Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Recent Events

Yesterday I was talking to Brian about my inability to come up with a new blog topic. I know I have posted a lot lately, and you may be thinking that I don't have a problem coming up with topics. I love posting! I enjoy writing stuff down that I know other people are reading. It is strangely satisfying. So...I was trying to figure out what to write about yesterday, and I could not come up with anything! Today, again, I was trying to come up with something...anything remotely interesting. Nothing! So here are a few things that have happened since we have been back but weren't considered blog worthy at the time.

1. We arrived back in Turkey on a Thursday. The first Saturday back I decided to make pancakes for breakfast. I started making the pancakes, and about halfway through mixing them I realized I was in Turkey and had to make syrup too!

2. That Thursday we stepped off the airplane onto a ramp pulled up to the plane. The ramp took us right into the airport. No stairs down the plane to the waiting shuttle to take us to a tiny building called an airport. The new airport was finished, and it was amazing! We had been watching it being built for quite sometime and weren't disappointed at all! (For a description of the old airport please see my posts from March 7 and May 29, 2006.)

3. Brian and I went to the airport to pick up some friends last week. We were stopped at the entrance gate, and our car was looked into. The guard removed a thin, hollow, plastic baseball bat. I guess it looked dangerous. The metal broom handle next to the bat must not have looked so bad, because he didn't take it. Plastic....metal....if I had to choose which one I wanted to be hit with I would choose the bat! He said we could get it on our way back out of the gate. This is amusing considering the knife at the airport story from March last year.

4. Brian took forever to pay bills one day this week. There are no checks and envelopes to pay bills here. Brian went to the post office and managed to pay one of the two bills he had. The other bill needed to be paid at a bank. He found a bank listed on the bill and went inside to pay. After taking a number and waiting 30 minutes he was told that that particular branch didn't take bills. Okay...no sign anywhere saying that but not surprising. He went to another bank and was told that they didn't accept bills after 12pm. He finally went to his office to wait until a different bank opened up after lunch. While there a teammate offered to pay his bill online using his bank account. He did. The next day Brian opened up a bank account with the only bank in town that allows you to pay bills online. He plans on putting money in it every month to cover the bills, and that's all it will be used for.

5. I had a package of low-carb banana nut muffin mix from before we left for the states still in the cabinet. One night I decided to make them for the kids for breakfast the next morning and for the neighbors who had given us the asure. That night I sent the kids with some hot muffins to our neighbor's apartment. The next morning the kids tasted the muffins and said they were horrible! Brian tasted one and agreed. Now the neighbors either think that I am a horrible cook or American food is terrible.

That's it. That's all the interesting...or not so interesting...stories I have. Maybe tomorrow I will have a revelation...an epiphany...or something I can share with you.


Anonymous said...

I think I would like to hear about the banana muffins. Funny that you should pay your neighbors back for the oatmeal with eyes with muffins that not so tasty!

Gina said...

Maybe they thought they were SUPPOSED to taste like that if they’ve never had them before. I do have a question for you though…do you ever have tornadoes in Turkey? (I just wondered since I got to go through that scare last night at my house…)

Natalie said...

Okay...the story on the muffins is they were a low-carb mix. The mix was given to me by a friend who knew I was doing the low-carb thing before we went to the states. I tried some of the low-carb mixes she gave me and they weren't great, but they were good enough. Some of you may know that I personally can't stand bananas so I didn't even taste these muffins. I figured hot from the oven muffins would be nice so that's what the neighbors got. And Turks tend to not like rich chocolaty things...or moist cakey things. They are more the dry, not so sweet type. So maybe these muffins were perfect for them! The kids got warmed over muffins so maybe they weren't as good the next day. Here's hoping!

And no...no tornadoes in Turkey.