Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Reasons why I havent updated...

1. Nothin new to say regarding the demo plot or garden.  Its business as usual.

2. I havent been anywhere different or interesting.  I did fall on a cactus up on the cerro, which fulfilled a desire I never knew I had to re-enact a Wile Coyote scene.
3. I had a medical check-up... OH THIS IS INTERESTING.  So I went to the dentist, and I will be the first to admit I am not always excellent at brusing my teeth.  I like to eat late at night and the water spicket is far away.  Theres a lot of bugs between my bed and the spicket, and Im not a fan.  So I was concerned about the dentist visit, as I have never had a cavity and would like to continue that streak.  No cavities!  But I did have to hear some weird stories about former patients of the dentist.  Apparently "Doctor/Patient Confidentiality" isnt a thing in Paraguay.  Out of all the stories he could have told me, he brings up this guy who was fat because he had a mental problem where he was "afraid to deficate." Oh the things you cannot unhear...

4. I havent cooked anything new, or bought any new foods.

5. I havent met up with any of the new PCVs in Ybycui.  Our schedules are all pretty different, so... Still kind of a loner.  But thats ok, Im more motivated to blog when I dont have anyone to talk to.  Because what this blog needs is more updates like this one where you get no beneficial information about my service.

Ok, so I AM working toward getting some interesting stuff going.  I am going to build a pig pen, Im getting a dog, Im going to be preparing for a half marathon.... So there WILL BE interesting stuff here.  Just not right now.  So enjoy this random meme and I will get back to you with something interesting.  Someday.  Somehow.   Thanks for reading!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Back to Reality...

Coming back from vacation for Americans is usually a relief.  Usually, at least with my family, you've cleaned the house before you left so that when you get home, you can quickly put all your suitcase items in their pre-designated places, throw the laundry in the wash, and spend the rest of the day relaxing.  Well, it's no surprise that things are completely opposite in Paraguay.

That rats have been busy, friends.  It doesn't appear that they ate anything this time though.  They just like to run around and poop everywhere apparently.  Figures.  Almost one night out of site and everything had a half-inch layer of dust on it.  Also, my demo-plot is a jungle:

That crotalaria gets tall pretty fast

Also, the frogs and the spiders... I'm pretty sure there are more spiders in there now than there were before I moved in, when my landlord was just using the house for bean storage.  They're EVERYWHERE, and in EVERYTHING.  My shoes, my dresser, my cup that I use when I brush my teeth.  WAKALA.  It's so gross.  I hate spiders, but we do have an arrangement.  The ones that live on the walls can live, but the second they land on the floor, they're dead.  Violation of this contract results in severe punishment, usually involving a shoe or one of my sandals, with no dignity as I scrape it off on the side of my porch floor.  Learn the lesson Spiders-- I'm not messin' around.
This one gets to live.  They rarely leave the walls.

This one got to die.  I don't like the hairy ones.
I had a wonderful time in the States.  It was fun to see my family and friends, I enjoyed 2.5 weeks of cold, snowy weather, and drank every cup of coffee I could get my hands on.  I seriously went to starbucks at least 12 times.  Amazeballs.

I'm going to try to do a better job in 2013 of keeping this blog updated.  I love to write, and so even if I don't have anything going on, I should be at least submitting something a couple of times a week.  New goal! I have a my yearly medical check-up in Asuncion next week, so I've going to be traveling for a bit longer.  I have some exciting new developments coming up though, so be sure to check back!