A Boring Week

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Sorry about the lack of posting! I have spent the past week in bed while fighting a nasty viral infection. I am now feeling much better after a brief trip to Kigali to visit the Peace Corps doctors and I am looking forward to seeing my kids again since I missed an entire week of teaching. I don’t really have any fascinating stories since I really didn’t do anything except sleep and watch movies for 7 days, but here are some random updates:

– The electricity is now only on for a few hours a day at the convent and consistently goes off at about 6 pm which is rather obnoxious since that is just when it gets dark. The romance of candles was fun for a while but the great tragedy of candles is that they are not able to charge computers. So when there is no electricity I turn in pretty early, especially when my computer is dead.

– Today we had a day of silence at the convent. It was meant to be a day devoted to prayer and contemplation, which is great, but I was really nervous that I would forget and greet someone out of habit. I ended up writing the word “silence” on my hand in marker and it served as a nice reminder to keep my mouth shut all day.

– I watched a lot of Glee this past week and have reached the following conclusions:

1) Glee is a truly fantastic television show

2) In my next life I would really like to be blessed with the ability to sing

3) Sue Sylvester is absolutely hilarious and in my ample free time this week I have collected some of my favorite Sue quotes:

– “You know what, I checked out of our conversation about a minute back, so good luck with your troubles, and I’m gonna make it a habit not to stop and talk to students because this has been a colossal waste of my time.”

– “I’ll need to see the set list for sectionals, after all. I want them on my desk warm from the laminator at 5pm. If it is one minute late, I will go to the animal shelter and get you a kitty cat. I will let you fall in love with that kitty cat. And then on some dark cold night I will steal away into your home and punch you in the face.”

– “I’m reasonably confident you will be adding revenge to the long list of things you’re no good at, right next to being married, running a high school glee club, and finding a hair style that doesn’t make you look like a lesbian. Love ya like a sister.”

– “I don’t trust a man with curly hair. I can’t help picturing small birds laying sulfurous eggs in there, and I find it disgusting.”

– “That was the most offensive thing I’ve seen in 20 years of teaching—and that includes an elementary school production of Hair.”

– “Let’s break it down. You want to be creative. You want to be in the spotlight. Face it: you want to be me. So here’s the deal. You do with your depressing little group of kids what I did with my wealthy, elderly mother: euthanize it. It’s time.”

– “I am going to create an environment so toxic no one will want to be part of that club. Like the time I sold my house to a nice young couple and salted the earth in the backyard so that nothing could grow there for 100 years. Know why I did that? Because they tried to get me to pay their closing costs.”

– “I can’t stand the sight of kids getting emotional, unless it’s from physical exhaustion.”

If you have never seen Glee (shame on you) then this last part probably isn’t all that interesting. I highly recommend you watch at least a few episodes because there is always great singing and Sue is amazing! Hope you all are having a great weekend!

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