Thursday, April 28, 2011

Conversation with Alina

(Right after waking up last night crying with stomach pain and then vomiting)

Alina: Puking is not fun.
Me: No, it isn't.
Alina: But eating lunch is fun...
Me: You're right, eating lunch is fun.
Alina: And playing is fun...

Monday, April 25, 2011

Conversation with Alina

Me: (After Alina fell asleep in her car seat on the way to Target) Are you tired?
Alina: No, my eyes were just closing. They wanted to close and I tried to keep them open but I couldn't.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

So I Got A Camera

And here are some photos. In to particular order. I had to resize them so I hope they post ok and aren't too small.

This is my friend Mouta. He's 7. He likes Hannah Montana and taking photos with my camera. They are what you would expect. Inside of my Nutella jar, my candy, can opener. I thought about posting them but then realized it takes about an hour to upload pictures here. See Mary's recent pics and you get the idea.

Tea here is my favorite thing. It takes about two hours. Not kidding. If you rush it you can have tea in an hour, but they don't like doing that. This tea is for hanging out and chatting. You have two little pots, like this. The tea simmers in there for about 45 minutes.

Then you put it in a cup and let it sit while you make another pot. Maybe two. After that you add sugar and pour the tea into the cup and back into the pot about 50 times. Maybe I'm exaggerating. But not much. Like how you stir OJ when you can't shake it.

After that you get a shot of tea. And it's awesome. Well, each pot makes about six shots of tea. So if I'm lucky and there is only one other person there I will get six to ten shots. I will put up with a lot of nonsense for that little shot right there. Sometimes they add fresh ginger to the tea or vanilla sugar. Or peppermint candy. I think it would be fun to add cinnamon candy. We tried Hot Tamales, but that didn't work. A cinnamon hard candy is needed.

Sanga has a soccer team. Here they are. The first game the other team didn't show up so they advanced to the next round. Here is the team photo from the second game. The team was very late (two hours) and I asked one of the students what he thought had happened. He said, without missing a beat, "They're scared." They never showed up (miscommunication) and Sanga advanced to the next round. They had a game on Saturday and won. Legit.

Here's my garden. It is very lackluster because the pump for the water broke shortly after I made it. Boo. No water. Hopefully when the rains come I can do something nice. You can see my latrine and outdoor shower there. The latrine is the door on the right. I don't use the shower because I have an indoor shower. Big luxury. It means I don't have to carry a bucket full of water outside. More importantly it means I don't have to walk outside in my towel or carry all of my clothes and other things.
I made a video of the inside of my house but am having problems finding the file from the camera on the computer. Also, I can seem to login to YouTube.

Happy Easter! Here we are on an Easter Egg Hunt. You can see the pool in the background. It's nice. I'm happy here. I don't want to go back. Pool. AC. Food.

These are the other volunteers that are with me. They are nice.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Conversation with Alina

Alina: I'm four and I don't WANT to go to bed!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Conversations with Mary

Mary - I'm thinking of a number between 1 and 100. I mean 101.
Me - 100.
Mary - You got it exactly right.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Conversations with Mary

I know there are lots of silent letters in "eight."

Monday, April 11, 2011

Mary the Joker

Mary, as you may know, is quite the joker.

I will post Mary/English translations after you have had a chance to guess.

UPDATE: Here are the translations
What do you call a banana without a skin?
A banana skin.

Why is the cucumber so sad?
Because it is lonely (apparently it was alone in a three year old's tummy).

What do you call a vegetable that goes to the bathroom?
A pea.
(I thought it was a pee-pee-ya (a papaya) and told her that a papaya is a fruit. Alas, no and she spells pea with six letters)

What do you call a vegetable that sits on the grill?
A burning vegetable.

One onion plus one onion equals?
Two onions.

What do mashed potatoes and peas make?
Green mashed potatoes.

Let me know who had the most correct translations.