Sorry for not posting any original content in recent days.  I have been overwhelmed by the amount of administrative work I’ve had to do while in the States as well as suffering against the cold, which I am not used to, and has somehow sunken into my bones and nestled there.  I’m currently writing under a thick duvet, loads of extra blankets, and my favorite oversized sweater, and I’m STILL not warm.  I guess ten years in equatorial Africa will do that to you!

Anyway, I just thought I’d put up this cute video of me and my mom from the year that former Toa board member, Barbara Finkelstein, came to visit Moshi.  We had descended upon Msaranga Primary School for one of our famous “Friday Fundays,” and were making paper crowns, pirates for the boys and princesses for the girls (, not that Toa insists upon sticking to traditional gender roles.  Always down for hijinks with the kids, Carla went all out on her princess crown.

It’s a nice memory from a time in my life that felt really hopeful and happy unlike my current mood which is pretty much just overwhelmed and anxious and COLD at all times.  Sigh.  I know this too shall pass, but I am not enjoying life as a depressed popsicle….  At least I’ll be back in Moshi in a mere six weeks!

Be well, everyone!!