Blue MiniVans For Lyfe!!

April 13, 2009

5 Months!!!!!


 Get ready, the long promised’08’s Year’s Best, Youth Photography Exhibit, My Bling and Jesus takes on Sheki are waiting in the wings ready for release this weekend, courtesy of AZ6’s IST and Travelers Café-the little slice of normal in Baku that rolls Wireless, Espresso and B&W photography-and no I wasn’t paid for that, when you live in a Café during a snowstorm (ahem) one has a tendency to get attached-if only Travelers Café could boast good looking arty type males with a taste for the underground…


Over Novruz holiday, in spite of nassssssssty sickness, I increased my marriageable points by at least 30 by learning the details of baking Baklava, Sheklebura, Qoqual and Dolma-I’ve been approved by no less that 2 AZ Moms and 1 store keeper who nearly died in astonishment when I announced, un provoked, in-between buying Puffed Wheat and Bleach that I had basically mastered the Holy-Grail of AZ Housewife Cooking. Form a line boys, this generous stint of domesticity is guaranteed a short life span.


Rolled into Sheki acting like a bi-polar nut case due to slamming a Coke and taking sinus meds-apparently Emily thought it was amusing, but had no trouble convincing me that an afternoon of watching Brit Comedy was a good life choice considering:

A. My total lack of motor skillz

B. Ability to speak English

C. Increased tendency to trip miserably over my own feet.

I partly blame the Brit Comedy for giving me convincing arguments as to WHY Action Figure Jesus had to be taken all over Sheki. (upcoming post)  Met Jane’s parents-they are wonderful, perhaps second only to my real parents-I had the urge to hug them while simultaneously asking for a care package-funny what this country does to you.  As with the arrival of AZ6, meeting Jane’s family reminded me just how strong Jane, Emily and I are and how much we’ve accomplished in a few short (almost) 27 months.  And since I know Jane’s mom reads my blog-visiting you guys in Sheki was definitely a highlight of Novruz-Thank you!!


The Movie Club Project received all its funding-Thank you to the many family and friends who helped out with that-unfortunately I don’t know how to express in a non cheesy way how much it means to the youth and me, and how truly grateful I am for the support of Amerikastan people!


Spent a night watching a chickflick with J and talking about boys while partaking of a luxuriously meal of wine, cheese, olives, chocolate and gummy bears.  Of course I’d forgotten how much fun it was to have girl talk and be silly and laugh about how far superior we ladies are in everyway!!


Not content to spend a summer enjoying some down time before the looming Sept 12th exit/COS-I gave myself an eye tick, migraine, and annoying case of stress while writing a brilliant photography grant with a small budget and big project plan in a stunningly short time-without the editing assistance of Kim and Jessica it was speculated that I would simply pass out and not wake for at least a month.  Thankfully that didn’t happen, and I was able to help out Marina with moving to her new flat-by navigating the bazaar with her and introducing her to the nice merchants-too bad I was no help at sorting her water situation and fell back to Colleen/Azer/English/Handgesture (this need to be pantened) Her new apartment is great and huge by AZ/ISM standards-given my precarious living situation, its nice knowing that if another boot from the flat happens, there will be a place to sleep.  It seems that I was more tired that even I would admit as evidenced by my mad fail at contributing anything worth while to Tim’s moving-other then identifying and commenting on all the stuffed animals and plastic baby dolls suffocating in sealed plastic bags tacked to the wall-apparently my commentary was appreciated, he took pity on me, or simply wanted me to shut up-but I was allowed his couch and wine and spent the better part of the weekend doing a whole lot of relaxing and talking about things other than the ‘Baijan-when I returned to my flat I realized that it had been 8 months since I’d been able to relax that much.



One Response to “Blue MiniVans For Lyfe!!”

  1. Suzanne said

    Sometimes trite is true–the pleasure was entirely ours. PCVs are not only awesome, they are fun to hang around with. Keep well! Jane’s Mom

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