Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Loft Life

Last month I moved to Cooper Young. I found a great apartment, er loft, that makes me feel like I am living downtown, but in Midtown. If that makes any sense.

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It's very safe.

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And kind of reminds me of our house. At least the kitchen does anyway.

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Jiro has been my assistant decorator. He had the genius idea of putting the bunkbeds where a desk would normally go.

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And he helped me hang all of the paintings. Well, the ones I was sure about.

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And he helped fix the things that needed fixing.

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Satchel was a little less enthusiastic about the loft, mainly because it didn't come with wifi and I didn't have a TV. But he slowly came around. He and Jiro found ways to entertain themselves.

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(I took a turn too. It was actually quite fun.)

There has also been some reading and a lot of game playing.

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Mancala is my favorite.

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I am the undisputed champ of checkers. Connect Four is not my strong suit.

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Loft life has its challenges. For one, we are all three sharing a bathroom.

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And I am the head chef.

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I pretty much exhausted my repertoire in the first week! (Hence our first tradition--Monday's at Moe's.)

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Warren still cooks several nights a week, and I get to partake when I pick up the kids. And we've been doing family movie day/dinner out on Sundays.

Everyone seems to be pretty happy with the current arrangement. And the loft is slowly starting to feel like home.

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My next door neighbor, who came to introduce herself last night and maybe ask that we keep it down a bit, will be happy to learn that I have purchased a TV and the cable/wifi is getting hooked up today.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

RPCV Reunion in Taos, Part 4

It was time for everyone to leave on Monday, so we spent the morning packing up and cleaning up. We had one final excursion to the house at the top of the hill. It's owned by the same guy that owns the house we stayed in, but it's way bigger. It would be perfect for our NEXT reunion! We hope to sway some more of our stage mates to come out in a couple of years.

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It's still under construction, but is sure to be beautiful. It has a great view.

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If we get a really good turn out, we can rent both houses!

We said our goodbyes and had more group picture of the kiddos.

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It was so great to see everyone and have lots and lots of time to just hang out and talk. It is really crazy to think it's been 20 years since we all met. I love that we are still friends!

On the way out of town, I insisted we stop at Taos Outback for a slice of pizza. It was still as good as I remembered.

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The kids loved it too. (Satchel remembered his previous visit, but not Jiro.)

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We made a quick stop at a store to buy a couple of Mexican blankets, got a burrito to go from Guadalajara Grill, gassed up, and then finally hit the long road home.

I'm so glad we made the journey.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

RPCV Reunion in Taos, Part 3

Sadly Dillon had to return to real life, so we started Sunday off by saying goodbye to him & Ethan.

Then we loaded up and headed out to Jeremy & Andrea's cabin on the mesa. It's off the grid and they go camping there about once a month.

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We had a nice snack of watermelon and Jeremy's homemade kombucha.

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Jeremy had enough country cups for everyone. I definitely prefer the taste of kombucha to palm wine!

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Satchel, Jiro, and Bodhi started a game of Monopoly while the rest of us either hiked or hung out.

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Then Amy came down with some mystery illness, probably from the altitude. It sucked, but also added to the nostalgia.

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When she felt good enough to travel, we all headed out. She & John were going back to the house and the rest of us were going to the Mesa Brewery for beers and lunch. We were following them and Warren noticed something hanging down from the car. We called Jeremy, who was in the lead, and we all pulled over.

Then in the most Peace Corps moment of the weekend, Jeremy fixed the car with goat rubber, which he just happened to have on hand!

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It was awesome.

Once they were fixed up, we commenced with beers and lunch. The Mesa Brewery is awesome. I will do a full DWM post on it soon.

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Once fortified we headed to the Rio Grande for some tubing. The boys were super excited about this.

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After an hour or so we headed back to the house to check on Amy, who was feeling a lot better. We had planned to go out to dinner in town, but everyone was worn out. Thankfully, Warren had thought ahead. He made fufu njama njama for everyone. Even the kids liked it!

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More to come...

Friday, August 08, 2014

RPCV Reunion in Taos, Part 2

On Saturday, we had breakfast at the house then headed into the ski valley to do a hike up to Williams Lake. It kind of reminded me of the time we all hiked up Mt. Ngaoundere during training! Although in this case, the elevation was way more killer. (I am happy to report that since that first hike up Mt. Ngaoundere, I have gone more hikes than I can count, thanks to Warren.)

I got to ride in Dillon's convertible that he rented for the weekend. He didn't earn the nickname "Butter Mon" for nothing!

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He also had a fancy watch that showed us our elevation and even told the time!

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Photo op! Peace Corps dudes, past and future.

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Because of our varying ages and abilities, we took lots of breaks and took our time getting up the mountain.

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At the top is Williams Lake. It was sooooooooooo pretty. But not so good for swimming. (Elevation verified by Dillon's watch.)

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It was good for wading and skipping rocks, though.

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And it was a great spot for lounging.

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And we of course needed to get a group photo. Amy asked some nice hikers to help us out.

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And if that wasn't enough, we made the kids pose again near the sign.

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It was really amazing how well they all got along. I never heard any fighting, not even from Satchel and Jiro.

The hike down was much easier, and we rewarded ourselves with beer and lunch at the Bavarian House.

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The waitresses wore full "St. Paulie Girl" outfits and we were all amazed that there were no "wardrobe malfunctions." Our waitresses boobs were barely staying put. I can't believe no one took a picture. Anyways, makes me interested to see what Schweinhous in Overton Square will be like!

We were all super beat--Satsuki especially--after the hiking and beer, so we went back to the house to rest. Amy graciously offered to cook New Orleans style rice and beans for dinner. (A Cameroonian RPCV reunion would not be complete without rice and beans!)

After dinner, we all pretty much crashed! And there was tons of beer in the fridge to be had! What?!

More to come...
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