Originally posted on the adoption blog in October 2010
A Bit of a Breather
Nothing I can share right now on the paperwork front. Just keep praying that all the issues are resolved. Like, soon. Like, early Monday morning.
Today we had to get out of the house. Just HAD to, or we were all about to go insane. Sitting around watching the phone for potential news (or misleading/inaccurate news) all week has worn on everyone in the house. So, we booked a driver and headed to the local Wildlife Education Centre. We had a great time touring the closest thing to a zoo you'll see in this country. It was funny how many of the animals roamed freely throughout the park. Eddie, our driver/guide warned us as soon as we came in to protect all our belongings because the monkeys would take them. Sure enough, as soon as we got in, we saw a pack of monkeys stealing a little girl's juice and snack. We saw another monkey running off with a man's bag of chips. I made the mistake of telling Sass to get back in the stroller or a monkey would get her, and she was positively terrified the whole day. Oops. There goes Mother of the Year Award.
We saw huge spiders, some rare snakes, crocodiles, warthogs, zebras, lions, giraffes, and lots of other animals.
Another funny moment was when we were down on the pier taking in a great view of Lake Victoria, all of a sudden the 3 camels (that people could pay to ride) came galloping down the hill. We were glad we weren't in their path. We would definitely have added camels to the "Animals That Sass is Terrified Of" list.
The adventure continued as we went on to the Botanical Gardens. Eddie drove us through and told us about each of the areas. He stopped at one point in a grove of trees and got out to show us some of the monkeys. They weren't as aggressive as the ones at the zoo, but they were definitely no stranger to the food-bearing humans. Pearl loved walking around with the monkeys. Sass and I stayed safely in the car, though. Every time I cracked the van door open, Sassafras would scream "CLOSE IT!" It certainly did not help matters when a monkey hopped right up on the front of the van windshield just inches from her face. :)
On the way home, we stopped at Fasika, our favorite Ethiopian restaurant. It was yummy, unique food, and we all really enjoyed our time there...until a tiny little cat came out and sat under our table. Sassafras and Pearl BOTH flipped out. Sass, who has a cat she loves at home, freaking out over a little kitten. Pearl, who had just come centimeters away from wild monkeys. It was comical, to say the least. I think we were just all due for a nice, long nap.
Keep praying for major progress on Monday. Much love to you all!