Sunday, July 25, 2010

On Our Way

We are on our way! OK so we are not on our way to Malawi just yet. We are on our way to Kentucky where we will get a chance to catch our breath for a few days before we head to DC and then on to post.

San Antonio is where the bulk of our families are located as well as our closest friends. It is the place I miss most in the world. The place I want to be when I have a bad day at post. To our families, the ladies of Mainland Square, and everyone who makes this place home even though we don't live there anymore, thank you for putting up with us for the last few weeks and letting us totally wreck your schedules. I can't wait to see y'all again! Have a great rest of the summer. As for myself the sum total of my plans for the next few weeks involve sitting on the porch swing, sipping sweet tea, and doing as little as possible.


Bryn said...

I grew up in SA so I know how you feel!!! I totally miss Taco Cabana. Everytime I'm there, it's my first stop.

David L. said...

Have fun in Kentucky. Tell them you know me, and they'll take care of you.

Monica said...

malcolm and i burst into tears as soon as the door shut. miss you lots already, friend. all blessings on y'all and can't wait to read posts from malawi. :o)))

Roger Kent said...

รง Dear Naomi

Greetings. I am a Training and Development profession living in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California.

I am responding to two RFP’s for the Foreign Service Institute for “experiential learning” (ropes courses etc.) in Leadership and Team Building. I can give you the two proposal numbers, one for civil service FS folks and the other for FS Officers, if you wish to verify.

I was wondering if you have a moment to answer two questions:

Q1: What are the particular challenges of leadership and/or teambuilding that you find in a Foreign Service posting?

Q2: If there were one thing you would like FS Staff to know before a posting overseas about the interpersonal/leadership challenges of this assignment what would it be?

One proposal is due Friday 7/30 and the other Wednesday 8/13. I would not mention your comment by name in developing my proposal only by continent: “…from a Foreign Service officer currently serving in Africa”

I am happy to Skype you at your convenience if you don’t feel like putting finger to keyboard.

Thank you.

Roger Kent
Nevada City, CA

I know not how to aid you, save in the assurance of one of mature age, and much severe experience, that you can not fail, if you resolutely determine, that you will not.
-- A. Lincoln July 22, 1860 Letter to George Latham

Jae said...

We miss you already Shannon. It was great having you back in the 'hood. You blended back in perfectly - as if you never left. I hope the next adventure (post) enriches your brain and heart. :)

Jill said...

Safe travels lady as you move on... looking forward to hearing all about your new adventures!

Melissa V said...

It’s Friday, and that means that the Weekly State Department Blog Roundup is up – and you’re on it!

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