursdays.

Lots of good things are on the horizon though (possibly the most important is the return of my social life in 235 days). Other things are that I’ll be getting a working laptop at the end of December which means that I can start blogging from base and the bus again. I’m also purchasing an iPhone in July so I can just blog and answer email from the palm of my hand, wherever I am, without having to lug around the aforementioned laptop.

This being out of touch business over the past two years has really just run its course, and I’ve really run out of patience with it entirely.

Since November is around the bend my goal list has four personal goals on it. The first is, obviously, NaNoWriMo. The second is to get back into running now that my running shoes have gotten here. The third is to finish all of my crafting prompts. The fourth is to finish my paper on the Indian Language Riots and to send it off to Wolf to get it ready for publication (it’s my hope to have it published in Europe by January). I’m having a terribly hard time finding the books that I need to finish it in Israel, so I’m going to take a day off and head to Hebrew University in Jerusalem in the hopes of finding them in their stacks.

“Stand Up And Fight!”

While I’m not allowed to go into the specifics of what I do in the army, I am allowed to talk in generalities. Right now my office (the Overseas Office of the Foreign Relations Branch at the IDF Ground Force Command) is overloaded with work. We’ve been running at full capacity (and beyond), pulling incredibly long hours and logging completed missions as fast as they come in.

Through this, my crew and I have developed an incredibly tight friendship and we’ve been on the same wavelength the entire time. This has made all of the difference in the world. We’ve taken a work load that would have been impossible to handle by most, and we’ve managed to make it work seamlessly with constant overlap, redundancy systems and backup systems in place.

I’m beyond impressed with my crew. I’m taking over as Deputy Commander in June 2011 (which is the month that my contract with the IDF begins). It’s my hope that by that time, my office and my crew are the most coveted in the branch, that any position in the Overseas Office will be considered the most prestigious in the branch, that we will have the highest work output – and have the numbers to back it up – of any office in the branch, and that we will be the most respected office in the branch. Based on our current output and the level of dedication from the soldiers who are in my crew, I am positive that we’ll be able to reach all of these goals.

New York City in April

While it still has to be finalized and approved and stamped by an assortment of people, it’s looking like I’ll be in New York City/Long Island/Buffalo this April. I’ll keep everyone updated as I get more information.

This weekend I’ll be in Sha’arei Tikva spending Shabbat with a Modern Orthodox family. This means, much to the consternation of my incredibly tolerant pen-pals, that the first time I’m going to be able to sit down and write emails (and I’m about three months behind) will be on November 5, 2010.

Now, since I have to be up at the crack of dawn, I leave you with a little math:

As of 27/10/2010:
235 days (exactly) until I enter my army contract.
167 work days (Sunday-Thursday)
– 30 days (to visit family)
– 10 days of vacation (still left)
– 8 days yomim meyochedim
– 15 days of vacation starting this January
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104 work days left until I enter my army contract and can afford:
– to rent an apartment.
– to take 4 additional certification exams.
– to start my M.A.
– to pay all of my bills in one shot.
– an iPhone.
– to have a social life.

…not that I’m counting.