Sunday, January 10, 2010

Can't think of a fancy title

I keep attempting to start blogging again and clearly my attempts are not working! I have three or four draft posts just sitting there since my last "I'm back" post but I've never gotten around to finishing them. Life is simply too busy at the moment.

But I just got a comment on a very old post so I published it and then decided that since I'm in here, I may as well say something!

I just got back to London yesterday after the Christmas holiday, but this time I came back alone. P is starting a new job in Kuwait this month, and he and our baby Thunder have moved back there. I'll be following them once I'm done with the semester, around early May. I can write from anywhere but I'm teaching three undergrad courses this year so I need to stay in London until the teaching term is over. It sucks that we have to be apart for these three to four months, but it's necessary for both of our careers so we decided that we can get through it. These next few months are crunch time for me anyway, so I guess this way I can just totally immerse myself in writing and teaching with horse-blinders on and plough through. But I miss looking up from my desk and seeing P sitting at his desk working, with little Thunder curled up on his red pillow next to P's computer.

I'm sad that our life in London is coming to a close, and we're definitely going to miss our amazing little flat here and our lovely neighbourhood and daily routine. But I think I can honestly say for the first time in maybe four years that I am actually looking forward to moving back to Kuwait. There are a lot of exciting things going on right now that I want to get involved with. Kuwait has a lot of potential, particularly in individual people who are doing interesting things, and we need to find a way to really harness all this potential and make a change. And I really feel like Kuwait is slowly changing and I want to come back and be a part of it, because change can go either way and the more of us there are pushing for good, the better chance we have of getting Kuwait out of the mess that it's in. I'm sick of being negative about Kuwait and want to go back to feeling positive about it (the way I used to feel years ago), and rather than focusing on the things I hate I want to start concentrating on how I can perhaps contribute to fixing it. I had many conversations with people over this break about ideas and projects and things to work on when I'm back, and I'm eager to get started.

So that's it for me for now. I have tons of work to do today as I'm teaching a new class starting tomorrow and need to plan out my first lecture. I don't know if this post means I'm going to start posting again - chances are it just means that I'm procrastinating!!