Saturday, November 5, 2016

Celebrity Sightings! Part 4--The Best Job Interview Ever Leads to a Celebrity Sighting!

Well, "Hello!"
Finally I have time to finish this series of posts.

Anyway, I haven't posted recently and it's not just that we've been busy...
We've been really busy and our internet has been iffy--really iffy some days.
Ramon's been so busy that sometimes when he comes home, finally, even for a few minutes, he says, "Hi.  Who are you?"  (smile)

Look at him with this adorable patient, who by the way, was about 30 minutes old in this picture!
What a darling!  What a smile!  What a charmer already at age 30 minutes!

Here are some of the cuties I am blessed to see at school every day:
Also adorable!

Well now, let me finish this series of posts I decided to do about celebrity sightings.

Did you miss the first three parts of this series?
Click to find Part 1:  (Many of the celebs we've missed in Nepal...which made me think of doing this series.)
Part 2:
(The celebs we DID see in Paraguay!)
Part 3:  (The backstory--so today's Part 4 wouldn't be so long...
as well as some heroes of mine here in Nepal who work day and night with little recognition
who really should be celebrities!)

By the way, we missed another famous person recently:

Read this photo credit article to see who was here.  I'm glad she was able to come
and bring awareness to some of the issues facing patients here.
The hospital she visited is doing a great job.

OK, to Part 3, the post ended with me having quit my job in the library where I was going to school, and running to the radio station where I heard there was an opening for a
receptionist.  I ran because I didn't want to miss out on this job!
(Really, if you missed it, click above for Part 3.)

I arrived at the radio station.
(photo credit:  PrayerWorks!)

Yes, the radio station is still there and is as popular as ever!

Sure enough, the reception desk was empty.
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It was very quiet.  "Hello!" I said.  Nothing.  "Hello!" ...a little louder.
I started down the hallway calling out, "Hello!" every few steps.

Finally a voice called out, "In here."
I followed the voice and walked into an office.
"Yes?" the gentleman behind the desk asked.  "I'm a little busy here."

"Well, I heard you're looking for a receptionist.  Are you still taking applications?  I'd like to apply."
"No time for applications.  Can you type?"
"How would you answer the phone?"
"Good afternoon.  WGTS.  How may I help you?"

"You're hired.  Can you start tomorrow?"


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I started working the next day!  I answered the phone and typed!
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NO, the typewriter wasn't THAT old (smile), but the one I learned on was just about that old!!!

The one in my new office was more like this:
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Yes, after learning on the first one, the "modern" electric typewriter was a dream!!!

My other duty was to time the songs on the records (yes, that's what we had then!)
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so the times could be put into the new and very modern (for then!) computer system!
This gave me time to study while the songs were playing.  It was great!

One day when I was sitting at my desk and working, this lady just walked into the office--
out of the blue!
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Oh my!  What a surprise!  

She held her hand out, shook mine, and said, "Hi!  I'm Mrs. Jimmy Carter.
I'm here to talk on the radio since I'm campaigning for my husband."

She looked at me expectantly.  Behind her were about 3-4 of her "people"
and they looked at me expectantly too.
"Our station manager isn't here right now," I managed to say.  "I'll go ask the DJ.  Please wait here just a minute."  We had a little waiting room, something like this, and they sat down.
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I walked quickly to the DJ booth. which looked something like this:
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I had to wait for him to give me the signal that it was safe to talk.
"What?"  he asked.  He wasn't used to being interrupted while on air.
(If this had happened today, I could have sent him a text!)
"Mrs. Jimmy Carter is here with her crew and she wants to talk on air for her husband!"
"WHAT?  OK, I can't leave the booth.  Send the crew in."
"What about her?"
"No, don't let her back here.  I have to explain to the crew that she can't talk
on air unless we have her opponent here to talk too.  We have to give equal air time."
"What should I do with her?"
"Just talk to her!"

Oh man!

I went back to the waiting room and smiled.
"You folks can go back to the booth, but please Mrs. Carter, stay here and talk to me."

They went back and I sat down beside her.  I wished I had some snacks to offer her, but I didn't!

So for about 15-20 minutes, she and I talked!  
It was just a very nice and regular conversation!

She told me she missed her daughter while on the campaign trail,
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and we talked about her daughter's school after I told her I was studying to be a teacher.

She told me about their home and peanut farm in Georgia.
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I told her I had an uncle from Georgia and he and my dad would banter about the sports teams
from Atlanta and Cleveland.  I mentioned that those of us in Ohio would have to plan and time our trips to Florida to make sure we would avoid Atlanta during rush hour!
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So it went...just a nice conversation!

I remember her stretching her legs up and down and saying something like,
"It's actually really nice to sit here and chat and relax for a bit.  We've been going and going
and I haven't had time to relax.  Thank you for keeping me company and just letting me relax!"

"Of course," I said.  "Anytime!"

Before we knew it, her crew came out with the DJ, who had put a tape on, and he told her
that he wasn't allowed to let her talk unless he could give equal time to her opponent.
She said she understood and got up to leave.  She wished us all the best and then
thanked me again for such a nice visit!  She never talked about her husband
or his campaign.  Today we would have taken selfies, but back then we just waved goodbye!

As they walked down the path, the DJ said to me, "You got her autograph didn't you?"
"Uh, no."  OOPS!  I hadn't even thought about it!  Rats!
"You're crazy you know," he said.  "She's probably going to be our next First Lady."

He was right!
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So that's how the best job interview EVER lead to a celebrity sighting--and meeting!

If you want to read more about her, click here:

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

Thanks to all those who are praying for us!

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!