Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Pen to Paper

I used to be one of those people who journal everyday. It may have only been a sentence or two, but it was a daily ritual to take the time to record my day. Granted, it was generally pretty boring stuff, but the simple act of getting thoughts out of my head and onto the paper in front of me was therapeutic.

I don’t journal as much as I used to. Blogging has become an unexpected outlet and I’ve grown to love it. Still there is nothing quite like taking a pen to paper. Plus, I love my journal. I spent way too much on it one day at Barnes & Noble, but I can’t say I’ve ever regretted it.

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Stay tuned for future posts from The Diary of Brittany Deniston . . .

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Heritage Day

On Thursday, South Africa celebrated what is known as Heritage Day. A chance for people to get together and celebrate their roots. I was so excited to go, because my friend, Jen Price, let me borrow her camera for the afternoon [it's a super nice camera]! I had lots of fun and took way too many photos. Below are my favorites from the day . . .




Wednesday, September 23, 2009

An African Summer

As winter thaws into summer, the rain falls and the dead grass and sleeping trees awaken once again. Warm breezes and sunny skies welcome the bugs, frogs, and snakes from their slumber with open arms. Fans unused for months are dusted off and plugged in once more to fight the futile battle against the oppressive heat.


There is no escape into an air-conditioned house and cooling down becomes a hopeful fantasy. Maybe next winter. Come nightfall, your choices are limited. Open your windows and you may catch a slight breeze, but insects of all shapes and sizes are quick to seize upon your open invitation. Mosquito bites become routine and you stop using repellent after the first few weeks. You learn to ignore the frogs that crawl in through the crack on your door and hide in your shoes. The fight to keep your floor clean during rainy season is hopeless and you learn to ignore that too.

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This is my second summer living in South Africa.

Monday, September 14, 2009