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Summer Cold?

Posted by: | October 14, 2009 | 1 Comment |

Some days in Kenya are easier than others. Regardless, there is always something trying to deal with.

Today’s trials:

The generator on the farm is broken.

Some neighbors are having a funeral. I’m still trying to figure out what, exactly, this means. So far, it means that there was really loud music and partying all night (until about 6am) and it started again this morning around 9.  I don’t think any of us were able to sleep last night.

Last night, I developed a stuffy nose and sore throat. First, I thought I might be allergic to something in the hut. Now, I’m thinking it’s a cold. It’s about 12:30 in the afternoon and my sore throat is getting worse. 🙁 I’m going to buy a bunch of oranges from one of the stands while I’m in town. I would like to go back to my hut and sleep a bit this afternoon, but that’s just a dream given the funeral taking place. I’ve heard the funerals can last 2-3 days.

Lately, my 40% Deet has been no match for the bugs. I’m going to up it to 80% tonight and see if that makes a difference. I sure hope it does.

My program for the day was cancelled due to the community needing to meet to pray for their kid’s up coming exams. If the parents don’t go to the prayer meeting, their children can be expelled from the school.  Instead of meeting with the original group, I stopped by a tailoring shop in Kabula to check up on some items they are working on. Joyce and I made arrangements for me to bring a formal seminar to them on the 29th, 30th, and 2nd.  My schedule is quickly filling up with business seminars! I look forward to giving the business seminars and sharing the much needed education with these groups.

Merge friends:  I haven’t yet received your package. 🙁 I just check at the post office and they don’t have it yet. I’m really skeptical about the post office. If you send anything, even a letter, please let me know so I can keep an eye out for it. Packages should be sent with insurance and tracking, if possible.

Good news: after thoughtful consideration, I think my Personal Statement for Colorado Law is as good as it’s going to get. I’m at the cyber cafe right now to make some final edits, submit my application, and print the accompanying documentation. I will be printing two sets of everything. I will send one set myself and ask a Kenyan staff member to mail the other. My skepticism of the post office here is not unfounded.

I’m usually such an optimistic person that having so much negativity is really getting to me. However, I think most people would react similarly. I’m confident that this is just a little rut and in no time at all, I’ll be thinking positively again. 🙂

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1 Comment

  1. By: LaDonna on October 14, 2009 at 3:33 pm      

    Kate, I check your blog everyday. If there is something there, it becomes part of my daily meditation. My heart is so with you. You are right – the more we are given, the more we are expected to do. Your work is changing lives now and will for generations. Wish I could make you a big bowl of hot soup and hold your hand. Much love and deep admiration.

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