Something to look forward to

Kapisa Province, Afghanistan -- One of our engineers stops to kick a ball around with some locals. I took this pic last month while inspecting a road project the day after Christmas. Fun’s over ... now back to work.

Kapisa Province, Afghanistan —
One of our engineers stops to kick a ball around with some locals. I took this pic last month while inspecting a road project the day after Christmas. Fun’s over … now back to work.

Although we haven’t really stopped working during the holidays, we haven’t gone outside the wire for the past few days. But now, the new year is underway, and we’re planning to keep pressing on.

I have a little countdown clock on my computer, providing me with a constant reminder about how much time I’ve got left before I return home. As I get closer and closer to the magic day, I get excited about all of the things I’ll resume doing (aside from enjoying being with Muna and Taj.)

One of the things I’m looking forward to is driving my own car again. (There’s something to be said for having the freedom to go where you want, WHEN you want.)

Muna took my car to the body shop to get it painted. Hopefully, it will be ready today … Just in time for my return.

So, aside from the excitement of seeing my family again, I find it hard to concentrate here in the ‘stan, thinking about coming home and seeing a new paint job on my car.

Of course, I’m constantly reminded to stay focused on our task. More importantly, I can’t let my daydreaming make me less cautious out here. (What good is a car if I can’t drive it?)

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