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February 20th, 2009

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Well that was quite a hiatus. Things have been, um, interesting.

Winnie is now in a convent boarding school in a city about 45 minutes from here. She pulled some major crap on us, and Guy finally reached his breaking point. She will return to Cameroon for good at the end of the school year. I have to say that I am relieved that she is not in the house. I had reached my breaking point with her months ago, and the more there was a disconnect between me and Guy on what to do with her, the more stress there was at home. Now things are feeling much more peaceful and 'right.' Except that Maeve is having a bit of a hard time with this. We are trying to reassure her and love her as much as possible to make sure that she doesn't suffer too much from no longer having her big sisters in the house.

There's a new sheriff in town, and I am delighted. The new boss is tough but a lovely person. She's shaking things up a bit here, which is causing stress for some folks. Including me (remember there are negative stressors and positive stressors). I came to the conclusion after my last stint as acting boss that I really do not enjoy being the big cheese right now in my career. When you are the one doing everything, it makes it very hard to do anything well. And if there is anything I hate, it's feeling like I'm doing a half-assed job. Doing a half-assed job will not position me well for the next assignment. Who will want a program officer who has done everything but program officer work? So she's helping me to re-focus, and I welcome that.

Our houskeeper/nanny has been AWOL this week. We heard through the grapevine that she took her sick mother to Lome, but she hasn't tried to contact us. I hope she comes back. Maeve and Kieran are on vacation next week, and the house is trashed. Guy actually got out the vacuum cleaner 2 days ago.

The dog had a terrible case of conjunctivitis. I mean really terrible. People would take one look at her and recoil in horror. It was so bad I thought at one point she'd lose her eye. Thank god for old tubes of pink-eye medicine we'd used for the kids, which cleaned up the infection nicely.

The cat keeps pooping where she's not supposed to. I cleaned up the litter box and whole area surrounding it yesterday, but came home to find a big dump in our dressing room. I can't figure out why she's doing this.
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