New parenting; new photos

I was playing ball with Cooper, and I threw the ball against the wall of the house so it would bounce off and he would chase it – this seems to be the way he likes to do it, since he’s not much of a ball-chaser otherwise. The ball ricochet’d off and hit him right in the eye at close range, and he yelped. I saw that his eyelid was clearly not where it should be and I panicked, immediately canceling my afternoon plans so I could rush him down to the vet. However, after a few minutes, he’d rubbed…

Rain, rain, rain

It has been raining almost non-stop for a week: drizzle, downpour, sheets of rain. Yesterday was a rare 20 hours of sun and warmth, but by 3 AM this morning it was coming down in fierce quantities. The river is nearly running over its banks now and has already overrun them once, the high water mark denoted with neat lines of empty bottles and plastic bags along the banks. Not much else new to report: we’re going to Bratislava in two weeks, Ifor a one-day UNDP training and Abby for touring. Two weeks after that, we’re returning to Amsterdam to…

Explosions in Tirana

Read the news story here, here, here … amazingly, I didn’t hear the explosions, but I was playing music with some fellow Embassy community people – the musicians amongst us have put a band together to play at a farewell party later this spring – and we must have drowned out the noise. More about this later.

Food for thought …

… as I ponder Corporate Social Responsibility. It’s old news, but I doubt things have changed much in a year. Also, last week, Cooper and I were surrounded by some territorial, vicious street dogs as we left the park and were attempting a shortcut through their turf. I began shouting and growling at them – this usually scares off the unfriendly dogs in the park – but one of them bit Cooper before they backed off enough for us to get away. We think he’ll have a scar on his leg, but otherwise he’s all right. I also read that…

More work

I’m two weeks into it now. We recently received UN HQ and local country office approval to participate in an outreach project that will educate consumers on the benefits of drinking UHT milk – the type of milk that you can store on (unrefrigerated) shelves for months without it going bad. Particularly in smaller towns and villages, people drink unprocessed milk straight from the farm. You see it in Tirana too, sometimes – guys standing on the sidewalk selling milk that has been packaged in reused soda bottles. Our role will be to do outreach to farmers, to explain to…