(My apologies: The following two posts are two weeks old but "old news" is better than no news i hope!)
August 15, 2008
Last night we cooked our first real meal at home (beyond foods like eggs, toast, macaroni and cheese, oatmeal, etc...). We made spaghetti! Mmm it was good! We boiled tomatoes down until they were like a soup, added a very tiny can of tomato paste along with fresh garlic, onion, basil and some Italian spice Brian found in the Palm Tree kitchen. Meanwhile the electricity went out so we were ruing on the military generator and the water coming out of the sink was coming from a reserve tank that sits under ground, therefore the water was the strangest yellow-ish brown color! We boiled it anyway and added spaghetti noodles, asking God to bless and sanctify our food! (We are still alive today to tell the story.) So after combining the mincemeat (hamburger meat) to the sauce, we sprinkled a bit of Romano parmesan on top (thanks to mom and dad sending us some!) and enjoyed some tasty food that was close to home!
I'm beginning to "show" just a little now (you know, enough for me to notice but maybe not you) and am making sure to get a good walk in here and there. I'm at 9 weeks now and feeling pretty good, thank God. Brian took a picture of my belly last night for the first time... I know, it's about time. I will try to get it posted on here someday.
Besides picky eating habits, I keep waiting for the notorious "food cravings" to kick in... I have a harder time figuring out what I WANT to eat... (besides Mexican food of course, which I can't help but miss on this side of the world). I did find some milk that I can stand the taste of. It's the only pasteurized milk here and you buy it in a little plastic bag, about 4 inches by 4 inches. I cut a corner off and pour it into a pitcher. It's nice. Brian drinks milk delivered to our door. Straight from the cow! We boil it down and strain it. Then refrigerate. Much cheaper that way! So we have "my" milk and "his" milk in our tiny college dorm room sized fridge. :) Business is picking up at the salon which is really nice because being busy makes the days go by faster. All the mzungus (white people) are very excited to have me here--I've even got a lady who comes in once a week just for me to shampoo and blow dry her hair!
Brian has been playing a lot of music lately... coming up with multiple new ideas and we finally got the recording stuff out this week and have been playing around on that. Very fun. It's nice to have time on our hands in the evenings for creating--something we wouldn't have near as much of if we were home in the States. We can't wait to come back and play again with our Church of Philly family! We love and miss you guys!