Thursday, October 18, 2012

Was busy all last weekend, never enough time to do the relaxing stuff you want to do, had to say goodbye to more friends. Got more beer done, feeling good about that. Didn’t get the first two batches transferred to secondary but finally got to it today. The beers look a bit light in body and didn’t have much aroma, so we’ll see. It will probably only sit for a few days as I really want to bottle this weekend, but we shall see.

In the meantime, work is good. It’s frustrating to not be very good at it but I get good feedback on how to improve. Speaking of work, the State Department hosted an incredible media session where they laid out everything known about the attack that killed our Ambassador in Libya.

Fml October 12, 2012

So here I am at 4:00 in the morning, afraid to fall back asleep in case my alarm system goes berserk again. I don't remember if I wrote about it when it happened last time, but previously it was caused by an obvious short in a wire that we found after enduring a night filled with excitement from the alarm tripping again and again. That was fixed, but tonight I wake up and realize my alarm is going off again in the middle of the night. We have heavy security doors and I couldn't hear it going off, at least not loud enough to wake me up.

It's always a little freaky to wake up to blaring klaxon and you don't want to go barging out into a problem situation. I wasn't too worried as my building is one of the most secure we have. I can't imagine any breaking in here and I figured its just another system problem. I get up, turn off the alarm, and talk to the guards. Turns out the alarm has been going off for an hour. I feel terrible to my neighbors because the guards check on everyone in the building in these cases. 2 minutes after I shut down the noise, it goes off again unprovoked, which probably means it will continue to go off at random times for the rest of the night.

And THAT is why I'm afraid to fall back asleep. I don't want to sleep through it and put my neighbors through that again. I don't particularly want to get woken up like that anymore because you wake up in such a state of high alert. It's too late for phone calls back to the states but to early for calls to Japan so here i sit. Sheesh.

Monday, October 8

This three-day weekend wasn't as great as the last as I spent most of the time curled up in bed. Friday night was a good time playing Scrabble with a bunch of people from work; I'm terrible at Scrabble but enjoyed it nonetheless as you end up spending time with people you otherwise don't see outside of work very much. Finished the night with a cigar and nightcap with a couple of friends on the roof, just taking in the city and enjoying the night.

Went to bed expecting to get up and go get ice for another batch of beer but instead felt like the ice was poured in my bed. Aches throughout my body, busted guts, and I knew I wasn't going anywhere. I bailed on the workout and ended up sleeping until 3:30. My neighbors had invited everyone over for a rooftop social and I felt okay by that time. I'd committed to staying up and watching the Oregon/Washington game with a friend here who is a huge Ducks fan, but if I hadn't slept so long I probably would have cancelled on that too. As it was, I made some coffee after everyone left the rooftop and felt half-way decent. Got home after the game intending to get up after about 6 hours for band practice only to discover that I felt like hammered shit.

I spent all day Sunday in bed or curled up on the couch (I even put a sweatshirt on, I was so chilled, the first time I've worn one in Africa). I was looking forward to staying up all night watching football and had even invited people over for bbq steaks but cancelled all of that. I went to bed early and slept late again today, finally feeling halfway decent. Even though today is a holiday I had a meeting (Nigerians were working!) and then went to the office to get ready for the rest of the week.

I'm still lethargic and feel like I don't have much strength. The worst part was not being able to take advantage of the weekend to talk to my girls. The network was crap though so even if I was in good condition I don't think I could have talked to them. I'm in bed early(ish) now so hopefully tomorrow will be good. I don't want to miss tennis tomorrow, for sure.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

A bit tired today after my first crossfit in a while.  Feels good though.

I did get a second batch of beer brewed last Monday.

Took delivery of my consumables yesterday.  Mostly liquids (gatorade!) and briquets.

Started tennis lessons yesterday.  Local coach, good guy.

Had Korean food today, but wasn’t so hungry immediately after the workout. Was expensive, especially the beer. Usually they cost between 300-500 naira but they raked me for 1800.  Crap.

Here’s an article about a new book on the Foreign Service for those who might be interested in what I do. America’s Other Army