Have you ever seen the rain?

(In answer to the title: not like this I haven’t!)

Basically all there is to talk about in Brunei lately is rain. It has been raining practically non stop for what feels like forever (but has probably been about 2 weeks). There have been short breaks where I have walked to town for a pedicure and we have had a swim. There was a well-timed reprieve for a party on Friday night. There was a whole day of sunshine yesterday when we wandered around town for a while and went out for frozen yogurt with a friend.

But there have also been a whole lot of dark rainy drives to the club. An uncountable number of car to building (or vice versa) dashes where less than a minute leaves you soaking. There has been a broken umbrella, and a (far superior, push button) replacement. There have been flooded car parks and fields and everywheres. There have been several days where the water table rose to the point that our toilets stopped flushing properly (the perils of living on the ground floor).

I tried to take some phone pictures of how rainy it is, but really couldn't capture how intense it is.  At least not without braving the rain for longer than I was willing!

I tried to take some phone pictures of how rainy it is, but really couldn’t capture how intense it is. At least not without braving the rain for longer than I was willing!

The worst thing, though, is the fact that I have been stuck inside so much.  After six weeks of morning sickness, two weeks of dog bite healing, and two weeks of rain, I have been inside for what feels like forever.  I am heartily sick of our house, and all I want to do is get outside and walk.  The temperature has been great (even bordering on cold), but the rain is just too intense to really venture out (and this is coming from a girl who has gone tramping in some crazy bad weather in the past – rain, hail, snow, whatever!)  I am so aware that I am getting bigger and less fit with every passing day, and while I have been enjoying my yoga, I really want to get more walking in while I am comfortable and fit enough to do so.

All that said, I am extremely grateful to live where we do.  There are areas of Brunei that are fully flooded and have sustained significant damage.  Even closer by, there are properties with large amounts of grass that are completely sodden , with small lakes forming in many backyards.  Meanwhile, our property is concrete covered, with decent drainage surrounding it, and has really survived very well.  I know that my challenges are minor in the grand scheme of things.  But that doesn’t stop it being pretty annoying, and it certainly doesn’t stop me wishing for this rain to stop – for my sake as well as others!

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I’m back (with news…)

Let’s start with the obvious: the last post I published here was in late October.  That is nearly three months absent.  Even for this very slack blogger, that is a ridiculously long break.  I do have a reason, an excuse really, but even with that I realise this was crazy.

The  thing is that in early November, we found out that our last round of fertility treatment was successful.  So yes, I am pregnant, after more than three long years of waiting.

This was a huge shock (the best kind of shock).  And what was also a shock was how hard it hit me.  From mid-November right up until Christmas I was feeling sick most of the day, and spent a LOT of time on the couch and in bed.  I was grateful to be there, but it also sucked.

Then at Christmas, we went to Thailand.  It was cooler, and the climate changed things overnight.  Suddenly I could spend time outside, and walk around exploring.  It was still a lazy holiday, but it was also lovely.  We wandered and marketed and board gamed and ate Mexican food and took a cooking class and went to a National Park and temples.  I slept quite a lot, but that was okay.  I was feeling great. (So great that I got nervous something had gone wrong!)

And then on our last day, we were walking home, chatting away, when a dog tied up on the side of the street started barking and snapped and bit my leg.  It was pretty gnarly, so we rushed to a clinic for a rabies shot and a clean up (and to push everything back inside my leg).  All went fine, and the wound is healing well.  But unfortunately, healing well still means keeping weight off it, keeping it mostly elevated, and avoiding too much water.  So no swimming, no walking, no yoga.  Lots ofett Full House watching.  I am getting a pretty strong case of cabin fever.  I want to get out and enjoy this second trimester energy!

Last January, the two of us were preparing for our big adventure in Brunei.  This January the three of us (!) are preparing for a whole new adventure!

Last January, the two of us were preparing for our big adventure in Brunei. This January the three of us (!) are preparing for a whole new adventure!

Long story short – I am one of those bloggers who take an extended blog break, and come back with baby news.  I am happy about it (delighted even!), but don’t intend for this blog to become a baby blog.  Nor do I intend to have such long absences in the future (although I can’t promise anything there).

And for the next few days at least, I’m fairly couch-bound, so might well be playing catch up!