Well, it is surprisingly easy to get caught up in your service and completely neglect your blog, so please forgive us. For me, it is summer now which means no school to occupy my time. You might think that would give me all sorts of free time to write posts and be social. As much as I love the sound of that, it’s definitely not true. I sometimes seem to be finding myself even busier and pressed to get things finished now. In addition to Bre’s large list of ongoing projects for her work, we also have several camps we are planning and running as well as another project that isn’t quite at a stage for bragging about yet, but could keep me beyond busy for the rest of my time in Moldova.
We do find time to relax however, though our relaxation often involves work as well. Now that we are in our own apartment we find ourselves inviting guests what seems to be quite frequently. Often, however, these visits are spent more as planning sessions than relaxation or leisure.
This past weekend, however, we did spend a bit of time relaxing. We took an overnight bus to Odessa, Ukraine and spent two days on the beach. I got burnt so it officially counts as a Knoll beach vacation. As an added note, I also bought and wore a more European-style bathing suit, which is possibly proven in pictures that hopefully will never see the light of day (or Facebook).
Anyway, on to my excuse as to why we haven’t posted for two months (exactly, I believe). There comes a point in Peace Corps service, or at least in our service, when everything seems normal. A time when you speak your second language as comfortably as it were your first. A time when you are pretty sure you rode in an automobile with fewer than ten people in it at some point in your life. A time when you think there was a time that you might have found it strange to see a random goat or two on the side of nearly every road to keep the grass short. This time has happened to us and now the things that happen to us don’t seem to be news. Moldova is the normal existence for us. It is commonplace, and it is comfortable. If there was a day where I saw a lawnmower or a dishwasher, I’d probably come running to tell all of you about it. It may not do wonders for our blog, but it is definitely nice on our end.