Bad Blogger

It’s been a whirlwind of a month (or more!).  Unfortunately, it has also taken a toll on this blog.  The intent was to try and keep it updated as much as possible but work got really busy (was working 12 hour days) and then I finally got to come home on some R&R.  It has been great to be home but time has flown by, it seems like I only arrived a week ago and yet it is almost time to head back to Kabul.

Secret Sister Swap

I had joined Carla’s secret sister swap but have yet to actually post what I received and from whom.  Well, without further ado, I wanted to thank Joanna (That Thing I Made blog) for the lovely package.  I really didn’t expect the parcel to be sent to Afghanistan, I thought I would get to see it when I got home so you can imagine my surprise (and delight!) when I got her parcel.

  I got a couple of great books (on gardening/canning), some fabric squares (love Seuss!), a Quilting magazine, some Purdy’s chocolates (which were awesome and I am not embarrassed to say that I didn’t share at all!!), a handcrafted bird and a photo/print of a bike in the snow (very cool!).  Joanna’s husband crocheted a scarf and I thought it was totally cool, one of my favourite items – for sure.  The shortbread egg did not make the trip very well.  Unfortunately it takes mail forever to get there so baked goods don’t do well during the summer months.  Thanks again Joanna!  I really liked my stuff 🙂

Puppies and Dogs

So, we picked up our new addition a few weeks ago and he is so precious!  Gala and his are getting along well although she is insecure so she tries to steal all the attention from him.  If you try to pet Findlay, she will shove him out of the way.  He is pretty laid back, for the most part and so he lets her get away with it now but we always tell her that he *will* get bigger lol and then she better be careful 😉

Rest & Relaxation

My time at home is almost at an end, time rally flies.  Not that I have done much since being home.  Mostly helping out around the house, getting errands done (vaccinate the dog, bring the van to the garage, kids doctor appointments etc…) and enjoying the time spent with my family.  Luckily the weather is great, or has been these past few days.  Another positive thing about this R&R is that I was on a late one so when I get back to Kabul, there will be less than 2 months before I am home again.  The plan is to head to Newfoundland for a solid 3 weeks of kicking back and enjoying the slow pace.  Ryan *loves* Newfoundland and spends his days outdoors (which we love), the dogs will have acres to run around loose and plenty of rivers and creeks to explore.  We are also hauling a few second-hand ATVs that we picked up so I am sure Mark will be teaching Ryan how to (safely) drive one.  I think I need a crash course too 😉

Well, I should get back to it.  Here is a picture taken of me shortly before I flew home, it was taken outside of the city.

And one final cool picture before I go.  Tank graveyard, leftovers from the Russian occupation.  Looking down into the barrel.  And, it looks like two eyes and a nose….. 😉



Just a Quickie!

I have been busy!  Got back from Mazar-e-Sharif a few days ago and haven’t stopped.  I would like to take a few pictures and post them as the weather has been gorgeous the last couple of days.  It is the rainy season here so sometimes we get days and days of rain but when it stops – sunny and hot.

So, we will be getting our puppy in just a few more weeks!  Actually, we will be picking him up when I arrive back in Canada for some R&R.

6 weeks old and he already is making those “please forgive me” puppy dog eyes….


Just can’t get mad at him LOL

Now to find him a name that matches.  He is full of energy, gives lots of kisses and is totally goofy.


The Faces of Kabul

It’s been a busy couple of weeks but looks like things will slow down for me in the next couple of days. There is another run tomorrow, this time a 15k at 6:00 in the morning and then the 5k at 9:00.  I would love to try the 15k, I have never “run” that far but not sure I can drag my ass out of bed at 5:30, so I might have to be happy with the 5k – we’ll see 🙂

Recently went into the city and snapped a few pictures along the way.  This is one that I wanted to post because even Kabul has beggars but not quite the same as we see in North America.  Often people will beg in the streets with traffic zipping by on either side of them.  Some of the saddest to see are the mothers with their children.  Actually, I don’t know whether to be sad or angry sometimes.  The traffic can pass by quite quickly and it would be so easy to have one or all of them hit and killed.  Luckily this street was not as busy.

