It’s been a while, so here are a five things that have been going on in life lately:
1.My mom came to visit us! She travels for her job and was actually heading to Burundi for work, so she swung by Rwanda for a week on her way there. Of course it was great to see her, and for her to get to see what our life looks like here. We attempted a mini day trip out of the city (which didn’t go quite according to plan, but what does?), showed her around school, took her to some of our favorite restaurants, and got dresses made at the market. Another huge bonus was all the stuff she brought us – Christmas presents (in February!), maternity clothes I had ordered way back on Black Friday, cheddar cheese from Ireland, and our first baby item: diapers! (We’re trying to start a stockpile because we know we’ll need to bring a ton – they are much more expensive here).
2. We found out that Baby Swartz is a girl! My students are so invested in all of this, and on the day we were finding out I had them vote on what they thought it was and most chose girl. Later that evening, we happened to be walking back over to the school for a staff cookout, and some high school students were still hanging around after their sports practice and when they saw us they came running up yelling, “What is it?!?!” When we told them, they celebrated and ran off to pass on the news. They also all like to give baby name ideas – this week in my American Lit class, the two main contenders were Phoebe and Sarah. It’s been really sweet, and it’s just fun to teach at a place where we can have this level of interaction with our students!
3. I am excited to share that I’m going to be a contributing writer for the blog Taking Route! This is the blog that shared our home tour back in the Fall, and is geared towards expat women. I am excited to have a regular place (and accountability!) to be writing, and on topics that I love anyway! My first piece I wrote for them is about TCKs and unresolved grief. I’ll link to it when it goes live!
4. Our water is out right now 🙁 We honestly have it pretty good here in terms of those kind of things – the power rarely goes out, and if so not for very long; our internet can be funny occasionally but is really quite reliable; and this is only the second time that we’ve really had to go without water. We have a big tank in our yard, and I think what we figured out the last time this happened is that we have a problem with our tank, where the secondary reserve of water somehow doesn’t have a connection to the house. So if the water goes out in our neighborhood, we feel the effects before all our neighbors because their reserve tank of water kicks in while we can’t (I know this because our friends who live on our street still have water today – and they were kind enough to come let me shower at their house! Which, truly, is a new level of friendship, I think.).
5. It’s been a few weeks now, but I am still loving Maggie Rogers’ album “Heard It In A Past Life.” It’s so good! If you are looking for some new music, definitely check it out. Other music I’m enjoying right now are the first few pre-release songs from Joy Williams’ upcoming album “Front Porch,” as well as Mumford & Sons’ newest album “Delta” (I was not the biggest fan of their previous album, but I feel like this one returns to their more classic sound in a good way). What music are you loving these days?