Saturday, August 27, 2016

Celebrity Sightings! Part 3--The Back Story

Celebrity Sightings!  Part 3--The Back Story


I decided to do this series about celebrity sightings when I kept hearing about celebrities coming to Nepal and I thought, "Well, by the law of averages, we should have seen at least one!"

So far, we haven't!

 Well, Part 1 was about those celebrities we missed (and of course, are continuing to miss!)!
Part 2 was about celebrities we did actually see while in S. America.

However, before I actually write about when I met a famous person, yes, I did,
I'll just put up a few pictures of people around here I see who SHOULD be celebrities!

Man, these girls are my heroes!

So are these!  There they are, all day, every day,

What about these "shop" keepers?

How about this family, living like this since the earthquake?

We see people here everyday who should be celebrities.
Their braveness is inspiring.  Thanks to all who are praying for these heroes in Nepal,
struggling day by day to make a living and never giving up!

OK, well, now on to my story of when I met a celebrity.

I was a freshman in college (for my Nepali friends, it wasn't 11th or 12th grade;
it was what you call university) at Columbia Union College in Maryland, which is now named 
Washington Adventist University, where I was studying for my
Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education.
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On a funny side note, I found out about the name change when it changed on
my Facebook page!

By the way, it was called Washington Missionary College when my parents went there,
and it is actually where they met!
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It was a great place to go to school--all of the tourist attractions 
of Washington, D.C. were there at our fingertips!

If you haven't been there yet, check out these websites to see what's there:

Now because I had worked in my high school's library for three years, working my way up to cataloging and accessioning books, I was a shoo-in for and easily obtained a job at Weis Library on the college's campus before I even arrived.  

Of course, as someone who's a bookworm, it was and always is, 
heavenly to be surrounded by books!
That link is in this past post if you missed it:

Anyway, so did I meet a celebrity there?  Well, keep reading!  As I said, this is the back story!

By the way, if someone had told me then that I would set up and run a library for 
an elementary school in Nepal one day, I'd have told them they were crazy!
It would have been only a dream!  However, it's a reality--and one that I love!!!

Here are the darling first graders learning how to carefully read and take care of books,
including how to turn the pages, along with wonderful older students as my translators.

OK, so school started and so did my job at the library.
I checked out books,
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and shelved books (putting them back on the shelves after they were returned).
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By the way, I have taught the children here how to put their returned books 
back properly on the shelves.  It's great!  It makes them feel special!

Other times I was assigned to "Reading the Shelves,"
which was checking to make sure each book was in the proper place 
and putting it back in its proper place if it wasn't there.
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Of course, my favorite assignment was when I was able to help organize the section 
of the library for the elementary education majors, of which I was one!
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It was a large library, like most university libraries, and we all had to move around with the different assignments just about every week to make it fair.  Reading shelves every day for
months on end could make you feel like you were going crazy!
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Well, one day when the new assignments were posted for the next week I saw
what I presumed was a mistake and I went to the head librarian's office.

Me:  "Excuse me Miss So & So, there's a mistake on this schedule."
Her:  "What do you mean?"
Me:  "I'm scheduled to work on Sunday on this schedule."
Her:  "Yes."
Me:  "That's a mistake."
Her:  "No, it's not."
Me:  "But my dad told me I don't have to work on Sundays."

(Yes, I was that spoiled!)

Her:  "My dear, your dad is not in charge here.  I am.  Everyone must take turns working on Sunday.  That's all there is to it.  Now, if you'll excuse me,  I have to get back to work."
Me:  "That's it?"
Her:  "Yes."
Me:  "Well, then I quit!"

Yes, I did quit!

I rushed out of her office.  I rushed to my room.  My roommate was there.
Roommate:  "What's the matter?  You look frazzled."
Me:  "I just quit my job.  My dad is going to kill me!"
Roommate:  "Well, I just heard there was an opening at the radio station
for a receptionist.  If you hurry, you can get there before they close."

I was out the door before she barely finished and ran to the radio station.

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Here's their website:

OK, now I think you're getting the idea--yes, I got the job and yes, I met a famous person 
while working there at the radio station!  

To find out what happened, stay tuned for Part 4--The Story!

Have a nice day, take care, God bless, and thanks again for prayers!!! 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Nepal Happenings

This past week many people in Nepal celebrated the Hindu festival of Janai Purnima.
Parts of India celebrate this festival under the name Raksha Bandhan.

Here's something you can see during this festival:

Now, I have twice done posts about this and I'm going to repost them today
for those of you who missed them.  

I posted this post after our first Janai Purnima:
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I used this picture because you'll find a cute conversation about festivals
that I had with some of the children!

Two years later, I posted about Janai Purnima again,
when I was able to go to the festival site.
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For more photos (professional ones!), and more information,
check out these newspaper stories:
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toddler gets colourful thread Janai Purnima

No photos, but interesting:

Here's what else happened this past week:
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Gaijatra Festival in Basantapur

More photos here:

Well, that's what's been happening here, and whatever happened in your neck of the woods,
we hope you had a wonderful week.

Thanks to all of you who are praying for Nepal, and actually for the whole world!

Have a nice day, take care, and God bless!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

What I Do Differently Now

Hi!  Here's a little cuteness to start the post with!

