Seeing the positive
Last night I just read it and thought...hmmm, that's true. But today, it's hitting me a bit more as a good guideline for my time here. In general, I am going to do my best to focus on the positive.
|To focus on the bug or the view? I choose the view!
Two nights ago I got crazy and decided to make a salad. Here are the steps to making a salad here...or more precisely just getting the lettuce or spinach ready for your salad. Wow. Don't know how often I'll do this!
But.....good news! As I mentioned, I went to some new friends' house last night and they told me they never bleach their lettuce. They laughed at the thought. The reason you are supposed to do it is because the farmers use manure to fertilize their crop. They do not wash them before picking and selling. I definitely don't want to end up with food poisoning but, maybe I don't have to go as crazy washing. The friends helped ease my nerves about a lot of things. They said they were freaked out too after the embassy's security briefing...but in time, you get used to things and just stay aware. They never even set their alarm. Not sure I' ll get there, but they definitely put my mind at ease. Also, I am running with two of them today after Warren gets home from work, so I know a good run will get my mind in the right place. (Even if it is the most crazy hot, humid, running weather, I am going to do my best and focus on the positive and be thankful for the run!)
Also, tried to do some wash in our washing machine...which looks nothing like the washing machines that I am used to. Not sure how, but all of our grey and blue shirts came out purple and the girls' bright blue dress and shirts came out faded. Maybe it's the detergent.... Now I am afraid to wash anything. Any readers out there have any suggestions?
|Warren is so proud of his domestic goddess housewife who does a great job on his laundry! I think the shirt becomes him. Lol.
Apparently living here and living the life we live sets up the expectation that we will have a housekeeper. It is seen as a way to give to the local economy. It feels so weird to have someone come clean the house, but it's nice too. We just hired someone yesterday for a trial period, Fannie. She is from a northern village. She is so sweet with the kids and has such a pleasant demeanor. I can tell her presence in the house will be calming and kind. She had never seen a washing machine, a dryer, an ironing board, or dealt with a refrigerator. I showed her how to use these appliances and basically gave her a run down of things to do. Anyone who knows me well knows I am a total slob, so it's a little ironic that I am giving this very proper, clean, grandmother direction on cleaning the house. She really wanted to hand wash our clothes, and I almost agreed given the washer situation...but that just seems like a crazy amount of work given the washing machine sitting right here! We are still stuck at home all day, so we got to spend a lot of time together. I asked her a lot of questions about her village life, kids, and grand-kids. She told me she is a descendant of the chief, which I could tell was very important to her. I hope to learn more from her throughout our stay.
|Some pool time yesterday.
Happy Friday everyone!