31 January 2011

Niger in the News

It's been a year since Niger has been under military rule after a coup d'etat.  Elections today!

30 January 2011

Where'd It All Go??

Wow . . . what a whirlwind the month has been!  Despite the hours logged traveling, the best part has been catching up with so many of you!

I'm currently out in CO with the kiddos for a long weekend.  Yesterday I had a date with J who turns 4 next week and another with B, 5 1/2.  J & I went glowgolfing . . . mini golf in the dark with glow-in-the-dark ball and black lights.  Of course it goes without saying that he beat me . . . but I'd be lying if I said I let him win.  And for me & B it was pottery painting.  Good times.

Little J, 2, is so incredibly adorable and sweet.  He loves to cuddle . . . best part is when he looks up with those big eyes and says 'Andie Deb. I wuv you!'  Priceless.

J, the 4 year old, asked me why I wasn't married yet.  When I told him I hadn't met anybody I wanted to marry yet, he quickly and excitedly said 'Well, I'll marry you, Auntie Deb.!'  It's nice to know my options are open. 

I leave here Monday, fly back to Philly to pack for Niger, then off to FL for another few days with my parents before leaving for good.  I will fly out of Philly on the 7th.  Crazy.

12 January 2011

Niger in the News

After nearly a year since the coup d'├ętat took place in Niamey to oust former president Tandja, local elections are finally taking place!  Presidential elections set for 31 Jan.  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-01-11/niger-begins-voting-in-local-elections-in-return-to-democracy.html

07 January 2011

Where's Waldo?

I admit . . . that's how I'm feeling!

I left France 10 days ago and flew to England . . . then to Miami, Fl.  Spent the night in a hotel and drove 5 hours the next morning to my parents'.  After a whirl-wind day of shopping for a 2 1/2 year supply of conditioner, deodorant, and brown sugar I unpacked and repacked, and my mom and I made a 5 hour round-trip drive to drop off a few more boxes for the SIM Niger container (they tell me it saves on excess baggage on the airplane).  New Year's Eve was our least chaotic day . . . but that was short lived when my mom and I left bright and early on 1 January, hitting the road for a 9 1/2 hour drive to Raleigh, NC where we had a lovely Indian dinner and round of Settlers with my dear FrannyScon and her peeps.