Sunday, June 29, 2008
As I sat singing along, Trina asked the very important question: "Where did you hear this song?"
"Off a movie." I replied.
She then asked, " What movie?"
" Chicken Run" I replied.
"You did not just say 'Chicken Run'?" came from the other side of the table.
"YEP!" I replied very proudly.
"How many times have you watched that movie anyway?" a question shot out by Jordan.
"Too Many!" I shot back. And so ended my little time of impressing everyone, as small a time as it was it was still fun! :) Maybe next time I know a song that is being played by a live band in a bar, I should just not tell them where I learned the song! :)
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday the Archers were able to go and pick up their long term visas that they have been working toward and waiting for the three months that they have been here this year. Now they can legally come and go in the country until 2013. after completing that we were also able to do a little bit of sight seeing (probably all that we will do while Dad is here). We left the apartment around 9:30 and headed to the city of Deva, the capital of the Hunedoara region, to go to the police station to get the visas. The first stop that we made was the biggest grocery store that is in the whole area which really was amazing since there were several times that I could've thought that we were in a Walmart (except for when we used the bathrooms and none of the stalls had toilette paper). Then after a quick stop at the station we were off to the pizza shop (you will have to ask Dad what he thought of Romanian pizza when you see him). After which we spent some time walking or driving around the city looking for various things that were needed (some of them found and others seemingly not available in the whole country;) I was one of the ones that walked and after gettting ourselves nice and hot we decided to cool down by going to a big stone structure that partly stays cool even on the hottest days, the castle. Now those of you who were on my mailing list last year will remember the castle since Susan, Curtiss and I went there three days in a row either trying to or attending various activities, well yesterday they again were having special days there (I think that we have a knack for going at such a time) and this time something actually happened, probably because we weren't trying to attend it:). The reenactors were back and they did some some period dancing (that I couldn't livened up a bit:) and some sword or axe fighting. I guess that their acting was mostly made up of the guys insulting each other until they would settle their differences in a duel with a couple of dances done in between. I thought it was most entertaining. And then when the knight and ladies were done they had a couple of mimes that put on a show that we saw only a part of so I didn't get everything that they were doing. By the time that they were done most of the castle was closing up and since we had had a long day we decided that it was time to head back. We finished the night off with supper and then some ice cream;).
Today we had a "breakfast" engagment at the Simions (one of the couples that I met last year) and we had a wonderful time with them. I made it out without stuffing myself to such a degree of discomfort, which I am really thankful for. Here is a tip for any one that comes here, chew VERY slowly so that whenever they look at you your mouth is busy chewing and you still have food on your plate other wise they will tell you to take more or they might just put more food on your plate, it also helps if you are a girl;) Mr. John told me that I should eat alot so that when I go home I will be "unrecognizable" and all of you will see how well I lived while I was gone.
We then went to do some shopping for a picnic, that Dad and I don't know anything about, that is happening on Saturday night. Then after coming back Curtiss, Dad and I went and visited with Rahela and her family and I showed them the pictures that I brought with me since they wanted to know what you all looked like and now Dad is out with Curtiss and Mr. Archer fixing the latch on Sora Ergi's gate, Mrs. Archer is preparing some food for tomorrow's picnic and I am reminding you all of my existance:) I think that that brings you all up to speed on the Romanian world, now it is time for me to say Noaptea Buna or Goodnight
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
For example Mr Archer had me walk up to each of them and shake their hand while saying "Hello my name is Joanna. What is yours?" and then they were to respond with
"My name is ____." and fill in the blank. Considering the fact that they are very shy around strangers (they wouldn't even look at let alone talk to the Archers for the first month they were here) they did very well and answered me. The second group are about 10-13 year olds and they understand more English so Dad and I were able to understand most of what was going on.
This time Mr Archer had them come up to Dad and I and tell us their names and ask for ours. He asked one of the boys to do it first and he said "no, ladies first" which we all thought was very funny. Some times that slogan does work in the guys favor, but some how I don't think he would've said that if we had asked him to take the first piece of cake;)
but they all did introduce themselves eventually and a couple of them even looked at us while they were doing it.
The last group which is made up of the highschoolers had the poorest turn out, there were only two girls there, was the most enjoyable. They came because they wanted to learn and they speak excellent English so the whole class was understandable. Both girls want to practice their English so I will probably be spending some time with them and we will all learn from each other as they are willing to help me with Romanian.
Let me tell you a little bit about them, Rahela (Rachel in English) as the eldest of seven children, is the second mother to her siblings. Lorena the other girl is almost 16 (we share a birthday) and is one of the easiest people to talk to that I have met over here as she isn't shy and will ask questions and answer them when they are asked of her. So I am really looking forward to getting to know both of the girls better as they are both very sweet and they are the only ones that I have met that are even interested in spending time with me. I would really ask for your prayers as I interact with both these girls and any one else that I meet while I am here that I can be a friend and an example to them.
