Almost everything is out of boxes, but that doesn’t mean I’m moved in. There’s lots left to do.
First cut was pretty much take it out of the box and put it down somewhere, anywhere. Other than a few books, that’s been done. Now comes the fun part. Putting things where they belong for the long haul. Replacing using my laptop for all my home computing needs with my desktop (and putting Skype on my desktop). Putting my bicycle back together. Putting all the shades on the lamps and the lamps where they go. And making a run at organizing the kitchen and pantry.
One big challenge is going to be hanging pictures. The walls are, more or less, concrete. I see pictures on people’s walls, so I know it can be done.
The damage count continues to be low, and nothing I can’t fix.
In other news, our new Ambassador arrives Sunday night. We’ll see him first thing Monday morning. Here’s his bio:
James Knight, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, most recently was Director of the State Department’s Office of East African Affairs, which provides political and economic policy support and liaison for Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, Somalia, Tanzania, and Uganda. Mr. Knight was previously Team Leader of the Ninewa Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT), based in Mosul, Iraq. Before Iraq, Mr. Knight was Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) for the U.S. Mission to Angola. Previous assignments include DCM for Embassy Praia, Cape Verde; Country Affairs Officer for Ethiopia in the Office of East African Affairs; Political Officer for Embassy Antananarivo, Madagascar; Political, Economic, and Consular Officer for Embassy Banjul, the Gambia; and General Services Officer at Embassy Lagos, Nigeria. Before the Foreign Service he worked as an economic development specialist for the U.S. Agency for International Development in Niger and as a software developer for the private sector. Mr. Knight holds a PhD from the University of Chicago.