Monthly Archives: January 2012

Life in Kirkuk

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Just a quick photo – one I took last time I was up here in Kirkuk. As I was sitting in my vehicle waiting, I looked and saw this… My heart swelled just a little.


Tragedy Tomorrow, Comedy Tonight

As some of you know, for the past few months I’ve been working on a radio play called Vintage Hitchcock, which is a live radio play, peformed in front of an audience (for more about the play, click here) complete with sound effects and music. We have been rehearsing, and last weekend, finally, were the performances! I’ve been doing a lot with the play. In addition to acting in the play, I’ve stage managed, made my costume, done the sound design and wrote music for jingles (thank you, GarageBand!) and proofread the program multiple times. I even figured out how to get the copier to staple and fold the programs! This was the inaugural production of Camp Cupcake Community Theatre, and we hope it’s just the first of many to come.

We had two performances, and this being our first production, we didn’t know how many people would show up. We were pleasantly surprised when we had around 75 the first night, and about the same for the second. One of our actors had an unfortunate fall the night before the first performance, and another actor stepped into the role – such is life in the theater, and in Baghdad. Being that it was a radio play, we were using scripts, so it wasn’t too nerve wracking. Most things went as they were supposed to, a few minor hitches, but not many that the audience caught. After our final performance we had a cast party, which the DCM graciously offered his place for, and we toasted one last time to Alfred Hitchcock and Camp Cupcake Community Theatre! We have already started thinking about our next production. What should we do next?


Sawa sawa

It’s a new year and time for a new blog post. I made it through the holidays, and life in Baghdad goes on. I started dating someone new over the holidays, and had a great New Years. Having someone to kiss when the new year starts is a wonderful thing! He’s a huge soccer fan, and so I’ve been learning more about the game, and watching a LOT more of it. In return, I started teaching him about football and the little I know about hockey. I don’t think I’ve won him over to either of these sports, but he seem interested to learn more. He also plays on one of the embassy teams, and so I watch the games here as well. They yell “Sawa sawa!” a lot – which means okay in Swahili. They also yell his name a lot – he’s a defender. I’ve googled soccer rules so that I have a little more knowledge. I’ve watched more soccer in the last few weeks than I probably have the rest of my life! 🙂

The last month has found me roving in a few different sections, and soon I’ll be heading back up to Kirkuk to fill in there. After that, time for vacation!! This time I’ll be heading to Sharm el-Sheikh! I’m looking forward to relaxing on the beach and seeing the sights. I’ve never been there, but it sounds fantastic! There will be pictures to follow, of course. Stay tuned!


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