Podcast, Friendsgiving, and T-shirt Design

Long time me neva update! My lack of blog presence hasn’t been on purpose; I lost my Internet access for the past month or so, which has been a blessing in disguise. No Internet has encouraged better habits in my daily life such as reading more, getting out into my community, and simply being present. However, today I finally caved to my desire to indulge in a little interwebs and here I am at an Internet café that is about a half hour walk from my house. DSCN0149.jpg

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November, like many months here, came and went with the blink of an eye. I started it off enjoying my last full day home in Philly, and in the evening I visited an old friend, Dan Drago. Last year, Dan began producing a podcast called 25 O’ Clock, and even though I was only home for three and a half days, I agreed to come over to do a session for his show. I’m glad that I did! For one, he is located in a neighborhood that I used to live in (South Philly near Snyder station), and it was a blast from the past being in that area after many years. I hope you poke around his site and I encourage you to check out episodes of his podcast. Here is a link to the podcast episode.

Then I came back to Jamaicaland. November had its ups and downs, but one of my November highlights was starting a garden in my yard.

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The ultimate highlight of November, by far, was the fact that my best friend, Kim Tri, came to visit me! Kim was my first visitor here on the island and I had a blast showing her my community, as well as having her for Thanksgiving.

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Friendsgiving was so much fun---the amount of food we pulled together was ridiculous! My biggest feat was making my first pies (apple and pumpkin) from scratch!

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Here are two recent bonus pictures:

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See the header on top of this blog? I quickly created it as a last minute submission for our annual T-shirt contest, and I think they look pretty spiffy:

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DSCN0305.jpg So, not too much time for a real update (the café timer is ticking), but things are good and I am really excited to experience Christmas in Jamaica (although I will miss my family!).

-Melissa