Wednesday, June 27, 2007
I wondered if it was really possible that she didn't know who they were. I asked her if she knew what their names were and she said no. I asked her if she knew what television show they were on, and she thought for a minute and said "Elmo". This was shocking to me! How can a kid grow up not knowing who Bert and Ernie are? I would bet that almost everyone my age could tell you who they were and give several details about both of them. Like Ernie is a fun loving guy who has a rubber duckie that he loves (cue rubber duckie song here). Bert is obsessed with pigeons (again...hum the song as you continue to read) and tends to be a little OCD. They have a window in their house where the twiddle bugs live in the flower box...and of course so much more! We have lived in Turkey since Anna Grace was 2 1/2 so I thought I could excuse her from knowing who they were. We have the movie Elmo in Grouchland and both Ernie and Bert are in it so I guess that is really the only thing she has ever seen them in. I decided to ask all my kids if they knew who these characters were. Will's response when asked who they were and what tv show they were on..."I don't know" and "Elmo". Jacob..."um...is one of them named Kermit?" Erica finally made me feel better when she said "Bert and Ernie" and "Sesame Street". She did look at me like I was crazy for even asking her that question though!
The old rugs
The new rugs. The one in the living area has a sheen on it that when seen from one direction looks darker and from the other direction looks lighter. That is not a stain under the table leg. The short pile is just brushed the opposite direction from the pile around it.
Close-up of the rug in the living area of the room
A close up of the rug under the dining room table. You can see why I needed to see them next to each other!
They served us Nescafe while we shopped. It was so hot in the shop that coffee was the last thing I wanted! It tasted good, but made me hotter!
Here I am peeking around some furniture. They kept telling us to sit while we drank our coffee. There were chairs tucked in spaces here and there so we sat and peered around furniture to talk to each other!
I did end up purchasing this hanging thing for Brian. He usually throws his pants over the end of the bed and hangs his shirt on one of the drawer pulls of his dresser. I thought this would be a better option. After I got it home I realized it was a little warped, but once it had his clothes hanging on it I couldn't even tell. I can guarantee it will never be sitting there empty of clothing so I decided not to worry about it!
Friday, June 22, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
The view of the castle on the hill.
The view from the castle on the hill.
I'm working on getting Brian to update his blog with actual info about the trip!
Brian and I sat on our couch in Turkey last night and watched an episode of Dallas SWAT on our TV. I don't think I would ever watch it if I lived in America, but I enjoyed seeing the Dallas skyline and hearing the Texas accents.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
That Carmex can be purchased in 4 and 8 oz. containers directly from the manufacturer, http://www.carma-labs.com/? Can you imagine? A normal jar of Carmex is 1/4 oz. They also sell the bigger 1/2 oz. jars in many stores. The tubes come in 1/4 oz. and .35 oz. But 8 oz. of Carmex for about $10...now that's something to write home about!
Monday, June 18, 2007
After we arrived at our destination we had lunch. We sat at an outdoor cafe and ordered cheese pide (similar to pizza without sauce) and the cafe's famous guvec which was similar to beef stew meat with tomatoes and peppers. It was good, but a little fatty. In this picture you can see the kitchen where the food was prepared behind Brian and Jacob.
After eating we went to the town hall to find out if they could give us any information about their town. We were seated in a waiting room and served tea. After waiting for a long time we realized that we were waiting to talk to the mayor. He seemed fairly busy so we said that we would just walk around the town on our own. We drove up to a park that overlooked the town and let the kids play on the playground. Here is a picture of the town.
We were really hoping to meet some people around the town, but other than kids it just didn't happen. There were several children at the restaurant and at the park that talked to us. Brian overheard two girls talking to each other in Turkish about asking us "What is your name?" in English. They never did work up the nerve to ask us though. We asked them in Turkish if they spoke English, and they just giggled, said no, and ran away. Up at the park some boys did come and sit on a bench close to us and after we started talking to them they asked us "What is your name?" I'm sure their English teacher at school would be proud! We are thinking about going back on Sunday for the Mulberry Festival that they are having. If we had waited around for the mayor he might have even invited us to it, but it didn't seem like we were going to get in to see him very quickly. Even though we didn't come away with any new friends we still enjoyed getting out of town for a few hours!
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
I am more out of shape now than I have been in a while. We went bowling last night, and the balls were so heavy! I felt like my elbow was being pulled out of socket! And I was using a 8 pound ball! I also bowled the worse score ever for me. 48. Now I do admit I wasn't trying very hard. I usually bowl around 100, but after not knocking down any pins the first frame and feeling like my arm was coming apart I stopped trying.
I have been working in the nursery at church the past two Sundays. I felt like it was a Who's Who of the bible. Stephen and Paul kept fighting over the toy cars. Andrew kept getting his feelings hurt. Levi wanted to make sure he had access to all the toys he wanted. Joshua just laid there (he's only a couple of months old!), and Eva was angelic. And then Maggie and Kayra. They seemed out of place in the midst of all the others.
