Today was a “Port Day”. Lots of things to do, and much of it was accomplished.
- This morning was a random mash of trying to run around and get things ready to go, feed the kid, make sure she had the right shoes on, make sure work was all organized for the day and that Yonese was good to go.
- The drive into town was nice. It was nice because Haiti has moved up to a new level of development, at least in our area and most of the way to Port…
Yes, those are lines and guardrails that you are seeing. It feels “other worldly”. I also love that the flash at dusk really shows off the dust on the dash nicely.
- On the way to town we had no need for the radio – we have a three year old. A three year old who loves to sing and talk. Several times we were stifling laughter because of the things that were coming from the back seat. There was a good smattering of “Tomorrow” from Annie and other songs. She was even making up songs, some of the lyrics being quite interesting. I won’t post them here because it would definitely embarrass her when she’s well into her teen years, and you might question our parenting. (Disclaimer: we are good parents, but she is three and for some reason gets stuck on certain things and we have no idea why.)
- The trip to town was good until we heard “I’m yucky” from the back seat, which reminded me I forgot to dose Olivia with Gravol before we left home. She got dosed, but was also given a ziploc bag – that got used just as we were about 5 minutes from our destination. She was pro with it and there was next to no mess for the first time. She was also singing “Tomorrow” again within a few minutes – a sure sign that the “yucky” had passed.
- I had to have a glucose tolerance test this morning. Never fun, but this one wasn’t terrible. Chris was able to get new tires put on the car just around the corner while I read and wrote a shopping list.
- Visited the new GIANT (that’s it’s name) grocery store in Petionville. That will probably be the last time. It’s crazy expensive compared to what we pay elsewhere, and elsewhere is expensive. We went, we saw, we won’t go again any time soon. Chris was actually crabby after we left. For like, the next two hours.
- We had to do several errands today, some of which meant driving downtown to different offices so our police officer friend could meet with a couple of people. At one point we had to get from point A to point B and he suggested that we take a different route because it was faster, and the following conversation took place in our car:
Friend: Are you scared to drive through this part of town. It’s not a good area?
Chris: Do you have your gun with you?
Chris: Then I’m not scared.
These are the conversations you don’t ever expect to have in your own car, but then when we do I have thoughts that resemble the “We’re not in Kansas anymore” thing, and then I realize that I’m really adapted because they seem normal. It’s kind of like the time we were driving with another upper class friend on the highway around sundown when kidnapping was rampant. He asked Chris to move his knee and reached over, opened the glove box and took out his 9mm and plunked it between the front seats. Don’t worry, we don’t hang out with thugs, we’re just not in Kansas anymore.
- The blue truck is finally back from being repaired and this time seems to be all working. I’m happy about this because it means we can catch up on some follow up stuff that needs to be done with the truck.
- Came home to a clean house and laundry done. Yonese rocks my world.
And now I”m going to go unpack the few groceries that we did bring home and start cooking dinner. In closing here’s a fun pic of Olivia a couple weeks ago.