I leave this weekend for California, where I'll be going to EMT school for two weeks and then spending a few days seeing the kids. Then back to Portland to get ready for my trip to Africa.
I am looking forward to EMT school because it'll give me a new set of career options in the job market, and because I've been wanting to learn some basic medical / lifesaving skills anyway. The odds are slim that I'll ever have to defend myself with a gun, G-d forbid, but everybody gets hurt. I don't ever want to be in a situation where somebody is badly injured or having a heart attack and I'm standing around helplessly not knowing what to do. And honestly, the future is uncertain - who knows what the coming years may bring, or if emergency care will continue to be as accessible as we've gotten used to. Anyway, I'd much rather know basic lifesaving skills than not know them.
Being busy is good, and I'm excited about these projects, but I am really looking forward to getting into a normal routine.