Saturday, January 29, 2011

To Infinity and Beyond

I guess it's official - Matt and I are staying in Baroda, and everyone else is leaving.  Everyone else has already left, in fact.  They left last night.  HUGE bummer to be left behind in India again (I think this is the third time it has happened), but we'll be all right.
Me being bummed out.  I think this is from when Ben left, but it was the same last night when the others departed... maybe a little worse... maybe I was doubled up in the fetal position on the floor, but as there are no pictures to document it, we'll pretend I wasn't.  

In fact, it is probably a good thing we're staying because Matt and I have a lot of unfinished business here.... They are building a new Courtyard Marriott in town, and we'd really like to see the completion of that... they haven't broken ground yet, but I imagine in about 4 years it will be done and we can move out of the WelcomHotel for good.

Anyway, just to be clear - Matt and I are staying in Baroda (alone) to finish up this project.  He will be doing data collection until they are ready to do the test run (or until they realize it is a lost cause and sign the guarantee agreement).  So.... anywhere from 2 to 6 months... or indefinitely.  I am fully aware of how frustratingly vague that is, but it cannot be helped.  We found all of this out on Tuesday, but I just didn't have the heart to tell anyone until now.

We're doing okay... I may have been a little hasty/insensitive when I posted "Depression hurts" on my Facebook wall... sometimes sarcasm doesn't translate well over the Internet.  On the plus side, I did get a lot of concerned comments and compassionate text messages from friends, which helps.  To clarify: I am not depressed... at least not in the way that would warrant any medical attention.  I'm just bummed out, homesick and feeling sorry for myself, which isn't all that unusual for me, as you all know.  Honestly, I think that Matt and I will be great.  I actually have made a lot of friends here, (which is more than I can say about any other assignment we've had) and I know that they will help me pass the rest of our time here.  As for Matt... well, I will help him pass the rest of his time here.  On the plus side, his job just got about a million times easier, so he will probably be less frustrated and stressed out.  Cross your fingers.

In case you've forgotten, this is what we look like.  

To our families: we love you all and miss you all and will be busy buying you all loads of presents to make up for all the Christmas/birthdays we are missing. To our friends who are in nice locations: no comment.  To our friends who are in worse locations: we'd love to hear all about it!  To everyone: care packages would be more than appreciated.  Preferably filled with mood-altering substances we can abuse.  I think an addiction and then dramatic rehabilitation and recovery would really help pass the time.  Love to all.  


  1. Ahhh the joys of being married to the chief....first in and last out. Great when in your in Thailand, sucky when your nowhere holes like island off China. I feel for you!

  2. Thanks, Angela! Yeah, we'll get through this... and then *hopefully* have an awesome assignment next to make up for it!