January 12, 2016
I am currently sitting in the staff-room-turned-library at my school trying to cool down after working up a sweat organizing a million* American textbooks.
I could go on a rant about the fact that no one has touched these books since they were donated 5 years ago and that I really don’t understand why someone would donate 5 copies of “Writing & Grammar for Twelfth Grade,” of all things, to a small rural primary school in Uganda where the kids barely know how to speak English.
But I digress. My head teacher insists that we keep them so I begrudgingly wiped the mysterious excrements off the covers, put them on the shelf and will watch them collect dust (but hopefully no poop) once again like the good Peace Corps Volunteer that I am.
JKJKJK. Excuse my sarcasm.** I do love Peace Corps.
Anyway, it has already been such a busy year and because I know that you really want to know what I’ve been up to these last 12 day, here’s a list! It may be a new year but my fondness for lists with unnecessarily long titles remains intact.
Things I Have Been Preoccupied With for the Last 12 Days (aka the First 12 Days of 2016)
- Getting readjusted to bucket baths, pit latrines and cooking for myself. The thought of taking a bucket bath after a month of hot showers was not a happy one but getting back to the routine was really nice, like coming home.
- Playing with my cat….or as Ugandans like to say…Playing with my “pussy.”
- Curing baby fever. My trip to Bangladesh left me with a serious aversion to marriage but, in a confusing twist, an intense case of “baby fever.” I am proud to say that I no longer have the intense and extremely untimely desire to have babies, thanks to the fact that I have a 3 month old kitten who refuses to go to sleep unless I sit down with her on my lap. I imagine having a baby would be 100X more inconvenient than that.
- Supervising a construction project. If you follow my GoFundMe campaign (www.gofundme.com/latrinesforkps), you know that we have started construction on the new latrines! If you follow this blog, you know that I hate dealing with money and the fact that I’m supervising a 27,000,000 USh construction project is basically my worst nightmare. Okay, it’s not that bad. But it is stressful. But yay! Latrines! And yay for keeping the school open!!
- Developing a library. Which brings me back to not-complaining about all the textbooks in the school library.
I have three consecutive workshops/conferences starting next week so the year is just going to get busier! I can’t complain though – however stressful it may be, I love it.
**Maybe the new tag line for this blog? Definitely the tag line for this post.