Snow and electricity

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There is snow in Tirana today. Well… there was snow this morning. We woke up to a light dust of snow still covering cars and rooftops around the area. All the kids in the neighborhood were so excited to see snow. This is a rarity in Tirana and we might not see any again for the rest of the winter. What is it about snow that excites kids so much? Even Austin and Tyler were running around with so much excitement – last winter they built tunnels in the snow at my mom and dad’s house in CO. This little sprinkle we had did not even compare!

***Side note: This is the view from our balcony. This house across from us does not look livable but someone does indeed live there. We are finding that it is so common for Albanians to have no regard for the outside of their homes. While we take pride in our homes and our property, Albanians take more pride in their cars and things inside their homes.

Snow in Tirana

We had dinner tonight with friends. There is a great hamburger place we like call the Piazza. They have lived here 3+ years and had never been. We were delighted to introduce them to our favorite hamburger spot. I have been lamenting this week about our electricity and the difficulties we are having. Seems like I blow a breaker every day by running too many things at one time. I can have on one heater, the washer OR the dryer (not both), and one other item running at the same time but more than that overloads the circuits. I feel like I run from room to room to room, turning things on and off all day long. “Sigh.” Well, my lamenting is no more. Melissa can only run one item: a heater, the water heater, OR the dryer. So, if you want to be warm, you can not have hot water or dry clothes. If you want dry clothes, you can not have hot water or heat. If you want to have a hot shower, you can not have heat or dry clothes. Seems crazy, huh? I lament no more! Now if I could only run the vacuum cleaner in more than one room I would be thrilled! The electrical current is too low in the rest of the house to run it… alas, only one crumb free room!

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