Saturday, August 28, 2010

From Out Here In The Desert

I should really have more words to say.
I should be able to describe our time here...
Our transition...
Our new experiences...

Instead, I am doing my best not to cocoon (where, in a new culture you lock yourself in your house,) despite our lack of car (it broke down on Thursday,) and our 115 degree temperatures.

AKA Heck no, am I walking about town.

Ian's over the border, where the car broke down, trying to get it in to see a mechanic.

Me, I spent the entire day in bed, in my pajamas, reading a book and a half, and napping away.

Oh, and munching on Doritos. Because they are awesome here. Not really sure why.

My camera has sat idle on my desk all week, much to my dismay. Probably because we were stuck inside two days this week when the painter came, then stuck inside the last two days with no car.

I'm really not complaining though. Not being able to go anywhere means I can concentrate on napping and getting over jetlag and working on getting unpacked. I believe we're almost done.

We got our office furniture and bedside lamps from Ikea on Thursday and put them all together on Friday. Ian and I are master Ikea furniture makers. It's really amazing.

We'll probably wait until the next paycheck until we by our family room furniture, but I'm okay with that. One thing at a time.

I'm heading out within the next hour for my first "visit," to a home. I'm not really sure what that means, but I have a friend here who is taking me along and I'm sure she'll fill me in on what to expect.

Ian bought me a 6 pack of Toblerone bars when he was over the border in a Western grocery store the other day.

Have I mentioned how amazing he is?

Well, he is. He always takes care of me and is so sweet about it.

I'm doing alot of converting lately. Money, time, distance. It makes my head spin. I think I've gotten the time difference between here and the east coast down pretty well, but money? Yeah, not so much. We deal in three different currencies here, which makes me get big wide eyes and my jaw go slack.

Have I ever mentioned that I am no good in math? No? Well I'm not.

I blame it on my private school who did NO math from grades 3-5. Awesome. When I started public school in 6th grade, I didn't even know how to do long division, not to mention my dismay at the concept of "square root." I've struggled ever since then.

Hence my love for books.

Can I hear an Amen?

Thanks for reading this complete array of randomness. Your comments and love have helped me during this time of transition. I promise it will become more comprehensive in the weeks/months to come!


Jessica said...

I'm glad you guys are taking things a little slow and easy...I bet it will make all of the transitions easier.

Too bad about your car! Praying that it gets fixed soon!

And my head would be spinning with all of those conversions, too! When I traveled to Belize and Guatemala for just a week I could not figure it out! I'm no good at math either :-/ So I fell for you! Yes, yay for good books :-)

Alison said...

Girl, I agree...there is nothing like a good book! :) Praying for ya'll as you transition! Love reading your updates!

Courtney said...

3 currencies? I'd say you're doing an excellent job transitioning! Looking forward to hearing about your visit. Glad to know you have a friend over there!

Angela said...

sleep and read all you want- you NEED the rest! I miss you so much but so happy for the Skype times!!! I love you Britty-Britt!!!!

Kelli said...

You're doing great, Brit. When you are ready, I would love to see a photo of what's outside your door! Love you both!

Emily said...

Hang in there, Britt! You are doing great! I had to giggle at the "wide eyes and jaw go slack" line over converting currency. I've had tons of math and I'm positive I'd be broke within three days of arrival, if I were in your shoes! You and Ian are amazing and we love reading about your adventures! Love from the Vargas Clan!

Kelley said...

115 degree heat! eek! stay cool sister and wnjoy this new place! at least once you are no longer jet lagged!

Truly His said...

I am sooo glad you have a chance to sit and breathe!! Enjoy your time there!:)

Brian and Ashley said...

It sounds like you have had a great opportunity to rest and decorate! I hope your visit went well! :)

I was never good at math either- maybe that's why I like books too!

Brittany said...

I'm not even in a foreign country and all i want to do is lay in bed all day and read. In fact I took a shower and changed into a different pair of sweats! I was on vaca for four days at the cabin, and I seriously stunk from lack of shower (minus the lake).. I ordereda pizza for the kids, and we all had a pj day.

I'm lameee! ;)

glad you got some furniture, unpacking, and reading done!

Let us know how your first visit goes!