Katieholder’s Blog

What the what?!

Ok, so since I spent last week basically holed up inside my apartment waiting for my cracked ribs to heal (and working from home on my laptop) I didn’t think I would have anything to post….until today happened.

Several weird/strange/awesome things happened today that I think you should be aware of, so here goes:

1.  Woke up at 9 a.m. full of energy (and very little pain) and couldn’t wait to get out the door to go grocery shopping and pay my internet bill. After so many days inside, I think my brain cracked and overrode any blahness/pain I was feeling. Seriously, I felt like a peppy morning show host after 5 cups of coffee…it was pretty sweet. Weird.

2.  I hit my favorite grocery store (actually it’s tied w/ another place that will be mentioned later), Ikh Delguur for the first part of my grocery bizness. As I was stocking up on the usual stuff (dehydrated soy “meat”, cheese ravioli, detergent, etc.) I stumbled upon…SLOPPY JOE SAUCE! This stuff wasn’t german or russian, it was AMERICAN! Everything was in English and let me tell you, it was glorious!!! It was also a huge suprise because this store does NOT carry much “Amerik” stuff. Obviously, I knew immediately what I was having for dinner tonight–“Faux Sloppy Joes”! Awesome.

3.  After Ikh Delguur, I went to the internet place to pay my bill and…it was open!!! Seriously, that’s kind of a big deal here when things are open when the sign says they’re open. And, I semi-understood what the lady was saying! Awesome/weird.

4.  Soon after I stopped at my 3rd grocery store (no you canNOT get everything you need at one store–that would rip the universe space/time continuum in two if it ever happened), Good Price. This place is like a little America right here in Erdenet (Doritos, cheetos, oreos, smuckers jam, peanut butter, refried beans, snapple, mug root beer, etc.) so I go there at least every 2 weeks (sometimes I don’t even buy anything, I just stare and fondle the products until the owner gives me the evil eye). Anywhoooo, so I’m there and what do I spy??? Jelly Belly freezer pops, Hershey’s chocolate milk and organic soy milk with a USDA stamp. So, yeah, I bought the freezer pops and the chocolate milk (I had already bought regular milk earlier this week, but I’ll go back and get the soy stuff when I run out). Awesome!

5. I bought fruit (at the 4th grocery store). And I will eat it. (This is a weird thing since I’m not a big fruit person anyway, but I need the stuff here since I’m not eating a ton of vegetables)

6. So, after a successful day food shopping, I was still energized and decided to tackle the semi-big pile of laundry that has been accumulating. Not only did I wash clothes, but I washed sheets, pillowcases and my bathroom rug. Very weird.

7. While washing clothes I swept and generally cleaned my apartment. This goes under the “weird” category.

8. Invited my sitemate Alona over for dinner (Faux Sloppy Joes w/ green and red peppers, black beans, and millet). My other sitemates were in UB getting their swine flu vaccinations (I got mine last week if you’ll remember) so we had a nice evening hanging out. Me cooking for other people in the states is normal. Me cooking for other people here when I can barely feed myself is weird.

9. So now for the negative/strange thing. As I was cleaning the apartment this afternoon, I took my garbage out to the dump in front of my apartment (classy, I know). First thing I noticed was that there wasn’t any garbage spilling out all over the place and the metal dumpsters were locked up which is very unusual. The second thing I noticed as I walked up, was that there was a strange rustling coming from the dumpster. I had a hunch to what it might be, unfortunately, that hunch turned out to be correct. Ok, so someone either on accident or on purpose locked the dumpster with two small puppies inside. Not cool. Sure they have food, but they don’t have water or anywhere warm to escape to. Soooo, I unlocked the dumpster (had to kick the second latch open) and got them out. Garbage spilled out.  Oh well, I didn’t care. I love animals and to see the way that people treat them here is very difficult for me. There aren’t enough vets here to do mass spaying/neuterings to keep the population under control and honestly, people don’t care about it. My dream is to start a “Vets without Borders” program, get a stripped down bus and have the vets pick up the strays and neuter/spay them. When you see a frozen puppy on the sidewalk, that’s rough. You remember that shit and want to do something about it. Soooo, I guess what I’m saying is that I’ve found my new secondary project.

Ok, well that’s about it. Yeah, I know I live a fascinating life, right? Don’t be jealous. (Sarcasm)

Enjoy your amenities! Love, Katie

‘The contents of this website are mine personally and do not reflect any position of the U.S. Government or the Peace Corps.’


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  1. * Diana says:

    The part about the puppies makes me really sad 😦

    | Reply Posted 9 years, 3 months ago
  2. * Jennifer Banz says:

    We know how much you like to pick up stray puppies. What did you do with them?

    | Reply Posted 9 years, 3 months ago
    • * katieholder says:

      There’s nothing you can do unless you want to take in a dog (which with my schedule and small apartment wouldn’t be good). There aren’t enough vets in the country do deal with all of the livestock, let alone all of the dogs or cats, so it’s a frustrating/expensive thing to have a pet here. I just have to do what I can and hope they survive the winter. The puppies have a pack that they’ve been hanging with, so they’re not alone which is a very good thing.

      | Reply Posted 9 years, 3 months ago

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