Category: Daily Grind

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In which the Sondjos arrive in Seattle

It’s good to be home. Even better to be on the road again. We Sondjos are spending the week in Seattle saying hi to friends long lost, and beginning our quest to get to know the rest of America. Home Leave is a cash sink, and we figure that as long as we’re burning money, we might as well do it in interesting places we wouldn’t otherwise get a chance...

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Interesting things I have been reading lately

The conundrum of digital humanitarianism: when the crowd does harm To some of you this may look like heartbreaking (and it is in fact) and you may think that it is very nice for people to share this story so that maybe someone will help this family. The problem that I have with this is that whoever re-posted this did not knew that he was basically saying to whoever has...

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Stream of consciousness update

I’m enjoying the hell out of my maternity leave, but my toddler means that I’m not able to get nearly as much done while the baby is sleeping as I could the first time around. So much for my great blogging, scrapbooking, novel writing, cooking, and relaxing intentions. For example, I just yelled at Jasmine to get her goddamned TOE out of the baby’s goddamned MOUTH. I mean, Bertrand and...

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Gratitude

I am grateful that, although my toddler still puts EVERYTHING in her mouth, I can yell, “WAIT! Don’t eat that! It’s trash!” and she happily stops and throws it away. WHEW. Things she has tried to eat this morning: a silica gel packet, a dried black bean, an empty Larabar wrapper, rose petals, a black crayon. Back for the moment. I’ve been busy globetrotting, struggling through a difficult (but SO...

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Computer melt-down = Theresa melt-down

Last Sunday, my computer bit the dust. I didn't realize HOW much it had bitten the dust until Friday evening, when I tried some basic computer repair (take out RAM and put it back in, check all hard drive power and motherboard connections, etc), and nothing worked. NOTHING. Dear God. 18 months of photos, down the drain. I was able to kluge a working computer together out of an older...

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Ain’t that the truth

It’s official. I’m pregnant. No, “we” are not pregnant. Bless my husband’s heart, he’s wonderful and supportive and putting up with my oddball cravings (thank goodness for a MEDEVAC to London where I was able to eat all of the strawberries and cheese and peppermint tea I wanted). But he’s not 13 weeks in and already showing (and already up a cup size! ARGH!). He doesn’t have pregnancy acne (yeah,...

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On being disconnected.

Oh, Internet. We canceled our Internet subscription, but haven’t yet been cut off. Bertrand and I could live with the piss-poor quality as long as the Internet provider actually picked up the phone when we called to complain. When they started ignoring our calls, we decided to pull the plug. We can both think of a lot of things we can do with $240/ month that don’t involve throwing money...

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On bidding as an ELO

Mmmmm … bidding. The ELO Winter Generalist bidlist is out, and it’s just about all Latin America (with a bit of China thrown in for good measure). Bertrand and I hashed out my bidding strategy in advance, which has made putting the list together much simpler than I expected. Sweet love. It’s really been fun to imagine our small family living all over the world. It’s really shaken up my...

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On loss and grieving.

Bertrand and I lost a good friend this week. It’s hit me pretty hard. I’m happy to far from the newspapers and the gossip and the speculation surrounding his passing, but not being able to fly back to Benin to be with family and friends has been more difficult than I expected. I knew when we left for Freetown that flying home for funerals would be difficult. When my grandmother...