Sunday, January 31, 2010
Community living is always tough, but when you add multiple cultures into the equation the problems can quadruple. This is a hard transition for everyone and also one of the most valuable part of a DTS. You learn intercultural communication, self-sacrifice, conflict resolution, and a new appreciation for people.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
So we went with couches! Cheap and relatively comfy [not too mention slightly ugly], but not so comfortable people would fall asleep.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Then on Sunday, the clouds broke with dramatic thunder, lightening, and rain. The storms may mean losing our electricity, but it's worth it to stand in the rain and feel the cool breeze.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Though we spent most of the day in the car, we sat by the pool for a few hours to cool off then ended the day at a local pizza restaurant. Even though I was sunburned and exhausted by the end, it was a great way to finish off our first week of school!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
But no, she had come across a family looking to give away their three year old cocker spaniel, Jewels, and wanted to know if we could keep her.
Now, I love dogs and I've always wanted one of my own, but I wasn't sure I could handle the responsibility of an animal at this point and with everything else going on in my life. Hayley and I came to the conclusion that we'd have a trial run and see how it goes. If things don't turn out, there are several other people that may take her.
Jewels is very much an outside dog and while I love that she can be independent and we don't have to worry about her during the day every night she comes inside covered in burs, stickers, leaves, mud, etc. and did I mention it's tick season?? But other than that, she's a great dog. She sticks to our heels during the day, sleeping underneath our chairs, and occupies herself when we're away. She's also amazing with kids! [hint, hint Lindsey]
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
We start class tomorrow and I can hardly wait!
Thursday, January 14, 2010
We had fun painting a big, blank wall green. Good choice Hayley!
Welcome baskets for the students
Anneke was gracious enough to paint some beautiful pictures for our blank, green wall.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
Out of the night that covers me
black as the pit from pole to pole
I thank whatever gods may be
for my unconquerable soul
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud
Under the bludgeonings of chance
my head is bloody, but unbowed
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
looms but the horror of the shade
and yet the menace of the years
finds, and shall find me, unafraid
It matters not how strait the gate
how charged with punishments the scroll
I am the master of my fate
I am the captain of my soul
by William Earnest Henley
Photo by Jen Price
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Probably the atmosphere.