We ordered dinner from McDonalds tonight. Erica got a large french fries. Will got a quarter pounder. Anna Grace got a "chicken burger". And Jacob asked for a McTurco. It is basically a very thick tortilla with two hamburger patties or two chicken patties covered in some special sauce. I've never had one...they look gross to me. When I was taking orders Jacob said he wanted a "McFlurco". I think he was confused! McFlurry and McTurco....maybe.
Erica leaves for camp tonight. She is traveling with several other kids on a bus. It's not a camp bus or a church bus. Just a regular one like Greyhound. It leaves at 11pm and will travel all night before reaching it's destination. She is the oldest of the kids going on the bus. I'm not sure how many are going at this point. She has a cell phone so I'm not too concerned! The bus will stop at least once during the night for a 30 minute stretch break. Hopefully she will be able to sleep some before and after so that she doesn't start camp exhausted! She arrives back home next Saturday at 11pm.
Well that's it for now. I will try to write more this week.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Monday, June 04, 2007
Will spent the night with a friend on Saturday night and played his first game of tennis. Now he walks around saying "I love tennis!" constantly! He played his last soccer game for the spring season at this base on Saturday. I'm glad it's over, but I will miss the Dr. Pepper they have for sale at the base!
Jacob put couch pillows up his shirt and wrestled around with whoever would take him on. He also played soccer at the base.
Erica sat at the computer chatting with friends. She also helped lead worship at church on Sunday morning. Brian says she did a great job. I had to work in the nursery so I didn't get to particpate in worship.
Anna Grace played on the playground equipment at the base. She decided to jump off one part and ended up hurting her foot. This is the same equipment that Jacob fell off of and broke his arm two years ago. I really didn't think it was a big deal, but after she sat with me for 1 1/2 hours watching the boys play soccer even when being coaxed by her friends to come back and play I figured something was wrong. Her foot looked like it might be slightly swollen so Brian took her to the hospital. She came home with a cast. According to the x-rays she didn't break it. We weren't really sure why they put it in a cast. Brian said they wanted to immobilize it. Haven't they ever heard of an ace bandage?!? We talked to a friend who is a doctor, and he said that it could be a compound fracture which would show up better on an x-ray done after a couple of days. He said that it did seem a little over the top to cast her foot, but he had used the same method a couple of times when necessary. I took her back to the doctor today, and they decided (without doing another x-ray to be sure) that it wasn't fractured. The doctor wants her to wear the cast for another week, and then possibly have it wrapped in a bandage for another week. I personally think that it is crazy! I guess if it really is a compound fracture I should be grateful that she still has a cast on. The problem is trying to get around. We have no crutches, and I don't plan on buying any just for a week! They are expensive! And Brian went out of town this morning for a couple of weeks. (He will actually be back for about 24 hours from Thursday night to Friday night, but that won't help us too much with getting her to and from school.) I ended up taking her to school today. We put her in a desk chair with wheels, and her friends pushed her around all day! I think they all enjoyed it! One thing I have to say about the medical care here...they don't take injuries lightly. They seem to go overboard on most things! That's better than not taking things seriously enough I guess!
I went to a garage/moving sale and bought some new houseplants. Everytime I get a new plant my cats decide to eat them. I think that I overwhelmed them by buying four new plants at once. They don't seem to care a bit that there are new plants in the house!
Brian went to a movie with a friend as well as participated in the stuff mentioned above! Going to the base for soccer games, taking me to a garage sale, taking Anna Grace to the hospital, and various other chauffer duties took up much of his time this weekend! I bet he's glad to be gone for a few days. He's off with a group from the states basically chauffering them around Turkey! I guess I should learn to drive here so I can help!
Friday, June 01, 2007
I took a bus home from the city this afternoon. While on the bus I witnessed an almost accident. Our bus cut someone off and the car's tires squealed and hit a curb before coming back into traffic. I was sitting in a bus seat in the rear of the bus that faces the back of the bus so I saw the whole thing. The bus continued until the next bus stop which was just a few feet further up the road. The car pulled over and the guy who was the passenger in the car got out and started running toward our bus. The driver of the car got out and looked at his tire before heading in our direction. The bus driver got out and met them right outside of my window. They all raised their voices and yelled about who was at fault and the bus driver even put his hand out to keep the other guys away from him. I kept thinking that they were going to get into a fight right there. I couldn't believe that nobody from the bus got off to try to "help" the situation. After a couple of minutes of screaming at each other they all headed back to their vehicles, and we were on our way. I did notice that our bus driver seemed to drive more recklessly after the incident. I think he was in a hurry since he had stopped for longer than planned so he tried to make up for it by going as fast as he could through the rest of the traffic. I was thankful nobody else got in his way! I would have loved to have taken a picture of the guys yelling at each other.
Next time I will bring my camera!