Thursday, January 7, 2010


Sorry I have been so neglectful. I just have not really felt in the mood to update. I still don't really, but we shall see where this goes.

Last week my school had "monita." Which is essentially a secret santa gift exchange coupled with a sort of awards ceremony. I sang "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" which was terrifying and funny considering the event was on New Years Eve. Many teachers received cakes and champagne and placks from the director and another teacher dressed up as Santa, only wearing blue and white, which I think comes from Russia. Mongolian New Years has a lot of christmas elements. In fact most people seemed shocked and a little jealous when I explained that we have both. Americans don't get Tsagan Sar which happens in February this year, so I guess that makes up for it. It was fun, although it started late, ended late, and I was freezing the whole time. I got a package of goodies (juice and chocolate) from the school and an awesome picture from my "monita." The picture has 3D qualities to it and is of the 4 friendly animals. (Dove on a Rabbit on a Monkey on an Elephant, which I think comes from Buddhism.) I gave my "monita" a card I made for Loving Hut restaurant Dinner for Two.

Afterwards, All the PCVs in town got together at Esayes's new apartment. (His previous one got flooded.) I had one drink, waited until midnight, and went right to sleep. Esayes and Brandon stayed up to watch LOST, but not this kid. I like sleeping so darn much. Although, my wallet went missing earlier that night, it was a pretty good New Years. (In spite of the fact I was too tired to jump off the couch at midnight)

The next morning, I got up super early and walked with Brandon to the bus stop. I sent him on his way to UB and headed home. It was a long cold walk to take so early in the morning, so I took a nap to reward myself.

That weekend I made more christmas cookies and took some to the post office after they called to tell me I had a package. They seemed to like them and the package from my glorious mother had food coloring in it, so the second half of the cookies had red and green frosting, while the first half only had white and vaguely brown, from chocolate powder.

This week has been fairly univentful. Patrick came back from his American holiday, which is nice. I also found out from my friend Melinda who is a VSO volunteer from Australia that a Mongolian man she knows is interested in building a frame for my hammock. I really hope this happens. It would be so much fun to have my hammock up in my ger, plus it would mean having guests without sleeping on the floor.

Tonight is Eastern Orthodox Christmas, so we are heading over to Esayes's again for some traditional Eritrean dishes. I twisted my knee yesterday walking home. It was already feeling a little sore, i think from all the squating I do, and now it hurts alot. poo poo Tomorrow apparently is some sort of competition that I am expected to sing an English song at. oh boy!

I miss you all so very much! love, C

PS It is very funny to me what is happening on Facebook right now between PCVs here and their friends at home. Their friends keep posting how cold it is in America and the PCVs are getting a little haughty about it. Things are being posted like, "YOU THINK THATS COLD!" and "YOU HAVE CENTRAL AIR YOU WEENY!" and "it's NEGATIVE 35 here and all I have is coal and a stove!" HAHAHAHA!


Deirdre said...

ipeee!!! A post! A post! A post! How come you didn't feel like it? Are you depressed? Are you constipated? Are you drinking enough water? Getting enough sleep? I just worry when I don't hear from you. I am always concerned that you will grow so weary form your day-to-day hardships that you will quit having fun. My heart will break right in two if you quit having fun...
Madeline is back in the drivers seat. She has driven Grandma around quite a bit. She did science homework for about 1 hour last night, so maybe she is passing science now. No CSI:NY last night.
Claire has a soccer tournament in Spearfish this weekend. Indoor. Of course it is way too cold and snowy here to be outside. You would not believer how cold and snowy it is...
Grandma seems to be ok. She was grumpy yesterday and did not want to come over, otherwise we have had her over everyday. So Madeline stopped yesterday to make sure she did not want to come over for supper and she was already eating dinner.
We have another box ready.... I love getting boxes ready....It is my new hobby.
I am so happy to read you again. You are the most of the best. I mean it. STAY warm. You are loved more than all the stars in the midnight sky... love, ma

kate said...

Yahoo! My mornings just aren't the same without reading you! I'm happy you pulled that out of the hat, even if you didn't want to.
It's cold here, and snowy. I want to go to the pool, I feel like I've forgotten what my body looks like.
I'm taking a poetry class this quarter, which is actually a huge commitment. Twice a week, and then homework. Novel, to be back in school. No one seems to notice I'm old enough to be their mother. The piano is coming back next week. I'm excited, and strangely apprehensive. Aunt Pat wants the recliner -- NOOOooooo!
I'm interviewing roommates. This is hard work! I just hope it pays off. I'm ready to live for free now. But living with mo-rons wouldn't be worth it, know what I mean?
My fire pit makes me very happy, fun to have a fire at night, and stare into it.
I hope you are happy! I'm glad you have so many friends.
Be well,

Andy said...

Thanks for the fb birthday wishes! I'm going to Brookings in 2 weeks and i will wish that you were there! I'll probably go to Cottonwood and pretend that i'm there with you and Camber. It will be awkward and hilarious.

Deirdre said...

dear cakey,
u r the coolest person in the world. i luv u so much and miss u lots. u rock my univurse. this is claire btw and u r the best best best best best best sister i llllllllooooooovvvvvvvveeeeee u!!!!!!!!!

January 7, 2010 5:30 PM

Manny said...

hey cakey!
i love you very much! and i also miss you like the dickins!
madi <3