I've been up in the Dehdadi/Marmal area for about two weeks now, though it feels like much more. After the boring near-vacation of my first couple of weeks in country, I really feel like I'm earning my pay now! Being the Officer in Charge of a project or area is challenging as an O1, though I do look old enough now that I have a bit more gravitas than the average cherry-cheeked butterbar. The positive side to having such enormous responsibility- I'm a major part of planning what will become the largest site for my agency in the country- as an O1 is that, well, I'm only an O1! I think of it like being a relief pitcher. Relief pitchers can only win the game. :-)
There are positives as well as negatives to everywhere we go. Unlike LNK, at DDII, I don't have my own little mini-apartment (CHU). I also don't have access to a vehicle. Some positive sides to being here include having showers within easy walking distance. And, having a base small enough that I can walk it- good exercise.
I work on my thankfulness, here. It gets cold; I'm thankful I have shelter. If I don't have the food choices I might prefer, I do at least have food, hot food, and plenty of it. When I go to Marmal, I enjoy the German food I get there. Not having things helps me remember how good I- and most of us, as US citizens- usually have it. Last night I grew tired of reading with my dim light bulb, and went over to our tiny PX to buy a reading lamp.
There were no reading lamps to buy. So I was reminded of how privileged I am to live in a country where I *usually* can go buy a reading lamp quickly, easily, and without it potentially interfering with my ability to eat for that day. We in the United States really have it good.
I have it good.