Yesterday Anna and I spent most of the day at the house, since we had our girl come to wash our laundry in the morning and we can’t leave the dog at home alone with the washing hanging or he’ll pull everything off the line onto the ground. We were sitting in our front yard reading when heard some kids at our gate calling me by name—turns out it was my host brothers and sister (baby Anata). Their mom had sent them over to play, so I spent a couple hours with them. They climbed our tree and fence, ate lemons I picked them off our tree, and sported the new sunglasses I had bought them a few days earlier.
Our dog has been acting strangely ever since we returned from Swaziland after last weekend. On two consecutive nights he ran away (jumped our fence), which he has never done before while we are in the house (only when we left and he ran after us). Since then we have kept him on his lead or locked in the house 24/7, which has resulted in incessant whining, crying, and barking. Really, incessant, as in non-stop. All day and all night. As much as I would like to let him go have fun (it was undoubtedly a female dog in heat that lured him out), I refuse to start paying for any damage he might do in the neighborhood, like killing chickens or running over a kid. Last night he was outside on his lead and we were in the house when Anna said “weird, he’s being quiet, I’m going to check on him.” Then from outside I heard, “Scooter, he hung himself!” I ran out and we were relieved to learn that he hadn’t actually hung himself, but had jumped over an impossibly high wall and was now outside our fence, luckily his head was long enough! So I had to climb over the fence, Anna unhooked his lead and handed it to me, and then I dragged him (as he clawed and thrashed maniacally in the other direction) back to our yard, apologizing to our neighbors whose yard I was tramping through. Below is a picture of the wall he jumped with me (I’m 5’6”) standing by it for comparison. If I don’t look very happy in the picture it’s because I’m not.
My name is Scooter Anata Walsh and I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mozambique from '09-'12. I arrived in September '09 as a chemistry teacher in the education sector. I taught 8th grade math my first year and 11th grade English my second year, and facilitated multiple youth development groups. During my second year I was also the National Financial Director of REDES, a girls' empowerment group. During my third year extension (2012) I was the Malaria Activities Coordinator for Peace Corps in Mozambique, as part of the Peace Corps initiative Stomping Out Malaria in Africa. From January-April 2013 I will be working in Swaziland.
the trend where you paint one nail a different color than the other fingers
call me maybe
the whatshouldwecallme phenomenon
the "hey girl" phenomenon
groupon and rue la la
the greek yogurt craze
the weird barcode thing in magazines that your smartphone can read
4G and Android ( i dont actually know what either of these mean)
Muammar Gaddafi and Osama bin Ladin were alive
Facebook "checking in"
Oprah was still on tv
the ipad, ipad2, and ipad3
Maroon 5 is back?
multi-trillion dollar deficit
AA credit rating
where you can @someone on Facebook
the Democrats had a majority in congress
the Washington Monument wasn't cracked
B.o.B, Taio Cruz, Mike Posner
the new design on the back of the penny
Icing (or something, with Smirnof)
The Jersey Shore
the Tea Party movement
Stomping Out Malaria in Africa
The Stomping Out Malaria in Africa initiative is a new partnership between Peace Corps and the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI). Currently 23 countries are part of this continent-wide concerted effort to stomp out malaria!
Check out the following sites to follow malaria prevention activities going on across Africa and in Mozambique:
Friends of Inharrime
This is the website to support the mission where I lived and worked during my first two years: