Ladies and gentlemen… cats and dogs… animal lovers and animal Haters… I’m pleased to say I have a pet cat! It’s name is Jadzia and I just found out this past month that she is actually a boy!
For the first month of me being in Benin I was telling everyone that I wanted a cute little cat. Well one evening the Chef D’arrondissement stopped by my house and gave me a bag that I thought had food in it. NOPE. Instead I got my wonderful child/friend animal.
I named her (at the time) Jadzia after one of my favorite characters off of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. My family calls her Josette. It’s fine.
Any who he is only half a house cat. After he got comfortable in the concession, he stayed mostly outdoors. I let him come and go add as he pleases. And I never try to find him to make him come indoors when I’m home. This is because I’ll only be here two years and I don’t want him to become dependant on me and like starve and not be able to take care of himself when I leave.
Things Jadzia likes:
Really any meat
Napping with me
Climbing up to my ceiling and pretending like he can’t get down
Knocking and meowing at my door at 5am to let him in the house
Attacking and nibbling my toes
Getting head scratches
Here are some pictures of us Napping together:
I am here to share a new skill that I have developed. One of the many cool things about joining the Peace Corps is that you get to experience and learn many new things. That alone is an incentive to join. So if you are looking for a sign for whether or not you should join the Peace Corps there it is lol but really talk to me first so I can make sure you know what you are getting into so you don’t make a mistake and I would want this to be a great experience for you not a mistake for you 🙂
back to my new skill!!!!!!
ladiesssss and gentlemeennnn…
I, the Marvellous gift from the stars, Uri-Biia Hesi-Ra Si-Asar
take note of that name because she is going places
has MASTERED the art of…
yes yes it’s true! I can do it! and if you work hard enough you may too be able to do it one day.
This skill manifested itself one day while I was in my outdoor kitchen. Cooking… yes cooking… keep your eye out for my Chef Biia posts! And a spider ran alongside the wall I was cooking by and almost touched me.
Boy did I silently scream! I have also done this the time a huge lizard fell (crawl into but) FELL into my room. This skill is an important skill that only the most skillful could truly utilize the skillfulness of this skill.
Also it comes in handy if you get scared easily and you don’t want people to always think you are dying and to pretend to your neighbors that you are intregrating well into the new environment.
Positive Side effects of the SILENT SCREAM:
- No one hears you screaming
- You can scream as much as you want without being labelled a scaredy cat
- Neighbors won’t come barging into your house because they think your life is in danger
- You feel brave afterwards because you didn’t actually scream
Negative Side effects of the SILENT SCREAM:
- Your heart will still drop in your chest and beat that crazy
- you are still afraid but the outside world doesn’t know
- You strain your throat a little bit
- If there is actual danger no one will know so please assess the situation before silently screaming
- You actually do make a teeny tiny noise while scream so if you forget that other people are around you you may embarass your self. (not speaking from experience, a friend who wished to stay anonymous told me so)