So I figured out that if I wait until I have internet access to create a blog for posting, by the time I catch up on and reply to emails, I have no more time or energy for blogging! So I've decided to compose my blog posts when I don't have web access; then I'll just copy them when I'm able.
Two weeks we've now been in Jinja. After a few days of catching up with Danyne and Surj, their girls and baby Jagpal, and seeing a bit of our new world, we landed in bed for two days and two nights with not so happy intestines. Meanwhile, a church around the corner was holding an all-night prayer meeting on high volume with loud speakers and singers who shouldn't have microphones... they literally sang til the sun came up! Needless to say, we did our sleeping in broad daylight, not the night!
As soon as we recovered, it was "off to the shop!" The gift store that Danyne and Surj run in Jinja had recently been "shifted" to Main Street (they changed locations) and we had the challenge of unpacking everything and getting it in order. It took us an entire week to do it, in addition to getting the new "saloon" (as they call it here) up and running.
The shop is called "Akiba" which is an African word for "treasure" and the salon which is upstairs from the shop is called "A Kut Above". We opened Tuesday (July 9th) and I am enjoying working there, especially when I have clients! It's nice to be doing the same thing I would be doing at home... helps this place to feel more comfy.
Next on the wish list is to move into our own place. In our 6 weeks of marriage we have been living out of suitcases with no place to call "home" so needless to say, I AM READY!
The little place we will live in is next to Surj's Palm Tree guesthouse where Brian is in charge of making sure the 15 or so U.S. military men who will be living at the guesthouse for the next year are fed the right food at the right time. Basically, his job is like managing a kitchen at a restaurant. (Funny how we are doing the exact same thing we would be doing at home, but we're in AFRICA!) The place isn't ready for us yet so pray that takes place soon. For now, it is good to spend time with family here and adjust a bit to the rhythm of Jinja, but I am looking forward to settling in a little better and getting my things out of these tubs we packed in!
That's pretty much the "catch up" on life here so far...
In other news, all in a matter of days I've got a sister-n-law with a new baby on the way and a brother-n-law with a new bride to be! Congrats to Jamie & Billy and Aaron & Rachel! Yay Family!