I hope that this is understandable as I don't feel like rereading it to make sure that I wrote with correct english when I was writing about english class:) Elise feel free to edit if you need to;)
Sunday, June 22, 2008
- I thought that you might all enjoy a few tastes of Romania while I am here and I thought that the best place to start would be where I am staying. The Archers have bought an apartment in the only apartment building in town it is considered a three room apartment which means that it has three rooms plus a kitchen, bathroom and hallway. After being in their rented apartment last year in the city I can see how nice this one is. It has one more room then the one last year (which is good because that is where I am staying) and the kitchen is absolutely huge compared to the other. When you open the door and walk in you are standing in the hallway that connects the whole thing now this hallway is quite large being big enough to have the table and a cupboard sitting on the one side with enough room to get by them and into the rest of the apartment. As you walk down the hall on your right you will come upon the kitchen which is big enough to have more then two people working in it at the same time with out constantly pasting yourself up against the cupboards and walls to get by each other. It has cupboards and counters, a stove, refrigerator and even a microwave!!! The only thing that it doesn't have is hot water so when you do dishes you go into the bathroom (which we will come to later) and fill the dish pan and rinsing pan with hot water and then wash the dishes, rinse them in cold water in the sink and then put them into the hot rinse water before putting them into the dish drainer. Now let's continue down the hall way, next we come to the living room, which is also off the right hand side (this is also where Mr and Mrs Archer sleep on the pull out couch,Curtiss is also sleeping there on an air mattress while Dad is here since he is staying in Curtiss's room) The living room is quite a large room (using Romanian standards, pretty average American size) with an L shaped couch, a chair and a couple of decorative buffet type stands. The living room is also how you get to the balcony where you hang all of the clothes to dry (or watch wedding processions when they are taking the bride to get the groom at his home where he is hiding and all the guests have to try and find him) Now since the hallway is in an L shape and since we went into the living room on the right and the hallway heads to the left we can come straight out of the living room and continue down the hallway. Directly on the right is the bathroom where there is the washing machine and (now get really excited here) a shower with a curtain(!) that you can stand up in without having to hold onto the shower head to bath!!! Now we are getting to the end of the tour since we only have two rooms left. As we leave the bathroom and turn right out of the door so that we continue down the hallway Curtiss's room is on the right and that is where I am writing you from as that is where the computer is and then my room is at the very end of the hall and they have prepared a very nice place for me to live. I feel kind of bad that the Archers have given up an entire room just for me and they put a lot of effort into getting it ready for me. They painted the walls (it's one of the two that they have painted the only other one being the living room) a nice light yellow and they have decorated it with pink. They bought a bed and a wardrobe just so that I could use them and I have a nice little table in there that I can sit at and do what ever I need to. This post has gotten quite long and I hope that you will be able to understand it enough so that you have some idea where I am living. I have to go now as I have spent quite a bit of time in front of this screen and I need to go and be sociable. I hope you all are well and I look forward to hearing from all of you.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
well I have to go now Curtiss and I are going to go out and see if there are any kids around to talk to. Just know that since I have been here I have seen every one from the church (they were VERY welcomeing) been to a wedding(which I didn't understand a word of except when the couple said "Dah" which means yes) and had a good night sleep:) which was really good! I will try to keep you all updated on what we are doing and remember all the good stories that happen so that you can feel like you are here in a way.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Joanna is now somewhere over the Atlantic ocean! Please keep her and Dad in your prayers as they are traveling. Last thing we heard they were on board and waiting for the plane to take off, and that was at 5:30 so they should be in the air now. They should arrive at the Archers tomorrow at about one o'clock in the afternoon. Oh, and thanks to Trina, here is the long awaited picture of our new hairdo's!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tonight we have some friends coming over for a pizza farewell party. Dad and I leave at 5:30 tomorrow morning to drive to the airport and then we are suppose to fly out at about 5:30 tomorrow night. I would like to ask for your prayers for safety and smoothness for our flights as you never know what kind of delays or kinks you might run into.
And now so that I can drive you crazy I will tell you that I got my hair cut yesterday and I really like it. Elise will post a picture sometime soon but for now I'll just tell you that it is so short that my beautician had to shave the back of my neck.
There now I have you all mad at me and if you live close enough maybe you will be so desperate that you will drive over to see me before I leave:) I will post and let you know that we made it safely just as soon as I can. Please keep in touch so that I know that you haven't forgotten me! And now to use the words that Jen wrote on my take out box the other day, it's Romania or Bust for me:)
Monday, June 16, 2008
Hello everyone! I know it has been a long time since our last update, but we have been a little bit busy. Joanna has been getting ready to leave us, and the rest of us have been partying. The first big party was Olivia's graduation party, followed by the G---'s pool party, and to top it off was our annual dance recital, which is always a blast. Kelly V--- runs "Be a Light" dance studio, and has an annual dance recital in June, and this year Joanna, Isaiah (my twelve year old brother,) and of course myself, were able to dance in two dances. And no it was not ballet, (I am not very partial to ballet) I like more of the Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers type dancing, so we took tap, and had a blast! Here are some pictures of our dances.
Here we are dancing the opening dance. Now, in this picture you will not be able to see us because we are in the back row.
And here is all of us dancing. We were privileged to dance with the only two guys in the whole performance, and everyone loved them!
We don't really look like ourselves, but this a picture of your own dear authors! Just in case you were wondering I am on the left and Joanna is on the right. A lot of people thought we looked like twins.