Posts Tagged "Zulu"

Normal life is taking all my time

Posted by on Apr 23, 2013 in Miscellaneous | 4 comments

Normal life is taking all my time

“What have you been up to this morning?” Mikes asked me via Skype from Bangkok. “I didn’t even get online until 10:45 today,” I told him, still stunned. “I’ve been changing diapers and emptying trash cans and replacing toilet rolls and tidying up rooms and making beds and cooking breakfast and doing laundry and hanging out laundry and … normal life is taking all my time!” “There’s a post title,” Mike said. (Apparently, not only is normal life taking all my time but the events of the past months have taken all of my creative energy, so Mike has started to point out...

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Waterfalls, tails, and other baby adventures

Posted by on Nov 26, 2012 in Written by Dominic | 2 comments

Waterfalls, tails, and other baby adventures

We spent the day at a waterfall yesterday. Between you and me I wanted to spend a nice relaxing Sunday sitting in front of the television and eating Thai biscuits filled with squishy strawberry sugar paste, but Mama informed me in no uncertain terms that I’m not going to get everything that I want in life exactly when I want it. If that’s true, I’m devastated. But then again, Mama tells me that dirt and snails are yucky and not to be eaten, so she’s clearly not infallible. She also told me that the mandarin oranges were “all finished” tonight when I know...

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Mumps and other re-entry bumps

Posted by on May 26, 2012 in Life in Laos | 2 comments

Mumps and other re-entry bumps

The day we landed in Laos I came down with a cold, and two days later my ears started to hurt so badly I could hardly see straight. The minute Mike came home from work we put Dominic in the stroller and set out for the doctor who runs an after-hours clinic out of her house at the end of our street. We got almost to the end of the dirt road outside our house before a familiar tawny shape gamboled past. Zulu has taken to slipping out the gate whenever anyone goes in or out of our compound. Normally this isn’t a big problem – he darts around the neighborhood for a while, wild with excitement...

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What will you be grateful for today?

Posted by on Jun 28, 2011 in Psychology | 4 comments

What will you be grateful for today?

I chatted to Mike over breakfast for a good 45 minutes this morning. In one respect, at least, this three-hour time difference serves us well. Mike can get up at 6am (or, often, before) and make coffee and get breakfast. I am up at 9am having just finished mine, and we both at the same level of “awakedness” and being ready to embrace the day. Consequently, we have much more substantial conversations over a virtual breakfast table when we’re separated by the equator than we do when we’re living in the same house. At home our morning routine for the past six months has involved Mike...

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The pursuit of happiness (Part 1)

Posted by on May 5, 2011 in Psychology | 8 comments

The pursuit of happiness (Part 1)

Yesterday I was dragged away from my work by a positive storm of barking. Zulu might only be two dogs long and one dog high, but when he puts his mind to it he has the bark of a German Shepherd on steroids. Yesterday he was clearly very unhappy about something. “What’s going on?” I asked, as I reached the front of our house and found my neighbor, Barbara, already there. “Oh,” she said, laughing. “It’s a big, scary, toad. He’s not the world’s bravest dog, is he?” She was right about the big part – the toad was enormous; it could barely heave its bulk along the pavement....

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Ten things I learned this weekend

Posted by on May 3, 2011 in Life in Laos, Posts with photos | 24 comments

Ten things I learned this weekend

1.  Many people hold very strong views on circumcision. More than 30 people commented on my facebook status: “To circumcise or not to circumcise, that is the question. Thoughts?” Several more sent me private emails on the topic. 2.  The white mushrooms we buy from the lady down the street who sells vegetables off a tarp on the pavement are enoki mushrooms – originally Japanese and highly prized (and priced) by Western specialty food stores. We can buy a whole plastic bag for 60 cents. 3.  Don’t cook enoki mushrooms for longer than five minutes or they go tough and chewy. 4.  You...

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Dead cats, working elephants, new schools, and other tidbits from Laos

Posted by on Mar 8, 2011 in Life in Laos, Posts with photos | 8 comments

Dead cats, working elephants, new schools, and other tidbits from Laos

It’s a public holiday here in Laos, so Mike and I are celebrating by working together at the kitchen table. Yeah, we really know how to do public holidays in style. Actually, one of us does, anyway. Mike let me sleep in until nearly eight this morning and then woke me up with a tray loaded with cheesy scrambled eggs, grilled tomato, mango, dragonfruit, and half a cup of coffee (I’m just easing back into coffee after going off it overnight the minute I was afflicted with pregnancy nausea). So we had breakfast in bed together before we set up our two laptops downstairs and started typing...

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Puppy lessons in parenthood (2)

Posted by on Feb 25, 2011 in Parenting, Posts with photos | 4 comments

Puppy lessons in parenthood (2)

It’s lunchtime in the McWolfe household of (temporarily) seven. Chaos is reigning. The three and six year old are loudly demanding their lunch, Mike is trying to finish his before he has to go back to the office. The baby’s been strapped in his stroller. Zulu is meandering around hopefully. Mike and I watch as Zulu wanders over to the baby in the stroller. “Awww…” we say fondly as our little dog sniffs nicely at the baby’s toes, then moves upwards to the baby’s hands – exploring ever so gently and sweetly. “Good dog, good boy, nice gentle licking, good kissing of the...

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Puppy lessons in parenting – resource guarding

Posted by on Jan 11, 2011 in Life in Laos, Parenting | 12 comments

Puppy lessons in parenting – resource guarding

It’s been a while since I updated you about our little chew monster (aka kea-puppy, shark mouth, demon dog, and Zulu) so here’s a puppy post. We had a “clueless parents faced with a defiant toddler” moment this week. Zulu is, on the whole, a sweet and friendly dog. He adores people and when we walk him he looks up at the passerbys, wagging his little tail, clearly curious as to why they’re not stopping to shower him with affection and attention. He takes himself off to the toilet outside. He doesn’t chew on the furniture, our shoes, or destroy our trash can. We must admit that he...

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Singular moments and nuanced epics

Posted by on Dec 29, 2010 in Life in Laos | 4 comments

Singular moments and nuanced epics

We’re back in Laos – we arrived yesterday towing a mixture of emotions in our wake. I’m a bit sick of every experience and transition bringing both good and bad with it. What happened to the days when I felt sheer, unadulterated, joy at something? Or even pure happiness? Who am I kidding, I rarely do unadulterated anything. Possibly the closest I’ve ever come to unadulterated joy was finishing my end of year exams when I was sixteen and realizing that I wouldn’t have to study for eight, heavenly, weeks. And I do taste pure happiness now but it’s in tiny moments, like this morning...

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