We had an active week being consumers, so we thought we'd share some of the highlights.
Department of Transportation: Still no car. Waiting on the following transaction: bank must officially deregister car in their name, owner must reregister in her name, owner must deregister in her name, owner must register in our name. Many stamps will be inked.
Department of Energy: Africa doesn't do billing. Not for the vet, not for phones, and certainly not for electricity. Below is a picture of our power meter. The main screen shows you how many kilowatt hours are left and you recharge the meter by paying for power at a gas station (like a gas tank). The keypad allows you to put in a recharge token (like a pin) that is texted to you and allows the power you purchased to be credited to your account. Above the pad, you can see the smiley and sad faces on the left - bet you can figure out what that means about your power supply. On the right, the light bulb blinks once for every watt/hour you're using, so 1000 blinks = 1 kw/h. The faster the light blinks (like when Kelsey dries her hair), the more juice you're using.
Department of Housekeeping: We didn't get the car, but the car owner was able to sell us her old dishwasher (in fine shape), so we installed it over the weekend. Meet the Whirlpool, does the dishes so our nails stay pretty. Too bad we don't have enough dishes to really fill it.
Department of Homeland Security: We're sure you just skipped to this part, so here are the pictures of the puppies that you've been waiting for. Midas is browner, Mella is whiter. The pictures are all of them asleep, because they don't sit still long enough for the IPAD camera to focus. First vet visit was on Sunday, they are very healthy and both weigh about 16 pounds at ~11 weeks old.