Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Where Am I?

I am in Africa, Duh! This week's FS weekly roundup theme is "A picture from where you are now" and it is being hosted by Becky at Small Bits. Make sure to click over there on Friday to see all the cool locations people where people are both mentally and physically. You may notice a ribbon of pink running through the photos this week. The pink is in honor of Jen Dinoia, a busy mom who decided to celebrate breast cancer awareness month (October) by getting diagnosed with breast cancer while her husband was serving an unaccompanied tour in the middle-east. I honestly can't imagine anything worse. Cyberbones has followed Diplopundit's example and gone pink in honor of Jenn. Today's post will be my contribution to the roundup, but first I bring you this public service announcement:

To the males in my household who delight in leaving this in every dark corner:

You are not nearly as funny as you think you are! If this continues we will see how funny you find braised chicken feet and stewed tomatoes and okra for dinner. Just Saying! Now back to our regularly scheduled post.

When I was a kid I desperately wanted to go to Africa. I loved watching documentaries about Jane Goodall. I wanted to go live with the chimpanzees too. I never missed an episode of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom unless I was grounded. How many of you are now humming the theme song? "Mu-tu-al of Oooo-ma-ha is people you can count on when the going's hard" My favorite episodes were always the ones about Africa. I could see deer and raccoons out my door in my own fields but I just couldn't imagine walking out the door and seeing an elephant. How cool would that be?

Jump forward a few decades. We get posted to Africa. *SQEEEE!* Then we get here. In the first week the electricity goes out constantly, tiles fell off the wall in the kitchen, we ran out of water, the shower in the master bath (still) doesn't work, and the only animals out my door seem to be big a** spiders. YIKES! This was not the Africa I dreamed of. It is a dust coated, mosquito infested let down of enormous proportions.

Last weekend we went on safari. While hanging out in the pool staring out over the Luangwa River I began to fall just a little bit in love with Africa again. Suddenly I can remember why as a kid I thought Africa was the coolest place on Earth.

This pool is the perfect place to fall in love with Africa. Just steps away from the bar (11 steps, I counted!) it is calm, peaceful, relaxing and WOW! what a view!

Elephants! You wouldn't believe how long it took them to get up the nerve to walk down to the water. You would think something that big would be a lot less jumpy.

Impalas and baboons

Crowned cranes and sacred ibis

Pink baby baboon ears!
And yes they were very, very close to the pool.
How cute is that baby?!?

The pink of the sunset


Connie said...

Very pink :) and I love the photos! That pool is an awesome vantage point! I also enjoyed watching Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom when I was a kid! I didn't watch much tv at all, but that was one I loved.
Our last nanny and the kids (when they were little!) had this ongoing issue with toy snakes... she hated them and they scared her, but she'd hide them, the kids loved them, would find them, play with them, leave them all over the place. I felt sorry for her, but then again, they were just toys... so, I stayed out of it...

A Daring Adventure said...

Oh heck yeah, baby! I LOVED The Mutual of Omaha!

Love your pictures, too! And, sorry, but I think the plastic bug thing is hysterical. Of course, that's because it's not happening to *me*. You- you can handle those sorts of things. Because you are Amazing Mom.

And speaking of Amazing Mom, LOVE the eyeball cake! It's totally way super awesome. What kind of amazing mother are you?! Because: 1.) I could never make that cake- I don't have the skillz, and 2.) I would never make that cake, because I'm not that fun. Do your boys even know how lucky they are to have such a fun, skilled mom?

Monica said...

LOVE THE NEW LOOK! pics are great as usual. hope you are feeling better and that dave is resisting the urge ;o)

Jen said...

Sniff, sniff, thank you! I was having a pity party after having not such a good day yesterday and the color (very bright!) completely cheered me up.

Oh, and those spiders...I would totally cook that meal if my kids did that to me (though my fear would be snakes)!

Thank you!

A Daring Adventure said...

Hey Shannon, seen the comments section of Zoe's pink picture offering?

That Donna. She is one funny gal!

A Daring Adventure said...

ROTFL, Shannon! Don't miss the comments section on this one, either:


Becky said...

Your post has been included in the weekly State Department Blog Round Up

Thanks for your wonderful contribution!

Becky said...

Hey Shannon. I think it is awesome! I laughed so hard I almost coughed up a lung. Made my day better and I know it made Jen smile too. I really do think it was fantastic.

Becky said...

Please tell Cyberbones thanks for it.

Launi said...

Oh, my goodness--you are one brave woman. I had a chimp jump on my head when I was a kid--yes, I did, and it knocked me to the ground--and I've never liked monkeys since. And the spider thing--holy cow.
The land looks beautiful though and I'm in awe of your experience. Good for you.

Jill said...

Oh those plastic spiders. I'm thankful that my girls despise them as much as I do ... therefore, we won't ever have those in our house.

That is, until Gray gets older and I'm sure that I'll have my fair share of grossness.

Love your safari photos.

More importantly, I love that you know you were only 11 steps from the bar. It's the important things...