You’ll do fine. You got heart, you got brains, and you got the spirit to...– Smiling Jack, “Stone Junction” by Jim Dodge
Whine, whine, whine
Today I woke up to no power (going on +24 hours now) and no functioning stove. Without any knowledge of when I’m getting paid next (it’s complicated), the roughly $90 USD for more gas is hard to swallow. Realized we are actually quite lucky after talking to a neighbor, and hearing the rest of the quartier doesn’t have any water. The lack of ability to cook + charge a computer...
I like my New Year’s resolutions to be more like a to-do list, and less along the major life changes route. So here’s where I’m at for 2012: 1. Get back to the business of learning French. I was right on track before arrival — taking French classes in Portland and cramming Rosetta Stone into any free time I had. During my first three months here, I was attending...
I remember the first time I ever really got sick, sick away from home. I was a college student in Portland, OR — and my sore throat felt like the worst pain in the entire world. (Why do mothers not accompany you every where in life for situations just like these?!) Now, I wish I could go back 7 years and tell that Leah to buck up — because at some point you’ll be sick in a...