Hello.. can I just say a big praise real quick.. we have water to flush the toilets with.. wahoo!! the water truck somehow made it up the road today. I never realized how much I took advantage of water. Let me tell you.. I will never complain about a cold shower again.. (maybe I should not say never) we still don’t have enough water to take a shower yet, but my team leader shyam figured out a way to rig a pipe from the gutter to fill with rain and hopefully the tank up some also.. it’s now raining all the time because monsoon has started ( I wish you could see us slipping and sliding down our road.. it’s hysterical to watch.. especially for the nepalees to watch the white girls do it!)
So I have to tell you guys the funniest thing. Things are always pretty politically charged here. So it’s no suprise to hear or a bundah or strike where you can’t leave your house. But thursday I was suprised. I went to walk to meet the girl I meet for discipleship Sita. I got to the top of the road and the road was blocked by a tire burning brick throwing kind of protest. So I decided not to try to cross the block because well.. i’m not crazy. I got back to my house and later on when my language teacher came found out why the bundah. Apparently one of the M*oist leaders had ordered another small government official to be placed in a toilet (squatty potty) by a policeman. .. can you imagine this.. so the people were really angry at him for being a toilet stuffer.. so they blockaded and called a strike until he agreed to resign. My language teacher asked me if this kind of thing happened in america. I was laughing so hard i was crying and I said no.. but hey.. i guess we’ve never had one of our government officials stuff someone else in a toilet.. so who knows what would happen!
ok.. so casey gann (my best friend from college that also came to visit me in nepal) tagged me in a blog survey– and she said she chose me to get the international perspective. So I am going to play her game.. so this may be a long post.. sorry guys.
Questions and GREAT answers
1) What was I doing ten years ago? I was a nerd in high school.. at least until my senior year.. so I was probablly doing something nerdy like being library staff and yelling at anyone that came in before they were supposed to (oh wait that was middle school.. those were painful years that I would like to block out.. who really likes middles school) I was probablly enjoying hanging out with the OBC youth group and having a crush on a guy or something like that
2) What are five things on my to do list today: well It’s now 9:35 at night and since days in nepal are great fun but exhausting I will probablly be going to bed super soon. So how bout’ I tell you what’s on my to-do list tommorow. 1) go to nepalee church .. i love the fellowship at my church so much and those ladies that God has given me there to love on .. but wow.. the sermons in nepalee can be a bit long winded 2) figure out somewhere to hang my clothes that we washed with rain water because monsoon has started and they have been through five “rinse cycles” of rain 3) develop the course curriculum for my Bible college class that I will be teaching this semester starting monday 4) possibly hop on my scooter to meet a friend for dinner 5) i don’t even know because in nepal you never know what might come up
3) Snacks I enjoy: anything sent in a package from america (yesterday I had some microwavable cookies from america thanks kim.. amazing!), I love my homemade soft pretzals, the salsa I learned to make here.. … and well anything sweet or salty that is bad for you .. (except nepalee sweets.. they aren’t very good at sweets around here)
4) Places I have lived : currently kathmandu nepal, athens TN, the ghetto in chattanooga, harrison and ooltewah, oh yeah and 3 months in japan
5) things I would do if I were a billionaire: Fly home to america once a month to see my family and feed all the beggers in nepal
6) People I want to know more about: Beth Moore, Jesus (good church answer huh?) Lynn Sylverdale a precious older single m that served for years in our company in bangladesh, Angela Thomas (I want to sit down and have coffee with that lady)
7) Two things I have in commen with oprah : I do “relief” work in a foreign country.. and well I like to have an audience (i know it sounds bad.. but hey God made me dramatic.. can’t help it.. used to be shy.. don’t know what happened)
8) You can tell alot about a person by: how they spend their time, their eyes and their body language
9) Are you a yeller when you get angry: nope.. but i do yell in my head at times at the taxi drivers.. and the villages of people that cross the road when i’m on scooter and they don’ t even look to see me coming, and the guys that sit down across the road, and the chickens.. and the pigs.. ect
10) Have you ever danced in public: as a baptist m*ss*oary maybe I should say no.. but yes.. i dance here in nepal all the time God says in psalms that he turnes our mourning into dancing, so I figure i should dance. My nepalee friends laugh at me all the time.. there was that one time at the nepalee wedding when they announced me as their special american dancer and all i remembered to do was the electric slide
11) What did you do to deserve your first detention: I always had to stand on the wall during recess in elementary school because I was talking in class.. imagine that. I was a bad girl
12) What did you do to deserve your first paddling..: Maybe you should ask how did I slyly get out of my first paddling
13) Name 3 things you like about the town you live in : 1) I get to bargain for a price for my vegtables 2) any random stranger i meet on the street invites me in for tea 3) when i walk down the street all the kids greet me with jaymasee jenn auntie.. i love it
14) Name four things you love to do now: 1) talk to my family on skype 2) cook for people.. especialy because you have to be so creative here 3) drive around on my scooter when I have gas and our road doesn’t have big huge caverns in it with monsoon mudpits 4) play with my pet goat baghmati and asha our dog 5) hang out with my nepalee friends.. woops.. five .. sorry
15) Name something unusal you carry with you wherever you go: toilet paper.. most places don’t have it around here.. and well you never know when you might need it
16) What’s your favorite website: www.gingebreadfam.blogspot.com (my sista’s blog) , casey and tjs blog and facebook
17) When and where was your first kiss: 26 and still no first kiss.. but there was that llama one time I was dared to kiss at the zoo in 6th grade
18) What would an enemy have to say about you: I hope that Satan says that I am a threat!
19) Favorite child hood memory: My parents made sure to give me soo many favorite memories that I could not even begin. But every camping trip had a memory (usually magnified in my story telling), and I loved family game night.. but my favorite time with my family was the incredible times we had around the dinner table.. my mom was a magician and the time around our table was laid back and full of laughter and fun.. i will never forget that.. and i often try to recreate that with hospitality.. my mom had quite the gift in that.. i especially loved it when our dinners would turn into laughing fests/tea spitting throwing fits
20) Any regrets: yup.. anytime I have allowed myself to be held captive to the lies of satan instead of walking in victory of who I am in Christ.. I am walking now as a princess of the king of kings..
Now I am supposed to tag people.. i only know two other people that have blogs that haven’t written this survey already.. so lindsey your tagged.. and tj your tagged.
sorry this was so long
i love you casey gann