Sorry once again for a long absence. The upside is that I am adjusting quite well to life in Jakarta and finding myself more busy than I could have believed possible. The other day Scott called to tell me he had a comp day that he had to take soon. What day would be good for me to golf with him? I looked at my calendar and replied, “I am booked for the rest of the week!” This is what retirement looks like I guess.
So, what do I do with my time? First, I spend half of it in traffic (haha)! Seems like it but only about a third!
I have agreed to serve on the board of the American Women’s Association (AWA) as a Co-Treasurer for this next year starting June 1. This has taken a huge chunk of time in the past couple of weeks learning the ropes. The handover has gone smoothly so far and I am learning so much about our organization and banking practices in Indonesia! They are sticklers for perfection so I have been practicing my own signature. (Not kidding on this one. I call it my Catholic school signature….perfect enough for a nun to approve!) We have a great group of women on the board and I am looking forward to working with them and getting to know more of our members.
I have also been volunteering with the Social Welfare committee for AWA. I was able to visit a Yayasan (charity) that is a place for elderly women to come during the day while their families work. They feed them lunch and give them a place to socialize. Sweet women. Scott and I spent a Saturday at Community Day working with another Yayasan that supports children. He worked in the organic garden picking and cleaning vegetables and I read books with the children. It is heartwarming to be involved with the local people. The children especially are so bright and eager. Many can speak limited English and love to practice with us.
As most of you know my initial reason for joining AWA was to be part of their Creative Writing class. It has been a great learning experience but also a source of encouragement and friendship. And yes, it was supposed to make my blog better but it is a huge part of why I have neglected it. With the support of my fellow writers I have been doing a writing project aimed at children. This past week I “workshopped” my project with some wonderful children K through 3 grade at a local International School. It was very helpful and a joy to be around little ones again. As the project progresses I will share more here with y’all. For now I have made all the deadlines I set for myself and will have some more free time to write my blog.
For “fun” I have been golfing. I try to get in a round each week with a great group of ladies. My game is slowly improving but more than that it is helping my bahasa Indonesia! The caddies are great to practice on and you would be amazed at how many “golfing words” show up in everyday life. Most of all it is a chance to be outside and walking. Not many places to do that near us without some sort of face mask to block the fumes from the cars, motorcycles, and buses.
I have kept my shopping skills up by hitting several bazaars that feature local and regional handicrafts. These bazaars not only support the vendors but raise money for charities as well. (Philanthropy is my middle name.) Now the apartment has a little more flair….or just more to dust as Scott would say. He recently asked me what “tchotchkies” were. I told him it was stuff you buy that needs to be dusted. (Insert his eyeroll here!)
Throw into my calendar a few lunches and dinners for birthdays and such and you can see how I can stay very busy. Scott and I have also snuck away for a couple of weekends to Bali and to Singapore/Kuala Lumpur. (More on that later…pinkie promise!)
So I apologize again for not sharing more often on my blog. I will catch up in the next few weeks in anticipation of the arrival of our children in July! I will probably disappear from cyberspace again for that month but when I come back will have wonderful (or at least entertaining) stories about our adventures in Indonesia.