Wry Exchange

I’m ba-ack & DS2019
07-27-08, 10:24 pm
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 I didn’t go anywhere, I just haven’t had anything to say.  That’s never stopped me in the past, so I’ll discipline myself to write 5 posts a week.  I spent too much time building up my blog to let it slide.  Bad, lazy Wry.   Before I left to chaperone in June, I averaged over 160 daily views.  I’ve lost a lot in this last month, and it ends tonight.  If you’re reading this, THANK YOU for still peeking in on me.

I have seven students coming from Bolivia and Chile that I’ll be responsible for this year.  They should be here in two weeks, but won’t.  All of their paperwork is late.  Only one 2019 has been mailed. (Actually FedEx’d, over $50.00)  The kids need their 2019’s entered into the system to even set an appointment at the US Consulate in La Paz or Santiago.  They must appear in person in the capital city for an interview.  The interview is typically a formality for well-qualified students, but longtime readers will remember the nightmare I had last year with the ‘soft refusal.’   Suffice to say, if a student is denied a Visa, start contacting both of your Senators, and as many House Reps as possible.  (Check out posts marked ‘Eli’ or ‘Visa denial.’)   Besides my students, we have an additional 20 students from around the world this year, including five Brasilians.  That means twelve Latinos.  It’ll be a fun year.   The last of this year’s students left today.

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07-18-08, 11:30 pm
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Adopt one today!Maybe you’ve noticed the “Adopt a Dragon” headline to the left?   It’s from a site called “Dragon Cave.”   I’m not certain whether it’s a game, but it’s quite addicting.  It has NOTHING to do with exchange students or the rest of Wry Exchange.  It’s just simply fun for me.

My eggs, hatchlings, and eventually adults are sometimes visible, and sometimes obscured by grey ‘fog.’  If one is hidden, it’s sick.  Hiding it keeps it from getting viewed, and apparently it helps.  They hatch, grow, and mature based on the number of page views, first time viewers, and direct clicks.  Too many or too few, and they can die.  They also can breed.

Eggs are released on the hour, and then a few more each five minutes.  There are cheat sheets widely available if you don’t want to be surprised when you choose one.  I like the weird ones, so some of my eggs were tagged “This egg looks like it doesn’t belong.”  The tiny one is a chicken, and the larger ones are dinosaurs.    They are rare, since it’s a dragon game.  

The green one that looks like an earwig?  I ‘adopted’ it as an abandoned egg with less than a day to go before it ‘died’ unhatched because I felt sorry it would die alone.  It hatched within 2 hours because it received a lot of love views from other dragon fans.  (I can’t wait until Husband reads this post.  He doesn’t know anything about my new obsession.)

07-16-08, 9:43 pm
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“Verbal Shrug” “Indifference” “I don’t care.” “Whatever”

That’s what I feel about this past year.  Last year’s students are mostly gone, and the new ones won’t arrive for another month or so.  Meh.   Last year’s inbound students were perfectly nice FESs, bland and boring to me.   I don’t think I know any of them well.  Not even the one who stayed with us part-time, or the other nearby ones.  Not the ones on the trip I chaperoned, either.  I’m quite certain if I knew some of them better, I’d find them to be vibrant, interesting people.   I don’t even feel regret or sadness, I simply don’t care.   I wish them well, but I probably won’t keep in touch with any of them.  Each class is different.  This was a quiet year.  It was also the smallest group we’ve ever had, they were about half the size as we usually host.

I can’t think of anything to write this week.  I’ve just been thinking ‘meh’ to each potential topic.  

Home update:

  • I’ve been busy around the house, faux-painting a ceiling, and helping Husband sand and finish hardwood floors.  
  • Husband was identity-thefted again, a card that hasn’t ever been used online.  This is the 4th time in a year, but the first time it was a credit card instead of a debit card.  The company froze the account, but didn’t notify Husband.  He found out the embarrassing way when he tried to use it.  The company apologized, and gave him $25.00 for not calling.
  • Our oldest Chilean son, Chef, will be here next month.  We’re excited to see him.  It’s been probably  4 years since he’s been here.  I was able to spend time with him in November.  He was an exchange student 10 years ago.
  • Zoloft and Effexor seem to be a great mix.  I don’t have to see my therapist for 8 weeks!  Pretty cool, huh?  I like her, but sometimes I need to go biweekly.  I always do better in Summer.

