3. Clothes dryer. Because hanging clothes up to dry at night just isn’t fun. And there’s just something about hot clothes straight from the dryer. So snuggly! (We do have a dryer, but it only works when we have power. And it doesn’t really heat, which defeats the purpose since the main reason we got it was to kill mango worms with a quick 10-minute spin since clothes take days to dry during rainy season.)
4. My head lamp. I got so used to our brief time with solar power that I stashed it somewhere, and I can’t remember where.
5. Not needing my head lamp. Solar, come back to me! (For those who’ve been asking, our stint with solar power lasted about a week. We smelt burning, but when the solar installers came to check it, they insisted it was nothing. The next day our water heater wasn’t heating (It’s always something!), and the electrician found a burnt wire, so we attributed to smell to that since the solar was working fine. The water heater was fixed yesterday, but today the inverter for our solar system started smoking. Luckily it did it when the installers were there, so at least they believed us this time. 😉 There’s talk about shipping it back to the U.S. for a new one, and hopefully we will be back and running in about a month. I have tasted power and it was scrumptious! I can’t wait for it to be back!)
Things I’m digging:
Lest you think I’m complaining, I am grateful for…
1. Judah’s laugh (For the record, I tried for several days straight to get the video to upload here, but it didn’t work, so alas! Here’s a Facebook link for it.)
2. Friendships that endure and even thrive despite distance
3. Technology that helps friendships to endure and even thrive despite distance
4. Hot water. Oh, how I’ve missed you! I had my first hot water shower in about 7 days. (Don’t let the inclusion of the word “hot” deceive you into thinking I’ve settled for cold water showers, with the exception of a cold Marine bath I had after Judah threw up on me. I hate cold showers. So I went without. A little Laura Ingalls Wilder-ish, but I felt surprisingly un-smelly. Contrast that with when we lived in the States and if I didn’t take two showers a day I felt like a grunge, and I feel like I’ve grown.)
5. This amazing goodie basket the teacher I substitute taught for a couple weeks ago gave me. Look at the beautiful basket – and the amazing things IN it! Pure gold! Gravy mix, sauce mixes, CHOCOLATE CHIPS, even pimentos; I’m totally going to whip up some pimento cheese sandwiches like my Grandma makes. Definitely way better than the money I would’ve gotten for teaching!
And there you have it.