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|The people/branch ||The customer service |
Being at church for 10 hours on Sunday.
Planning Girls Camps and Youth Conferences.
|The beach |
Discovering sand in every crevice (of car, home & body)
Eric throwing/squishing sea cucumbers at me. Yes, "squishing". When you squeeze a sea cucumber it squirts out a liquid (hopefully, water), and a pretty good distance too.
|The weather ||The humidity. The sticky clothes. The worthless hair staightening and instant frizz.|
|The sky/sunsets/sunrises ||The short days |
|The jungle ||The jungle overtaking our car |
Having few shopping options. Makes decision-making easy.
When I say "shopping", I mostly mean grocery shopping because we were (and still are) too broke to shop for clothes. During our 2 years on Saipan, Eric and I did both go on one big shopping spree at ROSS (!) when we visited Guam.
I wasn't tempted by home decor either b/c 1. I knew our stay their was temporary, 2. The humidity tends to destroy things, and 3. If it didn't fit in the 2 pcs of luggage that I arrived on Saipan with, then there was no point.
|Having few shopping options |
|Having few restaurant options ||Having few restaurant options |
|Diversity ||Being mistaken for a Russian ("dancer")|
|Fun cultural experiences|
Not-so-fun “cultural” experiences.
|Easy access to travel ||Constant temptation to travel |
Living in the jungle and feeling very secluded
|Living with lizards, massive wolf spiders, ants and, worst of all, shrews. |
Our boonie dog "Skinny"
|The boonie dogs |
|Having a PO Box instead of an address|
Fun island adventures
Not-so-fun island incompetence that led to a summer of island-wide dark and sweaty power outages.
|My husband warned me that my blog posts were getting a little dull so I took that as a challenge. I'm confident that Eric will love this post.|
We may not have as many photo opportunites here in Idaho as we did on Saipan, but that hasn't stopped us from making our own.
|It's amazing how thoroughly entertained we were by this little activity. If you haven't guessed, Eric and Jason were just shaking their heads violently from left to right to achieve this somewhat convincing effect. The tricky part is snapping the photo at the right moment.|
Eric wins the prize for best floppy cheeks.
I don't think he'll be winning any prizes for sex appeal with these photos, however.
|We've got a bit of a revolving door going on right now; so who's next? Kristin and Brigham are staying with us right now while they search for an apartment. Which means, yes, they are moving to Boise! I'm looking forward to having a friend close by. (They're moving from New York so it will be a bit of an adjustment).|
I've known Kristin for about 8 yrs. We met at BYU-Idaho, spent a summer playing together in California, and were roommates one summer as well. I even tried to set her up with my bro-in-law Patrick at one point. But, alas, Pattie found Nat, and Kristin found Brigham. They're getting married in California next week. I'm sad that I can't go to the wedding, but I'm looking forward to seeing more of them when they move here.
|Saturday Eric and I were introduced to a whole new world. A world of fake tans, protein bars, egg whites, and bulging muscles.|
We were there to support our good friends and pseudo relatives. Beck and Chris are the perfect examples of why you should never judge a book by its cover. Becky is a sweet, polite and very intelligent little English girl, and Chris is a professionally trained chef. They've both been training and dieting like crazy for the past few months. (They also have 2 young children)
It was definitely a strange atmosphere - seeing unnaturally dark-skinned people with their bright white eyes and teeth, their 0% body fat, and their big veins and muscle mounds, walking around casually with only a few sequins to cover up their unmentionables. I learned, however, that for at least some of the contestants, it's not all about vanity and ego, for some - like our friends - it was about fitness, reaching personal goals, and gaining confidence.
Becky is 3rd from the right.
Chris is 2nd from the left.
The pose-off. A strange world indeed.