Sunday, May 16, 2010

Dip n' dots from Outer Space

Last night, walking home, we were hit my some sort of supernatural thunder ice storm from outer space. It was pretty crazy. It was like Zeus thought Percy Jackson stole his lightning bolt and was hurtling ice kernels down at us mere mortals in anger. Or something. When I got home, I had a handful of ice in the pouch of my hoodie. Awesome as I am, I had made a huge fire before leaving for dinner so my ger was warm and cozy upon our return. Epic win.

This weekend was a nice break. There were a ton of volunteers in town and we ate a lot of good food. This week all the M19s need to go into UB for their COS (close of service) conference. So, in addition to our regular 5 PCVs in town, we had our soumers Kristen and Marissa from Kharkhorin and Brandon from Hojirt. And just because Arvaikheer is the bee's knees Lindsey and Josh came too. Ihab and Alberto, new VSO volunteers stationed in town were awesome enough to hang out with us a little too. Needless to say very little Mongolian was spoke all weekend.

Friday night Karaoke fun was had along with some group games. Saturday we ate at French Toast and Loving Hut and exchanged so many tv and movie files we all should be good on entertainment for many months. That night was the going away party for one of M19 sitemates for her counterparts and other people. She is officially gone from Arvaikheer, but is staying in UB another year as one of our PCVLs (volunteer leaders). It will be nice to have her still be around, but a little sad that she is all moved out. The bright part of the evening was teaching my friend Khandaa the "awkward turtle" sign. Hahaha!

Sunday all the M19s left for UB. Marissa, Josh, and I watched The Shining and I made Spicy Thai Peanut Chicken Pasta. (I will eat the leftovers for dinner tonight and I am already thinking about it. Yum Yum) Just as Marissa's car came to take her home, (that sounds way fancier than it actually is) Ihab came over. Josh, Ihab, and I played Uno while we waited for our Loving Hut pizza to be made. Walking home from dinner was the ice kernel storm from outer space. Crazy weekend!

It is amazng how hanging with friends can make my life seem so normal. I really forgot that I live in a tent without plumbing in a country where I barely speak the language. Not that remembering is a bad thing, but it was nice to have other things to focus on. Movies and food and friends and fun.

In work news, I have finished my first draft for the 88 Bikes proposal. The project is really coming along, but there is so much left to do. One step at a time. My grant was approved for the summer camp project. We will have enough funds for 37 scholarships for disadvantaged youth as well as money for supplies to conduct HIV/STI/AIDS prevention trainings will the campers. This will take place in the middle of July and I am super excited.

It is cool today, but I am still wearing one of my new skirts. I found a second hand shop and bought a couple to extend my wardrobe a little. Of my pants, only one pair jeans really fit anymore and I can't wear those to work. I also bought some teal knockoff converse shoes. I think the combo looks pretty awesome!

Shannon, I hope this makes you happy. I will try to do better with keeping my blog updated.

I miss you all. Congrats to all my friends who are graduating! I love you all!

love, C


Camber Carpenter said...

Yeah, I had a blog hiatus for a while, too.
Must be that time of year...
missing your face.
Going to SD in June. I'll miss you there, soo.
Dallas and I will dance for you. And maybe make a video of it.
And maybe become an internet sensation.

kate said...

Speaking of internet sensations, John the Jazz Fan wants to video-tape me jack-hammering up my sidewalk to the south, in preparation for deck building. I agreed to do it in a dress, but draw the line at heels. I learned to use a jackhammer on the space shuttle tour, which is how we drove in tent stakes. Skilzz! I think it could be a youtube sensation. I opened a can of whupass on him, in Scrabble this week-end. "Waltz" for a whopping 74 points!
I have about 1/3 of the garden in. It has been really rainy, and last week it snowed, perhaps for the last time. No dip-n-dots from outer space, though.
We are getting the plane tickets this week! Oh my. It is getting real. I wonder if I will remember how to travel well...
I think I missed your call last night. We were up at friends' house, swimming in their outrageous pool house, and having dinner. Henry grilled pineapple, with red pepper, for dessert. Highly recommended!
I live with a yellow cat now. His name is Tiny, and he is fat. Kind of annoying, kind of cute.
There is 11 more days to Spring Quarter. Deliver me! Mercy.
I love reading your blog! Thanks for sharing your experience!
I love you so.

Deirdre said...

Hey you!

What a great blog.
I am sending my sister $ for a plane ticket today. Scarey and Woohoo!
Weird weather.
Missed you this morning.
love, d

Shannon said...

Dear Caitlin, thanks you made my day. It helps the work day go by to mentally travel to Mongolia, cuz you know how hard we work here at PAC haha. Plus also, why do you want a headlamp?

Caitlin Rose said...

Shannon: Reasons for Headlamp are two-fold.
1. Reading in Hammock
2. Going to shithouse in the night so as not fall in the hole or accidentally pee on self

Camber: JEALOUS!

Kate: yes that was me. C'est la vie poo poo

Mom: $ for plane = WOOHOOOOOOO!