That said (written), Seth and I are heading to Cyprus for the next week (tough, I know.) I will be teka, teka (thinking, thinking) and promise that, come September, I - and this blog - will have definite focus, a purpose! Meaning: more than just a personal journal. I hope.
I have several things on my mind but have been unable (or unwilling) to put them into coherent paragraphs, but feast your mind on these tidbits:
--> There is a large wage gap here between Westerners and Easterners. I understand that the exchange rate of Kuwaiti Dinars into whatever local Eastern currency (Indian rupees, for example) highly favors the local currency - that is, these employees are earning a wage largely unattainable in their home country. However, there is a tendency by Westerners to treat Easterners as lesser people, yet not feel guilty about such actions because said Easterners are so much better off here than they would be in their own country. I can't get behind that kind of skewed logic.
--> According to my Indian cookbook, "Vindaloo is notorious for being hot and spicy." The recipe calls for 4 dried chilies, which you then pound or grind into a powder. Not having dried chilies, I decided 2 teaspoons of chili powder would be the same (note: it is not.) Combined with the 4 fresh chilies you also add (with other spices, of course) what resulted was a powerful inferno. I had sweat pooling on my eyelids. That shit was so hot (yet also delicious) that my endorphins were increased to the point that I felt like I was on uppers.
--> While my loving husband has assured me that I don't need to find a job right now; I can focus on writing and whatnot; he just wants me to be happy; I personally want to make some money. I want to contribute! But I become paralyzed when I have to actually apply, envisioning the possible rejections that follow. Nothing to fear but fear itself - and multiple job denials.
--> Pay attention when chopping or you will slice off the top of your thumb. Oops.
|It's looks like my thumb's brain is poking through.|
--> There are so many actors involved in the DRC that I feel as though I am trying to figure out a puzzle.