Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Part I of II

Blogapalooza November 15, 2007

This is another one of those crazy blogs that has been written over a period of like 2 weeks.
Nov. 15
So…not that much has happened since Friday really but let’s see if I can remember. There were a few things that I was like ‘man I need to write about that in my blog’ but of course I can’t remember them right now. On Saturday Missy, Virle and Barbara left for the Phillipines. On Saturday afternoon I ate lunch with the girls at the compound and I jammed with Peterson all afternoon, and then that night a bunch of students came over and we played Life, it was a good time. On Sunday we were going to go diving but the ocean was super rough so we didn’t go, it was sad. But I did go longboarding! I rode from the preschool down to Garapan. It was really funny because nobody here at all skateboards here (let alone people my age), so everyone was looking at me. Here, people give you a second glance anyway if you’re white, and I guess it’s not every day they see a white chick skateboarding down the road. Well anyway it was a pretty long way and it was of course really hot, so when I got to Garapan I was like all sweaty and I went into a deli to get something cold to drink and the lady was like “Is it raining?” and I was like “No, I’m just really sweaty” it was funny. After I finished my drink (and dried off a bit) I went into a store and I ran into Eva and Veronyka, so I was able to catch a ride with them instead of riding all the way back.

Nov 19
Today I almost burned down the school. Well not really but it sounds exciting doesn’t it. My class went on a field trip to the elementary school to make cook. They each made their own little pizza. They loved mixing the dough and rolling out the crusts, I think they love anything where they can make a mess! The oven at the elementary school must have been dirty before we even came, because it started smoking when I was preheating it. Anyway, so when I was checking on the pizzas the last time, I opened the oven door and it was like WHOOSH and the bottom of the oven was in flames. Luckily all my kids were outside on the playground but I was kind of freaked out, especially because the fire extinguisher was gone from its place in the kitchen. But the fire went out on its own before I could finally find it. Anyway, it was kind of exciting. And yes, the pizzas were a bit crispy but the kids ate them anyway.

Let’s see, what else has happened that I want to write about…Amy and I have had some adventures this week. The first one was that our car ran out of gas and we had to push it to the gas station. Luckily the gas station happened to be next door to the place where we ran out of gas. On Wed. we went to PIC and we talked to this really hot Korean lifeguard. On Saturday we did special music for church.

One sad thing that happened is that on Thursday Peterson left for the States. He might be coming back in a few months, but still, that’s far away.But wait, there’s more….I just don’t have time to write it right now because I need to go put my laundry in the dryer, I’ll post the rest later…

Thursday, November 8, 2007

So it's been a while...

...since my last update. The meetings in Kagman went really well. For the first few nights, we were outside under a little tent, but then this store across the street cleared out a huge space for us in their store, so we had the rest of the meetings there. It was super awesome of them! At first, not a lot of kids showed up, but as the weeks went on, more and more started coming. They were so much fun! I loved leading out the song service, they were so enthusiastic. I enjoyed hanging out with kids older than 4. Don't get me wrong, I love my students, but it's just different, you can't really have an intelligent conversation with them (or even really a conversation, they won't stay in one place long enough :) ). Anyway, we kind of made friends with the store owners and of course with the kids. It was really exhausting though. I would get home at like 5:20 and we would leave for Kagman at just before 6. The meetings supposedly got over at 8 but it never really happened so we got home at like 9:30 every night. Even so, I was kind of sad when they ended because the kids were so cute and fun. The second to last night, they were all giving us hugs and stuff and they were running after our car as we were leaving! It was really a blessing to be able to create a relationship with those kids. Actually the Kagman meetings were extended for a week but we decided not to continue the kids program because we were absolutely exhausted. I feel kind of bad but I guess that we are going to have a Sabbath school type thing/party/game time once a month to follow up, so hopefully I get to see them all again.

The Sunday before Halloween I was super excited because Missy and I were going to be in an underwater pumpkin-carving contest, but then I got sick so I couldn't go, I was so bummed.
Other random fun things: running, snorkeling, cooking, shopping, playing with my kids, laughing, it's all good

Saipanism of the Day:
No, those red spots you see all over the street are not rust stains...it's the result of half the island chewing betelnut and spitting it out their car window. Yeah, kinda gross.