Friday, March 26, 2010

Culinary Masterpiece

Uhhh, yeah. So I designed it to look that way!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Come on Down! You're the next contestant on....

Divine What Was in my Dust! Yes, that's's this country's newest game show designed for anyone who's been breathing it in, washing it off or wiping it away. I'll just get the game going here with a few dastardly dust spots found dilly dallying around my domicile. Your job is to discern the type of object that used to inhabit the dwelling place.

#3And what dividend will you receive for daring to participate in such a duel of drollery...
you're very own dust dispenser (otherwise known as a bottle of dust). It will be dispatched to your domicile tout de suite so that you too, can participate in Divine What Was in my Dust!

(me + break time + thesaurus = dabbling in dorky diversions)

Friday, March 19, 2010

Tights and White Out Conditions

If you are looking for a riveting topic of conversation here, you definitely shouldn't choose the weather. There really isn't a great difference from day to day. That's why when you begin to see weird phenomenon you take note.

Last Sunday driving through the petite marche I noticed a man wearing snowpants. "Does he know something I don't know?" I wondered. Well I chalked that one up to the fact that he might not have been all there....I mean, after all, the snowpants were about 10 sizes too small. They were more like snow capris.
Then yesterday one of my little friends came in dressed in a nifty pair of striped tights under her skirt. Cute but really, what am I missing? It's 7:30 am, 86 degrees inside and the sun hasn't even risen fully! Perhaps inspired by yesterday's cute tights or maybe it was Easter as she claimed, another student arrived in tights today. Clearly, I need to be turning on the weather station!
It hit me this afternoon. They must have been preparing for Niamey's "white out" conditions (aka. harmattan)!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Hypnotizing, Baptizing and Accrediting

It's been a big week here at Sahel Academy. If you were in the first and second grade it included a little bit of hypnotizing and baptizing but for the rest of the school it was really more about the accrediting.

The two person Accreditation Team arrived and hit the ground running. They were busy all week visiting classrooms, conversing with students and parents and reading documents. I was observed for a few minutes and later, had the opportunity to answer questions about some general procedures on our campus and about our curriculum. On Thursday we had a brief report from the team in which they gave us several commendations and several recommendations. It was a very positive meeting and ending with the fact that they are recommending us for full accreditation. Praise the Lord!

As for the hypnotizing and baptizing...that was the "funny" for the week. We were standing in line for the bathroom and one of my little girls, K said to the person in front of her, "I'm going to hypnotize you!" She proceeded to stare deeply into her friend's eyes (picture the snake in the movie the Jungle Book here). E, the girl standing behind K wanted to get in on the fun but she didn't really hear correctly. So she proceeded to dip K back and exclaimed, "I'm going to baptize you!" ....well rounded education, I tell you. I cover it all from hypnotizing to baptizing!
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