Well, well! It’s been over a day, nay 5 days since I lasted posted, so I feel I should update y’all! Here are some of the occurrences of the week (these are not chronological…merely in order of remembrance)
1) Pancake Monday! My friend Alan hosted a pancake breakfast and it was delightful. We had Indonesian Oreo, banana, chocolate chip, and “fun fetti” (i.e., sprinkles) pancakes!
Oh! I also got to help translate for Alan and his haus meri! I know about ten words of Tok Pisin and Alan knows none, so…it was pretty funny. But we held a very small conversation she via me told Alan that he needed to go to the library and get Tok Pisin books (which he did) so he could learn. She was great and I was glad to be able to use the minimal speaking skills I have.
2) Worship practice! I. AM. SUPER. EXCITED. We practice again tomorrow (Friday) and will lead worship for the Sunday morning English service. I am playing the guitar. It is going to be great. Everyone playing is super talented, and the worship leader is amazing. I will post video if I can. I CAN’T WAIT!!
I live about…well… a ten minute walk from the Meeting House (church building). After carrying my guitar to school on the second day of class and having my arm almost fall off, I fashioned this fancy carrying contraption using my guitar strap. Goal achieved.
3) Carrcasone. Apparently, this is a famous game I have never heard of or played. It is in the “strategery, land building, get the most points at the end” category of games of which I am not to fond, but this one is delightful. I tend to think it is more the company in which I am playing the game more so than the game itself, but we have fun. We also make up our own rules like, set a timer and when it goes off whoever’s turn it is loses a man and the next player gets to choose which man, but they also lose a man. It was a very volatile game changer. I lost.
4) Drums this past Sunday night! It went great! I found some towels in the cleaning closet and was able to mute them sufficiently, evidenced by the fact that if anyone talked to me about playing the drums in the service I asked if they were too loud and all of them said no very emphatically.
5) I finally have a sweater. Not a cardigan, an actual sweater. My friend Donna donated to my “I forgot to to repack my sweatshirt after I weighed my luggage and it was to heavy so I took stuff out of it and now I’m cold!” cause.
6) I gave my first quiz (zes). All my classes had quizzes….and all classes passed!!!!!! I do believe this is the first time that has happened in my teaching career.
7) An 11th grader called me out on the use of “y’all” I made the argument that I was from Texas and that “y’all” (you plural) is the same as “yupela” (you plural) in Tok Pisin and that it is necessary and grammatically relevant. His response: “Grammatically relevant, yes. Grammatically correct…” I will now say y’all whenever I am in his presence.
8) I got to hang out with the 9th/10th grade youth! The youth directors are amazing. They set up the most creative and actually fun youth games I have ever seen.
So yes! Things are going swimmingly here in Ukarumpa! There is a bridge fixing adventure taking place on Saturday that I, sadly, cannot attend because I will be helping out an all day youth band workshop! The youth here have two youth bands and each one will have a band mentor…and I get to be one! I am super excited to help out and learn from these kids. They are super talented and Saturday cannot come soon enough!
That’s it so far. Peace out!