Wednesday, December 31, 2008
One Year Ago Today
One year ago today I moved to Hawaii. One year ago right now I was on a plane over the Pacific, not quite ready to come, not quite sure what Hawaii had in store.
New Year's is always a time to reflect on the past year, so it's interesting it falls on exactly the day my life changed significantly from what it has been for the previous 4 years. I still miss my Woods Hole friends enormously, I still miss my Woods Hole life to be honest, that really was somewhere I could have stayed forever. The difference between now and a year ago is that Hawaii and I have come to an understanding, though trying to work through the Hawaii time all the time still frustrates, I now know what i'm up for, I "expect" that I will not get paid on time, to be reimbursed for a trip will take a month and the secretary will get it wrong at least 3 times first, to order a scalpel will take 2 months, to go camping I will have to trek downtown and wait for at least an hour. Expectation makes it all bearable, rather than tearing my hair out all the time. Not that I still don't tear my hair out now and then when it all converges to everything that I'm trying to do, but I now also enjoy the things Hawaii has to offer more, and Manoa is now "home".
So what will the New Year bring? I'm not sure, a time of flux for me again, time to find that ever elusive permanent job, maybe even time for yet another move. This next year scares me, in a different way from this last year (this last year was an excited scary) as there are just so many unknowns. Where will I be a year from now? I do not know. All I know is there are going to be many big changes next year.
I hope you all have a great New Years eve. We are one of the last places on earth to celebrate the New Year, so we'll catch up with you all eventually......