They escaped from their classroom to greet me!
It's wonderful!  The joy on those precious faces lifts me up every day!

Anyway, we are fine and thankful for all our blessings.  However, it's 15 months
post-earthquake, and I still do some things differently than I did pre-earthquake.
This may or may not be interesting to you!  

Anytime I think I will lighten up, we get another aftershock--like today:

and yesterday:

So, I don't know about other people, but I never fully relax.
I still "start" when I hear a noise like a dropped book or something.
I look around and wait to see if it's an aftershock.
Will it stop or keep the earthquakes did?

So, yes, every morning this is me:
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Now, I don't think my brain has changed,

 although some people might challenge me on that,

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but I do some things differently now.

I don't lounge around in my pajamas and robe anymore, either in the morning or the evening.
I get up and get dressed right away, and don't take my shower and get into my pajamas
until right before I want to go to sleep.
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Speaking of showers, we still take the fastest showers we can.  
Of course, we have always had to take fast showers here!  The water can run out at any moment,
so you always have to wash your hair first to make sure you can rinse it!

Then we had the earthquake, and taking a shower during aftershocks is a little shocking, 
so you don't want to fool around!

Of course, this past winter, during the fuel crisis, we didn't want to run out of gas, showers had to be the norm!  Lucking we had experience. and 
we were blessed that we didn't have to wait in line like so many had to do.

We're still taking fast showers--it gets to be a habit here!
However, when we were on vacation, we took very long showers!
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Another thing I do differently, is walk back and forth into the kitchen in the mornings to sip my coffee which I keep on the kitchen counter, until I've drunk enough so that I'm not
afraid that this will happen:
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During a recent aftershock, this happened:

 Luckily potatoes aren't breakable!

Anything else?  Yes.

I keep a set of clothes right near our bed in case we  have to jump up and go outside.
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Our shoes are near the front door.

By the way, while looking for that picture, I found my dream closet:
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Anyone else love this?!?!?!

We also keep a backpack by the front door with a water bottle, cookies, and toilet paper!
 We're not this organized, but it's a good idea and something the American Embassy
told us to do when we first got here.
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Lastly, as soon as dusk starts, I put my Energizer headlamp flashlight around my neck.
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When the lights go out, I don't have to fumble for a flashlight, as it's always around my neck!
I love it!

Here's a really interesting article about preparing for natural disasters:

We have both survived other natural disasters, and are certainly thankful to the Lord
for His mercies!  Those stories will have to be in another post!

Have a nice and disaster free day!  Blessings to all!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

A Few Current Scenes

Well, here it well into July already!  Boy!  Time is flying by!'s hoping everyone had a ...

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If we were home, we would have been at my family reunion!  Happy day!
However, I'm happy that I was able to video chat!

I love it!  We didn't even dream of this in the '80s when my parents were in Africa.
Maybe those who did dream of this had relatives living far away!  Anyway--THANKS!
How we would have loved it then like we love it now!
Letters took two weeks, if we were lucky, and phoning in those days was so expensive that
we mostly only phoned when there was bad news.  Yikes!

By the way, letters and packages usually take two weeks to get here too--most of the time!

Anyway, it's now the monsoon season.

This was a rather light rain.  It can become torrential!  It was so bad a few weeks ago
that crops were tragically destroyed.

One of Ramon's patients, a very elderly man, told him that he couldn't remember such a storm
since he was a boy!
I admit that it was a little scary and we prayed!

The past three months have been difficult:

Swollen Bhotekoshi near Barhabise. Photo: Nepal Red Cross Society, Sindhupalchok

Man!  These two pictures are from this article which I give the credit to:

Here's the road to the church:

Yep, flats are the way to go!
I'm very happy to say that the cars and motorcycles wait for you to pass so they don't splash you!

This is on the outskirts of town,

and thankfully they're working on it,as there are potholes in the potholes of the potholes!  (Not kidding!)

It's also HOT and HUMID!  Of course, that's to be expected.
Everyone stays in the shade as much as possible,

unless they have to work outside--and they work hard, all day long, day after day,
week after week, month after month, year after year!

I was happy to find these ladies who were able to work while sitting down--at least for awhile!
They were very happy for me to take their picture!

Now we haven't heard that fuel is in low supply again, but we have seen very long lines at the
fuel stations again, like we did during the crisis.  This is only a small part of a very long line and we have recently seen very long lines.  Let's hope everyone just accidentally had to get fuel at the same time!

Sometimes I wonder why I took a certain picture--like this one.  Perhaps I was
wondering if Deep Stationary was selling nice and thick notebooks! 

Look!  Here's a truck driver who is a fan of the Titanic movie! 
Do you think Leonardo, Kate, and James know they have a big fan in Kathmandu?

It looks nice!
I have seen Che, Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, AC/DC, and others many times on the trucks
and buses, and have put some pictures up before.  This was the first time I've seen scenes from a movie!

Well, I'll end for now with two pics from school.  The other day I found some of the third graders
relaxing by their door after recess while waiting for their teacher to show.  I told them I liked
how calm, cool, and collected they were!

Then I found the fourth graders at study.  They are as sweet and nice as they look!

More later!  I hope I'll have pictures from Ramon.  He's been so busy and hasn't even
taken any pictures since we've been back.

Have a nice day and thanks for your prayers!