A few days ago, I passed my halfway point of this deployment. Of course, that means it’s all downhill from here.
Last week was probably the busiest I will be during this deployment, so the downhill journey is already under way.
This is a relief to me because I was starting to buckle under the pressure. I’ve worked every day since the middle of June without a day off.
When I worked for CNN, there were times where I worked for 10 days in a row. By the eighth day, I was pretty burnt out.
Here, I don’t think burn out is really the diagnosis. It’s more like an immolation (look it up).
So, more and more, I’m thinking about what I plan on doing when I get my week off in October. I’ll be heading to Qatar, which is a very rich country in the Middle East.
If Qatar is the really nice neighborhood where all the celebrities and rich businessmen live, then Iraq is the neighborhood where you don’t drive at night for fear of getting carjacked or shot… or both.
Once I get back, it will likely be very close to my two-month mark. I imagine those last eight weeks will just fly by.
I miss my family and my dogs. I don’t want to reduce the importance of that, but I also miss having a mattress that doesn’t bend in the middle. It’s the little things.
(Photo via Flickr)