Monthly Archives: February 2011

Bad Puppy

I know I’ve mentioned my dog Simba before, but I don’t think I’ve ever  gone into detail about  how quirky he is.  I am mildly obsessed with this  wiley creature, but I would definitely not say he’s a good dog.

I’ve realized there are two kinds of dogs: 1. The kind that lives in people-world and though it knows it’s different, really it’s just a human with four legs and a lot of hair. This kind of dog likes to lean on you, needs attention and has a whole array of identifiable emotions.

Then there is dog option 2. the African street dog. This one is a lot more independent,  savvy,  usually likes friendly attention from humans but has its entirely own social network away from us.  This kind of dog wants a good scratch behind the ear but is not needy or particularly loyal.

Simba fits somewhere inbetween category 1 and 2. Yes he is well fed, sleeps inside, and will guard the house and compound yet he is definitely not a lap dog.  He knows his name but only comes when he wants to, is cautiously loving, and certainly moody.  Also, he’s eerily intuitive about when it’s bath-time.

Yesterday was bath-time. Because I know he understands the word, I avoid saying it the day before and I even avoid trying to think about the hose and where his special flea shampoo might be stored away.  Of course, unless it’s a total spontaneous event some planning has to go into it,  starting off with catching him.

I swear this dog is a mind reader.

Somehow he always knows what’s on the agenda and won’t even let me come near to pet or feed him.  He gets all jumpy and runs away like I’m the evil vetrinarian who castrated him.

All day long I tried to swoon him over with cheese and big bowls of food – no luck.  I thought I had him when I brought out the walking leash, but he caught on real fast and zipped away.  Finally the sun set and it was too late. Only when I had totally given up on the idea completely, Simba came strolling casually inside, wagging his tail, knowing he won that battle.

Bad. Smelly. Puppy.

 

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Introducting Mila

I think it’s about time that I offer a formal introduction to my new Peace Corps volunteer/ neighbor/ colleague.

Okay, this is Mila.

Mila, this is Okay.

Mila arrived mid-December in a blue truck along with a cardboard box,  a  big backpack, a few mats, a broom and a turtle in tow. She quickly went about setting up in her new home and making the space her own. (And oh how important that step is when you move into a house for two or more years).

Sometimes it’s hard  to figure out what the line is between what information is practical and helpful and what things someone will want or need to figure out for themselves.  But after showing Mila round town and helping her stock up her house, she has settled in rather quickly and well and I feel happy and lucky to have another new neighbor and friend.

To make matters a little confusing, Mila’s real name is Camila – which also happens to be my Portuguese Mozambican name.  While it does cause a little confusion at the office, it’s awfully easy to remember.  Because I’m tall and Mila is tiny and Puerto Rican, we decided that she can ought to use the shorter, sassier name. Makes sense, right?

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Gettin’ Back on the Blog Wagon

Okay. Okay. I know.

I have some major blogging to catch up on, holidays to review, and notes from Vilankulo (including a brush with the law) to post before my readers give up on me.   But not yet.

My camera has officially gone to the dark side and died and frankly I’ve been less than productive in my journaling and water coloring since I returned to Mozambique after new years.  But worry not – I promise to get back into the swing of things!

For now, let me just leave you with a photo of me meeting my nephew Teo for the first time in December.

I’m all puffy and red because as soon as I saw Travis and Marta walk through door at the airport I burst into a tears.

He’s really the happiest, cutest baby I’ve ever met. We fell in love instantly.

Hold tight, I’ll be posting more soon!

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