When my son, Steven finished his first day of 1st grade, I asked him how he liked his new teacher. His reply: "She's the same one as last year, only with a different HEAD!"
Over the years, I've chuckled many times over that statement but it wasn't until living in a foreign country that I understood the "different head" part. My mother taught me well..."different" does not mean "bad" it's just, DIFFERENT.
A sense of humor helps when you live in a foreign country!
We flash these smiles about 100 times a day! We're having a blast!
This week we spent most of our days (and nights) in front of a computer. We proposed a project, and closed out two others that were in process when we arrived. For some reason, those who assigned us to be Country Directors thought we were computer geniuses! Being real estate email masters does not hold a candle to what we've learned here in the last month! Luckily, my computer is also a genius, which has saved it's life many times as I've threatened to throw it into the traffic 6 floors down!
Denny's computer is in the bedroom which is is a good thing! Sometimes you just need your space! I have been known to email him from the living room! Denny is on the High Council and in this picture, he is preparing a talk he will give IN ROMANIAN in 2 weeks! We will travel by train to Brasov for this assignment.
I knew the day would come when I would resort to having my husband color my hair! He is a trooper and as far as I know, he didn't miss a hair! As good as he is...there's no way I would trust him with scissors! I went on the hunt for the perfect salon. (Just shoot me!)
Here we have 'Salon Sauvage'. The 'Frizerie' brought back memories of my teenage years when my hair was permanently "Frizeried". I didn't bite! (I also didn't buy the leather jacket the Gypsy woman was hocking!)
Here we have 'Style Victim Studio'. Call me crazy but sometimes I consider myself a "Style Victim" and this place called my name! I did my homework and learned all the important Romanian words like, "Just a trim" and "Not too short" and "Like I said, NO CLIPPERS!".
Monica did a great job, except for the blow-dry which gave me the "riding in a convertible" look! After my own styling, I was pleased! With tip, it cost $7.50 USD!
Watch out Donlee!
Back to my "Things that are different" theme. . .
This is our washing machine. The folks that brought us the "Easy Bake Oven" made this! It's like the "Easy Bake Oven" but not as fun!
I'm sure the "Easy Dry Dryer" is right around the corner. Until it's invented, this is our "different" way of drying. I call it doing my part to keep humidity in the air of Bucharest!
This is our double bed. We won't go into the virtues of the mattress. We're accustomed to a "KING" so sleeping like pencils for 18 months will be different!
This is our kitchen. In another week I'll be cooking a Thanksgiving dinner for 12 here. It is definitely a one woman workspace. Denny will have to email me if he wants to talk! Notice the 15X13-one rack "Easy Bake Oven"!
Sometimes Romanians think we're famous. These new friends wanted their picture with us! THAT'S DIFFERENT!
Our Spokane friends!
This is either a creative way to display your rock collection or a car cover in a hurricane. You choose!
No kidding. Gypsy wagons share the city streets. DIFFERENT!
We love our Mission and enjoy our adventures here.
But, sometimes we think of home and our quiet street and long for the sound of 'Rain birds' and a view of the Spokane Temple.
...and a trip to Chester Store.
Lest you think we're homesick, NOT HAPPEN EN'! We're a bit punchy after our week of computer trials but we're not down! This week, we'll take an overnight train to Moldova to visit a water project just finishing there. My camera will be ready and I promise better pictures than cars with rocks!