C’mon Spring!

The weather here had been pretty cruddy.  Rain, rain , rain which generally means – MUD.  There are no paved roads in this camp, everything is dirt and gravel so I am not a big fan of the rain.  However, the other day the rain turned into snow and it continued to snow all night.  Ugh.  I thought we were on our way to an Afghan spring.  Anyhow, luckily, the sun did decide to come out and the snow started to melt – quickly.  Sooooo, lakes of water everywhere.  I took this picture just to give an idea of the amount of standing water we are dealing with.  I was also quite happy to see the mountains.  We don’t often see them here because of the smog but every now and again we get an awesome view.  One day I will try and get a picture of the same spot, with smog, what a difference!

I hear Ontario is getting more snow, I will keep my fingers crossed that some warmer weather comes your way 😉


Cowtown Run

So, every year in Fort Worth, Texas, there is an event called the Cowtown Marathon.  Since there are so many Texans in Camp Phoenix (I suppose), some Americans organized a shadow run (5K) here in camp.  It was held on February 23rd, which turned out to be a pretty nice day.  We are getting spring-like weather here and so lots of rain.  We still did run through the mud but overall was pretty fun and although I didn’t come in first (no chance of that happening LOL), I didn’t come in last either.  For some reason I can’t upload my picture to photobucket, so if you want to see pictures, click the link (HERE) and it will take you to the Op Attention facebook page with the picture(s).

Some pictures that I was able to upload were the ones of my favourite three puppies.  I am hoping to get another dog so I went back to the breeder where we got Gala.  Her dog Dharma, had a litter of 8 puppies about 2 weeks ago.  They are all cute as heck but I do have my favourites.  Of course, it is based purely on looks and so my choices will probably change as they develop personalities.  And then I have to consider Mark and Ryan as well, hoping to find a pup we all can agree on.

The pups in this litter were named after Greek god/goddesses/mythical figures.  These names are just used to identify them, because honestly, who wants to refer to the pups as “blue merle male #1”?  ugh.  So, without further ado, my puppy choices:

Atlas (blue merle male)

Talos (red tri male)

Themis (Black tri male)

Aren’t they adorable??  I am such a sucker for the puppies, if I had the room I would probably want a whole pack of them.



I know that not everyday will I have something interesting to talk about so I figured, at the very least, I would post a picture and talk about it.  At the very least, family and friends would get to experience a bit of this country with me.  So, without further ado, here is my first picture:

Legoland first floor

There are a lot of different buildings and quarters on this camp.  Where I live it is called legoland because from the road it looks like a bunch of lego blocks stacked together.  As you can see there is a wooden “boardwalk” the runs all the way through the halls and around the perimeter.  The second floor looks just like the first except they don’t have a “roof”.  The thing is, not only is the main floor very creepy (especially when the lights go out and it’s pitch black), but when it rains or snows, everything from the second floor boardwalk melts and drips on your head.  Ew.  Each of these rooms opens to the outdoors which means a trip to the toilet includes putting on clothes and a pair of shoes.

That’s all I’ve got for today 🙂

Greetings from Kabul

I wasn’t going to do any blog posts while I was away but I joined Carla’s swap and it was a requirement 🙂  I guess, if anything, I can keep people up to date on what’s happening here with me.

First off, I would like to say that it is not hotter than Hades here.  I got here in October and by November it was cold.  By December it was snowing.  Just sayin’….  Right now it is starting to warm up but it still freezes at night.  Must admit, not envious of the weather everyone is experiencing on Ontario and Quebec right now 😉

One of the more exciting things happening right now is that I am hoping to get a puppy.  we love Gala so much that I have been bugging Mark to get her a friend.  we decided to go back to the breeder where we got Gala, Extreme Aussies, and Dharma is about to explode (seriously, she’s huge LOL)

This is a picture of her, isn’t she pretty?

That’s all I am going to write for today.  I am tired and I have to save something for next time.  Believe it or not, my job is not too exciting.  I will try to show you a bit of Afghanistan though.

Good night.