Thursday, August 20, 2009
This month has been a total rollercoaster and I love rollercoasters, but I'm ready to get OFF. :P
I've felt like a little lost wandering soul this month.
So -- I didn't take the truck. I feel like I mostly learned how to drive stick and after some practice I'd be able to do it... but I felt like this particular truck and my current inexperience would make it very dangerous and stressful for me to be driving HERE where I live. It's a college town -- lots of reckless drivers. If I was just gonna be driving it in the boonies or something it'd be a whole different story. Leaving my street there's a light on a hill. I stalled 6 or 7 times in a row trying to leave my parent's neighborhood... oh yeah I got stuck halfway into a lane ON THE HIGHWAY. Luckily, they actually live out in the boonies and the times I stalled didn't really mean anything, but that wasn't even on a hill and I could just imagine the nonsense that would happen when I got back home. (I wasn't even stressing the drive home at all... highway with a few stops? sure why not.) *sigh* It made me feel like SUCH A WUSS to choose this option though -- but honestly thinking about driving that truck here freaked me OUT! I cried!!!!!!! I don't get stressed out like that! And mostly I was feeling upset because I knew I felt like it was the right decision NOT to take the truck... but it made me feel like a wuss and a disappointment to decide that.
In the end it was the stress of driving that vs. two-three hours of extra time at work... which really amounts to a few hours each day that I could use to do something productive that I enjoy without having the distractions I have at home (kitchen, TV, video games, etc.). I've decided that I can do those things I always mean to do but never get around to like PRACTICE MY TROMBONE, study Japanese, STUDY MY SCRIPTURES, oh and now learn Mongolian. ;) So I can talk to my sister a bit. :) hehehe. She gave me her beginning Mongolian learning materials (too baby for her even as review material I guess now that she's all fluent and whatnot).
So anyway -- I ate and ate with that stress. I ate healthy meals for 2/3 like I planned! And I ran! And did ST!! But um... the other "meals" were more like bingefests and it was just not good. But I DID manage to have a lot of fun when I wasn't stressing -- and spend a lot of time with my sister.
Even more since she got to drive me back home! ;) haha.
Now I am SO READY to get back to a ROUTINE and normal home life. I MISS my husband. I feel like we haven't spent any REAL time together in AGES. Oh well -- one more work day this week and we have all weekend to play! (Except for ya know... running and rowing and church time, but still... lots of time.)
I attempted to talk about regattas today but the expenses combined with me being gone again was just not a good topic for this morning. I hope that in time it might seem more doable... but yeah. I've brought up the suggestion of fundraising to help with regatta expenses to my rowing coach and she seems excited about the idea so I hope we can come up with something good. Any ideas? We already had that Yard/Bake Sale... so I'm sure everyone's out of crap to sell. The ideas that are appealing to me so far are: Row-A-Thon (?), Raffle, Chili/Crock Pot Cookoff... I dunno what else. :P I like the idea of a Talent/Service Auction but I wonder about the advertising for people even coming to such an event. OH AND THE OBVIOUS CAR WASH! Oh also Scavenger Hunt/Treasure Hunt... etc. blahblahblah. Please feel free to share your wisdom and experience vast internet of SparkPeople!
Anyway -- lots of fun with my sister... and lots of pictures. I've selected oh about 17 or so to share... hope I don't drive you nutso!
I took this picture when I first saw my sister! Can you tell how excited I am?!?!? hahaha
Here we are in the car! YAY -- that's my mom, my sister, and me. :)
This plaque was hanging in the church while she was gone -- shows her departure/return dates, mission, and scripture she selected. :)
Here we are on our way to a Church Activity -- a dinner dance. When you go on a mission for my church you have lots of rules about what you can and can't do and dancing with the opposite sex is definitely a no-no. And listening to secular music... stuff like that. This made Jennifer feel WAYYYYYY out of her comfort zone. I danced enough for both of us. :) HAHA
It was pouring rain and I had run in the rain that morning so I did a re-enactment in the car.
Here we are on our way to church:
And we usually do a family picture after church when we get together since we're all dressed nicely! :)
On the way home!
My sister had some Mongolian clothes we could try on! :D What my mom is wearing is apparently a very traditional style, although the fabric is more elaborate like for a more special occasion, it's the kind of thing a traditional person would wear day to day. Ours are less traditional and more fancy I think. I loved the color and fabric of the one I was wearing! The skirt seams were kinda weird cause they didn't go straight down, but they didn't go in a predictable way either... also Mongolian women have no hips hahah ;)
MONGOLIAN FOOD! I helped make this!!!!!!!!!
This has in it: A beef roast cut up (I don't remember what kind), one small onion, 5 medium golden potatoes cut into small pieces, half of 3 bell peppers cut into small pieces, a few cabbage leaves rolled up and cut into slivers, and FLOUR mixed with WATER until it makes a doughlike consistency, rolled into thin sheets and then sliced into little spiraly things. You cook all the veggies and meat, and then add water and place the flour on top and then the cover and let the flour kinda steam (this is called FLOUR and not NOODLES by them). Apparently the flour didn't come out QUITE right, but I thought it was delicious.
We went through a storage room in the house to help clean it out and because much of what was in there was my sister's -- and I got to try on her prom dresses and a WIG. :) OH she made these dresses for herself, BTW!
Also we visited a friend who has a little farm and they had this adorable calf!!!!! His name is Salt and he was crazy excited to see us. MOO MOO MOO MOO MOO. And he licked my hands a lot. Cow's have crazy long tongues that are kinda sandpapery like a cat, FYI.
About trying on my sister's prom dresses -- I tried on a lot MORE stuff, too.
She got skinnier while she was in Mongolia and a lot of her clothes are too big! So I got some of her clothes before she left, when I was a bit bigger than I am now, and now that she's back she got even smaller so now I get more. :) HAHAHAHAHA On the one hand I was like dangit -- why you gotta go showing me up? ;) (just kidding) but seriously I'm glad. I got a bunch of long sleeved and sweater type stuff that I didn't really get last year and today I'm wearing THE MOST CUTEST SKIRT that I got from her, too. :) YAY!
Also I would have NEVER been able to try on her prom dresses ever before -- that was really cool. She did give those away. Our small hometown has a little recycling center at the dump that is a covered area with lots of large tables with signs for different types of items. (Clothing, shoes, electronics, fragile, miscellaneous...) so we took a BUNCH of stuff from that storage room over there, including those. :) hehe.
LAST THING. This week is Week 1 of 16 MARATHON TRAINING! I've completed 3/4 runs and have just the long run to complete this weekend. :) ROCK ON. It will only get more exciting from here on out. :)