Friday, September 29, 2006's been a while!!

My word!! It has been almost a month since I last blogged!! A lot has happened!! The wedding planning has been going well...not a lot left to do...which is good...since the wedding is only five weeks away!! I also no longer have a nanny job...seems they felt I was more focused on the wedding than on their daughter...well, duh!! It was getting a bit difficult as the little girl was adorable but spoiled like crazy and I was just about at my wits end as to what to do...since "we don't make her do anything she doesn't want to do"!! Brack and I had pretty much decided that I was gonna give notice when we got back from the honeymoon...the only down side is that we could have used the salary from this time...but oh well!!


While channel-surfing this morning there was a segment on the news about dumb laws on the books in NYC. Since that cracked me up, I thought I'd post a few dumb laws on my blog here for your enjoyment!!

*It is illegal to enter Wisconsin with a chicken on your head...(I wonder what smartaleck brought about that law?)

*In New York it is illegal for citizens to greet one another by putting one's thumb to the nose and wiggling the fingers...(yeah, cause that's how we all say hello!!)

*In Canada it is illegal to climb trees or to pay for a fifty-cent item with only pennies...(had to add that one in for the benefit of our friends north of the border!!)

*In Thailand it is illegal to leave the house if you are not wearing underwear...(hmm...some PR ladies should never go to Thailand!!)

*In Alabama it is illegal to wear a false mustache that causes laughter in church...(methinks a false mustache would cause laughter ANYTIME!!)

*In Florida men may not be seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown...(but a gown WITH straps is okay?)

*In NYC it is illegal for donkeys to sleep in bathtubs...(get your ass out of the tub!!)

Anyway...that is enough for now!! It is a beautiful day but I have lots to clean and organize indoors today...and premarital counseling papers to fill out...meh!! Laterz!!

Currently Listening To: Star Wars Main Theme (yeah...Brack is rubbing off on me!!)

Friday, September 1, 2006

You Know You're An MK When...

There IS a book and quite a few lists of this out there...these are my own, however...

*You get homesick for Romania when you’re in Peru, for Peru when you’re in America, and for America when you’re in Romania!

*You get nostalgic when you go to Mexico on a church mission trip, though it was 15 years and three countries ago that you lived there.

*You carry change, tissues, and antibacterial gel with you wherever you go...since you never know what sort of bathroom situation to expect.

*Toilets can be holes that you squat over…and then flush!

*You stockpile Equate creamy peanut butter…more for the price!

*You had to sing “People Need the Lord” and “Here Am I Lord” all over the States in front of total strangers as a child.

*You have siblings born with foreign citizenship…but you all have the same birth parents.

*Your laptop has been configured to be able to type in three different languages.

*It’s an exciting day when you can actually accomplish everything on your “To Do” list…or even half of them!

*You get excited to see things like Nutella and Inca Kola in American stores.

*You’ve ever been awake in the middle of the night adjusting once again to a different time zone.

*You eat bread and mayonnaise with your French fries…and it seems normal to you.

*You figure out how to make Romanian desserts with Peruvian ingredients.

*A rolling footlocker has a million uses.

*Eating at McDonald’s is a special treat…since in your adopted country it costs the same as a nice sit-down meal would at a regular restaurant.

*You laugh when your American friends have to get in the car to drive to the other side of the shopping center.

*You then realize you got soft in the States when you get winded walking across town when you get back home to your adopted country.

*Telenovelas make up a great deal of your TV watching…between the speaking in Spanish and the Romanian subtitles you can understand it all!

*Your family is scattered across four continents and at a family reunion you may eat Korean barbecue, Romanian sarmale, and Mexican rice…and wash it all down with Peruvian chicha morada!!

*Nieces and nephews are all bi-lingual…but their second languages are all different!

*You don’t flush every time…and you never put the paper in the toilet.

*You get excited when you go into an import shop in Romania and see Peruvian items.

*You could hang out for hours in World Market…but are surprised to see what they charge.

*If you arrive on time, you are actually early…in your adopted country.

*You actually look forward to the holidays in your adopted country…the focus is family, friends, and church…not buying a gift for everyone and their uncle’s cousin!

*You gasp when you hear how much people are willing to spend on church building projects in the States…and calculate how many churches could be built with that money on the field.

*You feel sorry for American teens who can only speak one language…and who are amazed that you know more than two fluently.

*Your one and only limo ride in the States…you spent the whole time talking to the Cuban driver in Spanish.

*You are disappointed to realize that your favorite jeans are dirty two days before a trip…cause there won’t be time for them to dry before leaving if you wash them now.

*Your brother’s MK friend is amazed to discover that American toilet paper actually tears apart into “little hankies!”

*Text messaging and beeping people on your mobile seem more natural than actually calling them.

*You know you’ve finally assimilated when you dream in your adopted language.

*When meeting up with another MK…you realize that though your different adopted cultures have nothing in common…you still can relate so well to them.

*You laughingly have to explain to your mom that in some countries the elevator doors actually close by themselves.

*You also have to laugh when your mom doesn’t get how funny the phrase “You mesclar your idiomas without thinking about it” is, because her mind automatically translated the Spanish for her when she heard you say that!!

A definition of globalization....

Got this from a Romanian friend...please bear with me if it sounds a bit stilted in English...I had to translate it myself...

Question: What is the most real definition of globalization?

Answer: The death of Princess Di.

Question: How's that?

Answer: A British princess with an Egyptian lover is in an accident in a French tunnel while riding in a German car with a Dutch motor that is driven by a Belgian (who was drunk with Scottish whisky) while being chased by Italian paparazzi on Japanese motorbikes. The princess was treated by an American doctor with Brazilian medicine. (And you are reading this on a computer that uses Taiwanese microchips and has a Korean monitor that was assembled by workers from Bangladesh in a factory in Singapore and transported by ship by people from India).

What do you think of that? Mai zi ceva!

Currently Listening To: Perfect by Sara Evans

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