Back at work now, I've come to realize how much I enjoy the folks I work for and with. As much as I don't want to be here, I do enjoy my job and I am learning a tremendous amount. I also deeply believe in what we are doing to help Iraq move towards democracy. Is that alone worth the trade-off of being away from home? We'll see.
Finally, I'm sure traveling for 48 hours had something to do with it, but I could NOT wait to get back to my little room. My own slice of privacy and space in this crazy environment. But some things never change....like dreading the porta-pottie at 3am.