Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Over breakfast after the days text and DBR - its cramming for conversations starteds in spanish before we head out the door for the group between 8 and quarter past. The longest walk to the group is on Tuesday - it´s about 25-30 minutes. The group starts at 8.30 and we walk everyday to it except Saturday cause that is up the hill and we take the bus (believe me - it´s a necessity).
When you arrive at the group - you do the rounds - kissing and shaking hands with everyone - the same thing happens when you leave - you do the rounds again. We have found that you only need to say Buenos Dias and Como Estas (which is how are you)- they don´t want to know anymore cause they have already moved on to kissing the next person.
After getting paired with whatever poor sucker assigned to us for the day - we trudge off to the territory (if its a good day we may get a ride either by car, taxi or truck, with as many people crammed in as possible)Then for the next 3 hours or so - it´s full on consentration, either trying talk to our partners or trying to talk to householders.
By 12ish we are on the way home, either by bus or by tired foot. When we get home one of us will make lunch depending on who´s tirest (usually that´s me - what a good husband I have). Takes awhile to get moving after lunch - sometimes the bed or couch just calls out to us so loudly and we have to obey it´s voice - as you can see by the picture above. The rest of the afternoon is taken up with cramming for whatever meeting it is next. The BS or WT is the easiest of course because we have the english version to compare but the MS or SM take quite awhile to prepare for.
Dinner is usually around 6ish and consists of pretty much the same food as what we would eat in NZ. If I try to roast vegetables though - I always seem to burn them as I am still not used to cooking with gas. I always get a little nerveous approaching the oven to light it too(as you will remember from previous blogs) - hopefully I will get over that soon.
So then at 7.oopm we take ourselves off to the ¨Reunion¨as the 2 weekly meetins start at 7.30 or at 6.oopm for the Saturday PT and WT at 6.30.
Pretty much that is the norm - Monday is a little differnet as we don´t go out winessing but do all the house stuff which includes the shopping- that is a bit of a chore without a car, I must say. We head to the supermarket by bus and load up on supplies then we jump in a taxi for home. Have to ask the taxi drivers first before accepting their service cause the price ranges from $2 to one guy who tried to sting us $4. We beat him down to $3 though - we may look like a soft touch but we are hardening up). Just on a side note - I thought I got stared at because I was a gringo but the CO tells me that it´s more likely that they think I am a rich Cuecan. Apparently I fit in more here than Mark - looks wise. So when on the Bus - they are wondering what on earth a rich Cuencan is doing taking a bus.
If I am in the mood - I will change the furniture around. New country - same old habits. Have to say the interlocking lounge suite is a good idea for someone like me. I have even changed the curtains around - it´s a problem I have - I Know. I wonder if there is a self help group for my issues - maybe it could be called Changaholics or something.
10pm-11pm Our day ends. By the time we fall into bed again our feet are nearly falling off and our heads are spinning but we are mostly satisfied with our day. Life is treating us pretty well at the moment.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Then this morning everything went to pieces with me placing mags with a lady in a shop and then saying I would return sometime. She was happy with that and I came away feeling pretty good. Then my partner told me I had said to her that she talks too much! Maybe she won´t want to see me again afterall!
I went to see the man from yesterday and totally blew it but he took the bible happily. I got on the bus for home feeling a little low. There were heaps of people on the bus so I had to stand for awhile. I looked around and a grubby old man was patting the seat beside him - beckoning me to come and sit. Thankfully another seat opened up right then so I took that one. By now everyone was staring at me including the lady in the next seat so I thought I might as well give them more to talk about me and pulled out a mag for her. We got into quite a conversation so once again I was happy. When I got off the bus, low and behold so did the grubby old man and he was still eying me up so I gave him a mag too (that´ll teach him). So on the way home,feeling ok with myself - one of my neighbours came along - she asked me if I had been to church so I told her no and pulled out another mag. She wanted to talk some more but of course - I folded! What am I to do - it is so frustrating!
Monday, May 19, 2008
It´s been a busy old time the last few days - no time for blogging - sorry about that but it´s back to ¨normal¨now!
On Friday after service we made our way to the assembly hall to help with the cleaning of the chairs. They all had to be wiped down as they get very dusty. We got stuck at the hall cause it rained of course and came down in buckets - so we didn´t get home till around 6ish. I shoulda known that was not going to be good for me - too long without food I think cause the next day I woke with a migraine and it was a ¨doosey¨! There was no way I was going to be able to make it to the asamblea! So while I drugged myself to sleep - Mark was my eyes and ears at the hall. The baptism sounded interesting with everyone staying in their seats while one person from each congregation went up close to take the pictures. 2 brothers preformed the baptism duty with Doug being one of them. 24 in total were baptised including Doug and Lisa´s kids. Not often you get the job of baptising your own offspring - how cool for Doug!
Anyhow Sunday roled around and I was feeling spacey but better so 2 bus rides later we were back at the hall for day 2. The hall reminds me of ¨Misery¨Creek as it is just a big barn really. When it rains (which as you know - it does every day) it is very hard to hear anything. I´m told they have had to stop the program sometimes until it abates. One thing that is different is the car park is not full of cars - cause of course not too many brothers own vehicles so people arrive by bus or taxi mostly. It´s a strange feeling jumping on the bus dressed in your Sunday Best - good job we are used to being stared at!
I was gagging for a coffee by the time we got to the hall and wow they supply coffee! It smelt so good and then I took a swig - it was full of sugar and if you know anything about me - you would know that I take my coffee black,strong and sugarless. I was so disappointed! Mark got to drink my much needed coffee!
At lunch time Mark and Becky Mc. who have been here for 10 years came and sat by us and brought a little girl with them to feed her. Nancy is the neice of one of their studies who has 6 kids(not married) herself and has taken little Nancy in as well. Soon enough one of the other 6 kids found us and he was happy to devour any left overs we could give him. (Mum only brought bread apparently which was probably all she could afford).Anyway we have a friend for life now, Henry came and gave me a big hug at the end of the day - cute.
Cleaning afterwards was interesting - seemed very disorganised with brooms flying everywhere (no witcheypoo jokes pls). They lifted the seats forward-swept the dirt backwards, lifted the next row, swept the same dirt further back etc etc until finally at the back of the hall the dirt was swept up and trashed. It did get the job done in 45 minutes so I guess the system worked.
We were nearly last out as ¨G¨gave us a lift home and he is in the audit dept so nothing changes for us whatever country we are in!
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Saturday, May 3, 2008
This morning we were out in the hills somewhere and it poured! Remember there are not that many paved roads here so it was mud mud mud. I will post some pictures tomorrow to prove it that there are no fine weather christians here! We did eventually give up when we were all drenched. Everyone was still happy though so no worries.
Had our first native dinner guests last night - I got scared and decided to ask Chad and Michelle to join us at the last minute so that we could still talk. It would have been fine but it was lovely having them with us anyway.