sanity Category

an omen, a full day, a creepy walk in the cemetary

So many things to say about the things in the above picture.  But before I do that, let’s set up the day: I saw fresh flowers. Fresh, I-just-picked-’em-and-plopped-’em-in-this-glass flowers.  They sat on my friend’s desk in a tiny shot glass with some pink tulle packed behind them as their curling backdrop.  Too, they sat on […]

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water and my SANITY IS GONE

I am a slave to water.  Water only runs for me from 10am-1pm, and last night I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it to Saturday which would be the next time I’d be home when the water is running.  I washed my dishes with little pots of water from the bucket, rinsed […]

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spring, cookie dough and a drum circle

I know, I know.  Wow. Very interesting Brent.  Thrilling.  But lets take a minute and really examine what this photo means.  First of all, in this cookie dough you’ll find vanilla, brown sugar and Nestle milk chocolate morsels, none of which you can find easily, if at all, in Armenia.  This is a cookie dough […]

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frozen blurbs

It’s hovering around -1 degrees Farenheit right now.  It was so cold this morning that the moisture from me breath was freezing my mustache.  And the condensation that gathered last night on the livingroom windows was frozen solid this morning.  And I almost lost fingers trying to take this picture of the tree outside my […]

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my day keeps going back to cat.

I’m sorry that all my posts seem to be about my cat.  There are more interesting things that happen during my day, I promise.  But she receives the blunt force of my inner turmoil.  Let me see if I can give an example. Yesterday was downright blizzardy.  I’ve never seen so much snow blowing around.  […]

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a milestone, a foodtastic event, and fractious

MILESTONE:  I am no longer afraid of winter.  Before last week, I had visions of my Texas blood freezing in my veins, of my host family discovering my blue, icicle-covered body, of their efforts to pry me and my frozen kitten from my bed. But as you can see, the snow came, covered everything in […]

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the crazies

I’m learning some things about myself: 1. Adopting a cat and naming her Sanity does not mean I will be more sane. On her first day at my home, I remember I was crawling into bed while she was still running desperately from bedroom to livingroom hoping we’d be staying up and playing more.  I […]

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the STRANGEST food I’ve ever eaten and other Nor Tari wonders

Yes, we’re already good and settled four days into 2010.  Yes, my American family and friends are already back to work.  BUT NOT HERE!   No no, Nor Tari celebrations are still to be had.  There are hours still to fill with visiting friends, with eating Nor Tari salads, meat pastries, and copious amounts of chocolates […]

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ho ho horovats

You thought Christmas was like, SO last week.  You are wrong, of course. Last night the World Vision crew hopped into our Ladas and drove up the hill to the old Soviet resort,  Pasionat (transliteration) for our staff Christmas Party, a preemptive event for the real Christian Christmas (re: previous post). The event started with […]

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christmas and sanity

So, the holiday season is firmly upon us here in Fridge Country.  We are ramping up for the two week celebration that is Nor Tari, two weeks devoted to celebrating New Years and Christmas (the ‘Christian’ one, as I’ve heard it said in many households here). As I’ve said before, there are interim traditions to […]

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