Posted by on Jul 25, 2011 in Blog, Personal Stories | 1 comment

So I’m struggling to write a post here, and I think it’s largely due to my negligence to do so in a while. There’s been a lot going on, as well, so that doesn’t help to narrow it down. I think I’ll grab a couple of photos and expand upon them. I’ll find some that have yet to get posted anywhere else… in the meantime, if you want to follow my one photo/day entries you should do so on my twitter account.

We’ve seen a lot of good people head out on us this summer. This is a shot taken on the last fire drill that Ollie Peet would ever lead us (Fire Team 2). He’s headed back to the UK to finalize adopting his daughter.

Fire-Team-2

Ben Calvert and I had a good last walk through Freetown before he left to get married. It was my introduction to street meat. I got some tortillas in the mail a week or so later, and have been trying to get out and make a street meat kebap ever since. It has yet to pay off. They’re so easy to find when you’re not hungry and impossible to locate when you are. Street meat is a good source of spice though, and probably various parasites.

Street-Meat

I’ve been telling people lately that it’s going to be a miracle if I come home alive. It’s only been in small steps, but I’m steadily becoming an adrenaline junkie. I’ve taken to climbing very high, very exposed structures. I pierced a friend’s ear last week with an 18 gauge IV needle (right through the cartilage). Driving around here doesn’t even phase me any more…

Cyle-Up-High

Exposed-Stairwell-fun

The last few weeks in particular have been insane. I released my first book, White Shores (the first in the Vitalis Chronicles trilogy), had a launch party/reading, had my birthday, and had the Goins family visit me from the States. All the while I continued climbing and piercing things, though never at the same time.

White-Shores---My-first-novel

Jannelle-Wehrman-reading-from-White-Shores

Dinner-at-Montana-in-Freetown

Goins-family-and-the-Africa-Mercy

This is the swag the Goins brought me all the way from Spokane. Note the high density of cats and half-naked men. And a pig loofah. My friends seem to remember me in a really interesting way. Granted, I expect half-naked men from Miller so that wasn’t a HUGE surprise. Thanks guys for thinking of me and sending that stuff along! It was a real blessing to be remembered like that.

Birthday-Gear

And yes, those are stickers of the crucifixion. Four pages worth.

I’ll try to do better with staying on top of all of this. I’m just a little overwhelmed with life at the moment. Things are calming down though, thankfully, and I’m headed on vacation soon. Originally I had thought I would be able to make it the whole field service without a vacation. But that was before they decided not to go to Tenerife for shipyard, and before I really knew much of anything. I’ll be headed to France for a few weeks next month, and am making it my goal to finish the second book in the Vitalis Chronicles while I’m there.

Freetown-Sunset