Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Congo Update

- Back in Congo again. Things are good. Flights felt long. Airports in Boston and Paris could not be more different than the airport in Kinshasa. But more on that later. Emery made me another welcome home sign and cemented his awesomeness even more so in my mind (the first welcome sign).

- Though I am happy (in certain ways) to be back in Congo, I really do miss the fall back home. One has fire places and cool weather. The other has burning trash piles and hot humidity. One has apple picking. The other has life-threatening* falling mangos. One has cute fall clothes and boots. In the other, wearing layers can cause heat stroke. I could go on. I leave it to you to determine which is which.

- This Friday, the Marines are hosting a big embassy Halloween party. This year I am going as a Native American and Henry is going as "Henry with lots of hair" via a first class "Mississippi mud-flap" wig. It is important to note, dressing up in random bizarre costumes does not make us Americans look sane to the Congolese.

- Last week I gave Emery his suit and he was so grateful and happy to have it. He said, "Now, people will think I am president!". He told me it fits well and one day he will wear it over to our house.

- The rainy season is on. Last night there was a big storm and this morning Sophie decided it would be a good idea to amuse herself by jumping and rolling around in all the puddles like a maniac. She came back from the run very pleased with herself but completely covered in Congo mud from head to paw. Thankfully, though not without difficulty and a Jenn vs. Sophie wrestling match, she is now freshly laundered and smells like a coconut.

*Not really all that threatening