Don't you love long periods of inactivity?
So this blog is going to take on a more personal side of my life for the next few months (who am I kidding, until I feel like stopping again...)
I'm in Hawaii for three months. Awesome, right? Absolutely. I'm here working on yet another campaign, fighting for the good of the country and the world. Or at least to make some money and keep moving up in my field while in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Honestly, it's a mixture of both, because it wasn't even my choice to come out here believe it or not. Just was kinda told. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm happy I'm here over Missouri, which is where I expected to go. Honolulu has a few things that are better than Missouri, although BBQ food is not one. But pretty much everything else...
The climate out here is amazing. It's between 70 and 85 degrees every day, sunny, and hardly any rain...who'da guessed, right? The beaches are beautiful, and I say that having only been to the west end of Waikiki (not the Miracle Mile part) and no other beaches so far. I've been told some of the others are way nicer, and less touristy, so I hope to make it to some of them at some point. If work is not terribly busy, I plan to make some trips around to other beaches, on Oahu at least.
I haven't really explored around much on my own yet. Today I took a trip over to the gym to see about signing up but didn't pull the trigger. I really would like this trip to be an awesome excuse for me to get into shape again (I trained for a marathon in CA while on the campaign last year...) It just seems like I fall into a rut when I'm in DC, and never feel like working out. That is going to change when I get back, because I'm actually planning on being in DC for longer than a few months at a time when I get back come November. But for the meantime, I am going to try to get in a bunch of runs out here, and I still want to sign up for a gym, but when I went in, it just reminded me of why I hate gyms in general: 1) who wants to work out indoors, and 2) all those meathead douche bags I hate populating the place. I'm not a fucking tiny wimp, but honestly, I hate those guys. I don't match up to them physically, and even though it really doesn't bother me that much that my muscles aren't the size of my head, I hate the guys in there that think they are awesome.
The only thing I am certainly going to have to fight off out here is a bit of loneliness. There are a few people I'm going to be working with that I'm sure I'll be able to eat some meals and speak to out of the normal work paradigm, but that only goes so far. I plan on meeting people out at bars and restaurants, like I have done in the past, but I am still not sure how effective that'll be...I don't always make a great first impression, and it's tough to shake those...so we will see how that goes. I do know one or two friend of friends out here, so I hope I'll be able to hang out with them..but again, who knows! I guess that's the theme really. But that's also why this whole thing is exciting, as it has been for me in the past. I do know I don't want to do this forever. It's so hard to create any semblance of a normal life in one spot when you are constantly travelling for long periods of time to other areas. I have the luxury of not having anything tying me down at the moment, but I don't want it to always be that way. I want to have a home that I can get used to...but that's in the future. Ha. For now, I'm hoping to enjoy Hawaii.
I still haven't gone out here yet! I've been pretty tired at night, having woken up between 6:30 and 7:30 for workouts or work-related stuff since I got here. I think another thing is that I'm also still getting used to the crazy time difference. I mean, it's 9:30 right now, not 3:30 like I keep feeling like it is. What that means is that when I'm done with work I feel like it's time to go to sleep. It's weird though, when I went to Europe I didn't have a time adjustment period like this; at least I don't think so. I'm definitely going to hit up some Waikiki area bars this weekend on the beach. Should be a good time.