Aaack!

I know, I know… it’s been forever since I posted something on the blog.  I can’t even blame “work” for being too busy to post!

The truth is we arrived in Koh Samui and have been house-sitting two dogs and a cat in the Bophut area of Koh Samui.  The reason I haven’t blogged is because it is so HOT.  I mean, this is an Africa kind of hot… sweltering heat that saps my energy and leaves me drained at the end of the day.  Damon and I collapsed into bed one night at 8:28pm! That’s just downright embarrassing.  I had to say goodnight to my 9 year old son.

And, along with the heat is this really deep, hard sleep.  I don’t dream, I don’t wake up at night, I don’t move around in the bed… I’m so tired that I can barely move.  In the morning I wake up feeling like I slept HARD.  Like I had a heavy mattress on top of me and I’m still pressed into the bed.  I end up feeling achy and not rested enough.  It’s strange.

Wesley doesn’t seem to have that problem.

Napping Buddies

Napping Buddies

The good news is that we’re having a great time house-sitting.  We have a beautiful 2 bedroom 2 bath home to live in and a small pool next door.  The Canadian family who owns the big house next door encourages their neighbors to use the pool while they’re gone.  You can see the roof of our house at the top of the picture.

Personal Pool

View of the small pool.

We would walk next door when we got too hot and jump into the little pool.  Then we would climb the outdoor stairs to their veranda.

View of the ocean from the 3rd floor.

View of the ocean from the 3rd floor.

For two weeks we got to play with puppies, swim in the small pool, go for walks in the condo complex, swim in the condo’s main pool, and scoot around town.  It was fabulous.

Main Pool.

Main Pool.

Badminton in the yard.

Badminton in the yard.

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Wesley with a few “friends” while he eats.

One of the best things about the entire pet-sitting scenario is that EVERYONE was thrilled with the outcome.  Damon and I thought we got the best end of the deal because we got free lodging for two weeks… and Lauren & Dave (the pet owners) thought they got the best end of the deal because they had people taking care of their pets in their own home… everyone wins.

Next on our travel itinerary… Chaweng Beach!

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Things are happening…

I haven’t posted this week and it’s because we’ve been BUSY!  Here’s a short rundown of what we’ve been up to this week…

We went to Paradise Beach to try out SNUBA for the first time.  Fun times!

Damon, Wesley and I diving the coral at Paradise Beach

Damon, Wesley and I diving the coral at Paradise Beach

The visibility wasn’t great… it’s low season in Thailand.  But we had a great time and Wesley learned how to use a regulator.  It was awesome.  I’ll write a longer post on it sometime soon.  Because after SNUBA we went to Patong to do some shopping…

Jungceylon Shopping Center in Patong

Jungceylon Shopping Center in Patong

The mall there is HUGE and we were excited to do a little shopping.  We had to bribe Wesley with McDonald’s nuggets and Baskin Robbins : )  But as we were paying for his nuggets we realized we were OUT of cash.  Paradise Beach had soaked us completely.  A quick pat-down revealed that neither Damon or I had remembered to bring our ATM card.  Major fail.  We scraped together all the money we had, found a cabbie who would drive us home for 400Thb (in coins practically!) and managed to buy Wesley a single cone of “cotton candy” before we left.  Not ONE restaurant or store that we went into would take credit cards…?!

But the next day we had important business…

Wesley had to take his third grade exams : )

Wesley passes 3rd grade!

Wesley passes 3rd grade!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I looked around online for grade evaluation tests and finally found this Ohio half-test.  It seemed like a good idea to give him a test to “pass” third grade.  He even got a diploma : )

Diploma

And to top it all off… we’re moving tomorrow!  We’re packing up today to leave early on Saturday for Samui.  We have to take a bus, a ferry and a cab to get there, so it should be an interesting travel day.

Open Suitcase

Moving on to Koh Samui.

We Found a House-Sit!

Six months ago when we first started dreaming about this trip, I was trying to find out any information I could about selling our stuff and traveling for a year… and I found the blog Where is Jenny?  She had some great information on garage sales, Craigslist, mystery shopping and alternative accommodations.  One of them was house-sitting internationally.

I signed up with Housecarers, Mind My House, and I sometimes check in at The Caretaker Gazette.  I figured it would be a great experience for us to LIVE somewhere.  What’s more local that taking your dog for a walk?  What better way to feel like you live there than to carry your groceries (of pet food) into a real house and prepare food in a real kitchen?  Besides the obvious cost savings, Wesley is a real home-body.  He doesn’t like leaving the house, let alone changing hotels.  Besides, he really misses Snowflake, Bella & BlackJack.  (Actually, I think we all do).  I thought it would be good for all of us to get some pet snuggles… even if we are “stealing” them from another families pets : )

The problem is, competition is fierce for people who live in desirable areas… and South East Asia is a desirable location!  We were turned down for a long-term house sit in Pattaya (a beautiful home with private pool), because there are so many people willing to travel for free lodging.

But a house-sit came up that was relatively short, close-by, and with two of the cutest pets ever!  Meet Lola & Margot…

Look at that face!

Look at that face!

She's winking at me : )

She’s winking at me : )

We get to take care of these little guys for two weeks!  I’m so excited!  I can’t wait to play on the beach with Lola and have Margot sit in my lap and purr.  I don’t dare tell Wesley about it yet… he’ll want to leave tomorrow.

If you run into him, don’t tell!