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… Read More On loss and grieving.
Oh, Ferber sleep training, I am so sorry I thought I was too good for you. I am so sorry that I thought letting Jasmine cry was cruel. I am SO SO SORRY. We should have done this month s ago. Before anyone gets their hackles up about TERRIBLE MOTHER and CRUELTY and HOW COULD… Read More Oh, Ferber, I love you so much!
As GSO, I recognize the importance of eating my own dogfood. If I’m going to deny a privilege to the rest of the community, it’s important that I deny it to myself as well. That said, it was awful hard to ignore the niggling voice (aka Bertrand) whispering that it wouldn’t hurt anyone if we… Read More On new homes and the arrival of our STUFF!
So. Housing. I have seven portfolios here in Freetown, of which every single one takes up more than 50% of my time. You’re telling yourself that 7 * 50% is actually 350%, and a person can’t have 350% of a day, but that’s where you’re wrong. I’m magical. Anyway, housing. If I weren’t the GSO,… Read More On moving. Or not.
Three months in and I still love my job. I’m told that the low point is at about six months, so I figure I’ve got three more months to enjoy myself before frustration sets in. Right now, the most frustrating parts of my job has been how inadequately trained I am, not in hard skills… Read More On 3 months in Freetown and becoming a manager
Sundays are cooking days. I get up early, go to the market, then prep all of our meals for the week. Here in Freetown, the routine is changing somewhat because I don’t have any way to get to the market. Until my own car arrives in a few months, I have to use motor pool… Read More Lazy Sundays
We have indeed arrived in Freetown. I have walked 10k+ steps every work day since I’ve arrived. I’ve also lost five pounds, which is pretty incredible considering that I eat DELICIOUS CARBS AND OIL for lunch every day. And dinner. And snacks. Mmmmmm. Our kitchen is awesome. We can actually fit all of our tupperware… Read More Freetown bound. No wait, we’re already here.
The trip to Freetown was not as difficult and harrowing as expected. On all three legs of the trip (DC -> Brussels, Brussels -> Lungi Airport, Lungi Airport -> Freetown), people were incredibly understanding and helpful about the baby. As someone whose friends are largely child-free by choice at this point in my life, it’s… Read More We made it to Freetown!
We’ve narrowed down Jasmine’s food allergies. She’s allergic to dairy and soy, two things that are really hard to avoid here in the States, but will not be at all hard to avoid in Freetown. Everything has a way of working out. I’ve also figured out a blogging schedule. That is, I’ve figured out where… Read More Good-bye, January, hello February!
Happy New Year! I have been utterly consumed by friends and family over the last few days. It has been wonderful! Also wonderful, I finally got a chance to sit down and answer emails yesterday. If Baby J sleeps for a few more hours this morning, I’ll do the same today. Yes, it’s a major… Read More 2012 goals: Keep it simple, stupid!