Brain Dead Still
06-27-08, 3:08 pm
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 I’ve been home a week already, and I’m still tired and discombobulated.  I promise to put up new posts ASAP.

Wry Exchange is One Year Old
06-26-08, 4:43 pm
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Whoo-hoo!  I’ve kept up with Wry Exchange for an entire year.   I posted 324 times, pretty good since I try for an average of five per week.  Thanks for reading.

End of The Year Trips
06-03-08, 11:36 am
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 Ah, the favorite part of the year.  The end of the year trip with all of your co-inbounds.  The FES rite of passage.  The trips last from 10-31 days, most of the US ones are two weeks.  The West coast students go East to see Boston, New York, Niagara Falls, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.    The East coast students go West to see San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas.  The ones in the center of the states can go either way.  The month-long trips include all of the above cities, as well as Orlando, Chicago, New Orleans, Mt. Rushmore, etc.

Typically, half to 2/3 of the students go on an end of the year trip.  The trips are so important that students will ask if one is offered before committing to go with a program.    The students don’t realize until they are on a two-week bus trip how much they’ve bonded with each other.   I’ve often said the bus could drive around in a tight circle for two weeks, and the kids wouldn’t care.   I’ve seen so many trip photos with NO recognizable landmark in any of FES’s photos.  They take photos of each other, over and over.  It’s cute.

The largest South American trips are usually in January and February,  since that’s when the weather is the best.  They’ll still have a Spring trip, too.   The European trips (Eurotrip) go through different countries.   All the trips are slightly different, some will miss Amsterdam, but include Rome.   I believe the Eurotrips are the only ones to go outside the host country’s borders.

This year, my kids are going to Disneyland, Universal Studios, Hollywood, San Francisco, Death Valley, Lake Tahoe, and Las Vegas.   Did I mention my laptop and I will be joining them?  We leave Saturday.   Wish me luck, and pray to the deity of your choice.  

Cold Flashes
04-29-08, 12:12 pm
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 I am a cold woman. 🙂 This post is about physical cold.  Husband jokes that I’m cold from October through April.  He, of course, runs hot.  I think it’s a rule that opposites must marry.  My hands and feet are always cold, and usually my nose and ears. I get goosebumps a few times each week.  It is wonderful to have a soft BadLab to keep my toes warm in bed, and under the desk.  (GoodDobie is a weenie, and must be covered with a blanket.)

I’ve been having periods of bone-chilling coldness for over nine months now.  It feels like I’m cold from the core out, starting inside my chest and ribcage.  Nothing makes it go away unless I take a HOT shower or just go to bed-it goes away overnight.  It’s a bit strange, but I just assumed I was really cold, and my internal thermostat was a bit off.  The chills are becoming more frequent. 

I’ve had nightweats occasionally over the last few years, but I’ve always attributed them to bad dreams.  I have some horrific dreams.  (hostages, mass murder, automatic weapons, torture, etc.)

For the last 2 weeks, I’ve been getting…hot flashes.  The first few times, I thought ‘This is nice, I’m finally warm.’  Then I started getting suspicious.  (I go from fine to sweat running into my eyes in less than a minute. ewww)  I looked up menopause and perimenopause.  OH.HELL.NO.  I’m too young for that crap.  Oh shit, I guess I’m not.  Peri-menopause lasts from 2-8 years, and can begin as early as mid-30’s.   More swearing, much more swearing.  

Now my chilly episodes have a name-cold flashes.  They are the opposite of hot flashes, and apparently not as well known.   It’s dawning on me that I am ~horrors~ middle-aged.