or, at least I’m going to try to.
I now have an MA in International Development Studies. I also have some grey hair (thanks, grad school), a bit of free time, and a kitchen with an actual window in it. The past two-and-a-half-ish years have really flown by. In February 2011 I started an internship at a private development contractor based in Washington, DC that turned into a full-time job once I graduated this past spring. The internship was essentially one in name only, because I more or less had the responsibilities of a full-time employee (all while taking a self-directed crash course in democracy and governance, because I somehow got assigned to that practice area with negative experience). It was also a lot more exhausting than I had anticipated to be researching and writing for work all day, then to head to class at night and attempt to make some intelligent contributions, and then spend all of my weekend time (and a good chunk of my supposed-to-be-sleeping hours) reading and writing papers. Not that I’m complaining, but when it came down to it any free time that I did have needed to be spent giving my brain cells a rest. Some of it was in the kitchen, but some of it was also spent watching Covert Affairs and re-runs of Law & Order: SVU while stuffing my face with popcorn.
I now work full time on conflict, youth, and education projects (they’re not as disparate as they seem). I love my job. I really like and respect the people that I work with. I still work on a boat (it’s a company quirk, don’t ask). DC is slowly but surely growing on me (though NYC will always be the #1 city in my book, followed closely by Cape Town). I still love cooking. So anyway, I’ll be trying to fuse all of those things here once again. Let’s see how long I can keep this up this time around.