Friday, March 30, 2012
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
It was so peaceful and quiet up there, and the kids just loved running around on the green grass. We left just as a couple big groups started arriving so we felt like our timing was good!
Friday, March 23, 2012
Sunday, March 18, 2012
And during his afternoon nap, every time he woke up he'd go "BRRRRMMMM!" and then go back to sleep. So I think he was even dreaming about them.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Monday, March 12, 2012
So as I enter my 40th year of life, the last year I will spend in my 30s, I invite my readers to give me your best words of advice. How might I best live life to the fullest in the next 365 days? How should I think about this moment in time? If you are past this point in time, what do you wish you had done differently at this point, or what do you think you did well?
Thursday, March 08, 2012
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Nights without Terry here have been very hard, but there are many bright spots during the days... and even in the nights. This morning at around 5:45 after I got them both to fall back asleep (which I wasn't counting on, so was very grateful) in bed with me, saw them drifting into deep breathing relaxation, it was just a very sweet moment. Especially since I got to go back to sleep too!
Saturday, March 03, 2012
This from Terry in Georgia:
The sun came out today so of course I was like "Let's move to Georgia!"
Very Russian sort of place - more so than Armenia. Lots of 2500 year old towns, fortress monasteries, Orthodox churches, blah blah blah.
Georgia itself reminds me a bit of Gambia - but not at all. What I mean is that the main part of the country is a giant river valley moving east west to the Black Sea with mountain ranges above and below. Down by the Black Sea, the river valley is enormously wide and flat (where the ADP is) and Tbilisi is up at the narrow end where it sort of oozes up on to the Eurasian Land scene.
Georgia is a country way more divided by conflicts and separatist movements. The bulk of the ethnic Georgians (85% of the country) live in the big river valley while the other ethnic groups who want to separate live up on the mountains that border either Russia or Turkey. So suddenly that was more understandable.
Another thing about Georgia, you can't throw a brick without hitting a castle. I mean, they are everywhere - plus stuff like 2000 year old towns, monasteries from before the birth of Christ (joking), and all sorts of history here - I mean, history that we don't know anything about in US or even in Europe. The joke here among the Georgians is that Armenians claim to be Christians from the 4th Century B.C.
Sneeze-Gargle (name of the town) is cool in an old, small town sort of way. The ADP manager and the assistant manager took me out to eat tonight as a host thingie. It was cool, but didn't work out the greatest since the place we went to had drunken old Russians and live music set at deafblaster levels. So we spent most of the meal making faces at each other and shouting "WHAT?" - not the best environment for reasoned discussion on international development dynamics.
He gets back next Thursday.
Friday, March 02, 2012
This last photo is from the day a few weeks ago when we did NOT go on the cable car to Dajti. Some friends with a boy V's age had invited us to go along with them but it was a Saturday and an absolute madhouse. People were bussing in from all up and down the coast to see the snow! I had bundled the kids (and myself) up in layers upon layers of warm clothes, packed a picnic lunch, sent Terry back when I forgot the camera and their sunglasses, and then in the end we got to the cable car station and V threw an epic screaming hysterical fit and refused to get out of the car.