We all knew it was going to happen eventually — it’s been nearly a week and I haven’t written a thing on here. But the wild craziness that was this past week has finally calmed down, so I’m back again.

Random observation 1: An interesting by-product of the difference in time zones is that when we come home from work late at night daytime TV shows are on. Nothing like coming home from a long day at work and still getting to watch Oprah and Dr. Phil. At least we don’t have to engage our brains to keep up with what’s going on.

Random observation 2: In a country with nearly zero humidity, the difference between the temperature in the sun and the temperature in the shade is actually quite noticeable. Suddenly the fact that this place used to be a summer escape hundreds of years ago makes a little more sense.

Random observation 3: Weevils love boxes of oatmeal that are shipped in the middle of the summer and take three weeks to arrive. They do not, however, seem to be attracted to cinnamon graham crackers.

Random observation 4: Petroleum jelly is a really good eye makeup remover. If one were a clever marketer, one could sell petroleum jelly for twice the price of ordinary Vaseline if one put it in a cute tube and labeled it “eye makeup remover” on a website that didn’t list its ingredients. Not that I personally would have fallen for that, of course, but that’s what I’ve heard. 🙂

Random observation 5: When there is no escape from one’s coworkers, it is best to remain on good terms with them because otherwise a long day can be made to feel infinitely longer. Even if one hated confrontation, for instance, better to get it over with than to sit for hours next to someone who is seething at the sight of you.

Random observation 6: When one lives in a place that doesn’t observe daylight savings time, during the summer the sun comes up at 4 in the morning. Every morning. Through the window right over your bed that doesn’t have blinds on it.