On Sunday afternoon, our team was invited to the town council meeting for Nasuuti (that’s our neighborhood). It was… interesting. We were presented to town leaders and welcomed to the neighborhood, which was extremely kind of them, but then we ended up listening to an hour long speech by the head of security. Or sechurity, as it’s pronounced here. It was in Lugandan, although with the help of translators we were able to make out something about a dog from Germany who sniffs out thieves and some jokes that had the crowd in hysterics and left us a bit confused. The language barrier. Always such a mood killer. It was a beautiful evening though and we enjoyed ourselves.
Describing our team as great doesn’t quite do it justice. I’ve never been surrounded by so many brilliant, insightful, hardworking, and hilarious people. Constantly throughout the day I find myself learning something new or in pain from laughing so hard. They’re wonderful. We really lucked out.
In other news, we got a table and a book shelf made and constructed a makeshift couch out of extra mattress pads, so our house is becoming more like home by the day! We’re thinking of acquiring some chickens to house in the small chicken coop in the backyard, and at our Monday night meeting we voted to adopt a goat to live in the front yard and trim our lawn. We’re utterly thrilled! I think the two will be a welcome distraction from the sound of pigs being beheaded at the pork joint next door. Had to witness that walking home church on Sunday and it was not pleasant.
Lois has come to play twice since we last updated. Have we told you about Lois? She’s our cook Edith’s daughter and she has the energy of about ten 4 year olds her size. Sometimes this results in violent jumping onto people. Sometimes it leads to mad dancing or singing. Always it leads to chaos. Lois is our favorite.
In the past week we’ve had a birthday celebration and two mission calls in the team, which meant two nights of cake from the bakery owned by a family we are working with on a few projects. The first night was chocolate, which was delightful, but the second night we ended up with the Ugandan standard raison cake that makes me a little nervous ever since we spent an hour last Thursday sorting good raisons from bad and killing the hundreds of bugs in between. Oh well, I’m keeping optimistic with the thought that they wash the raisons before baking them into cake and that any leftover bugs would be killed in the oven regardless. Yummy. Soon I’ll start making grasshopper muffins. I mentioned last time that we each ate a grasshopper last week, right? It was fairly not bad all things considered.
Something that is fairly bad? Doing laundry. Nicole and I spent yesterday morning cleaning our filthy clothes supply with the remains of a bucket of detergent and a withering bar of soap in some water buckets. It was quite the long painful experience, though it left us with stronger arms and uncannily clean hands. The real problem was getting them to dry on the line in 80something% humidity. Oh well, another life experience to cross off the list! Life is good, all things considered.
P.S. A round of applause for Nicole, who had her first latrine experience today. There was a moment when she lost her balance and there were loud noises that made me worry for her safety, but thankfully she survived and is alive and well!