Happy Tuesday everyone! It’s actually just about midnight here, so this isn’t coffee so much as a nightcap. I just wanted to pop in, especially for those wondering, to say we’re still alive and kicking, just busy. I hitched the bus to Chiang Rai on Saturday, and it’s been a bit of nonstop action ever since. We’ve been hosting another organization of young university students in a leadership program, introducing them to what SOLD does, talking about the issue of child trafficking and sexual slavery, and giving them time to spend with the kids in our program.
It’s been truly rewarding hosting this lively group. They’ve been jumping in head first into everything and asking tons of fabulous questions. They’ve had loads of great energy, so we’ve ended each day feeling enthused, fulfilled and…exhausted. Though the exhaustion probably has more to do with the fact that it’s hotter than heck here even though it just rained.
Unfortunately there was a tiny snafu with a little water pipe that then left the resource center without water for a day or so, as one problem led to another. Which meant I had to go sans shower for rather longer than preferable, use the outhouse bathrooms instead of the indoor ones, and brush my teeth with drinking water in a cup, camping style. When I finally did get a chance to shower, it was with water we were able to get in a bucket. I haven’t had a bucket shower since I first came to Thailand when I was eight! Still not my preference, though I did have to marvel at how much water is saved. It’s nice now, when a cool shower feels best, but I wouldn’t like it at all if the weather was colder.
Thankfully, however, water was restored this evening and I can now shower normally and reduce the likelihood of offending the neighbors.
I was making dinner a couple of nights ago, when I spotted this little guy on the window pane.
I thought it would make such a lovely photo, with his wings pressed so neatly upon the glass. I went and snapped a couple of shots and then put the camera away. I walked back to the window, smiling at the little guy, until, to my shock, a gecko popped out and ate him right before my disbelieving eyes.
Poor little guy. It’s a weird thought, that I caught a picture of him just in the last few seconds of his life.
Hm. I totally didn’t mean to end on such a melancholy note! So, instead, I’ll tell you the real reason I’m writing so late is because I was busy finishing listening to the audiobook version of Harry Potter Book 5 (for what must be at least the fourth time – not counting all the times I’ve read the book or seen the movie) because I’m in a reminiscing mood. But with that I will now turn to bed. Do send me a hello for I want to hear what I’ve been missing in your world! I’d love to wake up to tales of your weekend and such.
Cheers and thanks for the nightcap/coffee!