Wednesday, October 24, 2007

This short entry is on a different topic than has been the case recently.

My lovely friend Emily is doing an internship in Kenya and has been emailing her friends (and me) with periodic updates on her experiences there. They make very interesting reading, so I volunteered to create a blog for her and transcribe her emails into blog entries and post them.

The blog is Em's in Africa, and if you have an interest in other cultures (assuming you aren't Kenyan) you should check it out. I'm bugging Emily for a bio and some pictures and she promises she'll get me what she can when she is able.

My favorite post so far is "Not For The Weak-Hearted." It's an absorbing and touching anecdote about visiting some mothers in a slum in Nairobi.

The reason I'm doing the blog for Emily is that she has limited access to the Internet where she is, if you're curious.

I find the transcription process to be therapeutic but I'm still not ready to write new posts for myself yet. I'm in Iowa for the duration, which unfortunately does not appear to be very long now.

I miss you all, and kwa heri, as Em would say.

- Hulles

P.S. If you do visit Emily's blog, it would be nice if you would comment. Em is new to blogging and hasn't yet discovered the thrill of having complete strangers (to her) read her writing. And you are the best complete strangers ever.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Just a quick update for those of you who may care.

I'm still assisting in the care of my brother, which means I'm spending 4 or 5 days in Iowa then coming back to Saint Paul for a couple days to get yelled at by Mimi, my big-boned cat. My evil pal Unca Don is taking care of her in my absence, bless his black little heart.

My brother is doing okay, considering. He had a good day on Monday which pleased me to no end.

This whole ordeal is unimaginably hard, but I wouldn't be doing anything else. But my back is killing me and I'm continually exhausted, so still no energy to write. I am storing up a bunch of stuff though, so at some point I'm going to deluge you with blog entries of the first water. We'll see.

I miss you all lots and lots. I also miss reading all your blogs. Except that one blog.

And it really sucks that Lollie and Kat got together in NYC without me. I guess I'll have to show 'em both what fun really is when I am a little less harried and can invade Nuevo York. Hah.

Hugs and kisses to you all, and thanks for caring. It means a lot.

- Hulles

P.S. The Latin title is from memory, I'm too burnt out to actually make sure I remembered it correctly. A half-hearted apology if it's incorrect.