Velvet Ashes Roll Call {The Grove: Daily Life}

Hey Friends,

It’s been a while since we did a roll call post where we want to hear from all of you. Yes, you, you who rarely comment or you who often comment. You who are reading this. Hi! Hi to you :). We have so much fun about once a year doing one of these posts.

I’ve written 10 questions around the topic of your daily life. I’m going to list them here so if you want to just cut and paste the questions, you can and I’ll answer them below. Feel free to share as little or as much as you want. You could even pick just one question to answer. We are excited to see a bit of your daily life!

1. Where do you live? (Some are in sensitive areas, it’s okay to say “a small town” or “the desert” or “The Middle East.” You know your parameters, use your limitation to be clever!)

2. What time does daily life start for locals in your area? What time does it start for you?

3. This is related to next week’s Book Club, do you make your bed? Any strong thoughts on bedmaking?

4. Every day may be different (or horribly the same), but in general, what do you do in your daily life?

5. Do you tend to cook most of your meals? Or is local food affordable and easily accessible?

6. What do you enjoy about daily life in the culture you live in?

7. How does daily life look different for you than when you were in your passport country? (Or vice-versa if you no longer are on the field.)

8. What do you enjoy doing on Saturday morning?

9. Today, what’s the weather like where you are?

10. When do you tend to go to bed?

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1. Where do you live? I live in a suburb of Denver, Colorado in the house I grew up in.

2. What time does daily life start for locals in your area? What time does it start for you? Daily life probably starts between 6:00 and 7:00 a.m. For me, if I’ve had enough sleep, I get up around 5:00 a.m. Morning people represent :-)!

3. This is related to next week’s Book Club, do you make your bed? Any strong thoughts on bedmaking? I am inconsistent. Maybe 50% of the time? No strong thoughts.

4. Every day may be different (or horribly the same), but in general, what do you do in your daily life? In general, my time is devoted in some way or another to helping people be connected to God and each other. Sometimes this is through writing books, others through the work of Velvet Ashes or my local community. I’m on the board of several Christian organizations, help run a writers network with monthly meetings and an annual conference, and am a proud daughter, sister, and aunt.

5. Do you tend to cook most of your meals? Or is local food affordable and easily accessible? In 2004 I moved back to the U.S. for three years to go to grad school. Since I was living with my parents and my mom was (and is) a great cook, I basically gave up cooking. Even when I moved back to China in 2007, somehow, I never picked back up the cooking. I can cook and if need be, I do cook, but when cooking is tied to daily life I have to say, “No, I don’t cook most of my meals.” (Unless making toast or cutting up fruit for yogurt counts as cooking? Then yes, in that sense I do. Ha!!)

6. What do you enjoy about daily life in the culture you live in? I enjoy the easy access to nature and the outdoors. Green and flowers and clear air. I know this isn’t a given for many of you, so I am intentional about enjoying this blessing I have.

7. How does daily life look different for you than when you were in your passport country? (Or vice-versa if you no longer are on the field.) Since I am now in the U.S. what I miss most about my daily work life is intertwining of life and work. I got to know my teammates in ways I don’t get to know people in the U.S.

8. What do you enjoy doing on Saturday morning? I get up and make a cup of tea and read for an hour. There is a class I love at the gym that starts at 7:45. So, tea, reading, and exercise are my fav way to start the day. Which is pretty much what I did in China too . . . except the gym didn’t open until 9:00 a.m. so I had more reading and tea drinking to do before I went out.

9. What’s the weather like where you are? I’m writing this a little early because I’m in Germany as you read this at an organization’s annual meeting. I’m presenting several workshops and hanging out with wonderful cross-cultural workers! Anyway, the weather as I write this is perfect for sitting outside and working on email. I think it is the last nice day to be out for the forseeable future and I am soaking it up!

10. When do you tend to go to bed? Being a morning person who needs her sleep? Between 9:30 and 10:00 p.m.

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Over to you! And if I’m slow in responding it is because I don’t have great internet or am talking to people :-). So, jump in and comment on each others comments.

P.S. I love these roll call posts!

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58 Comments

  1. Theresa October 11, 2018

    1. Where do you live? (Some are in sensitive areas, it’s okay to say “a small town” or “the desert” or “The Middle East.” You know your parameters, use your limitation to be clever!)
    Southern Spain

    2. What time does daily life start for locals in your area? What time does it start for you?
    I think they start around 7:30am. Shops start opening at 9am. I start about the same time as the culture around me. (Thank goodness they aren’t an early morning culture.)

    3. This is related to next week’s Book Club, do you make your bed? Any strong thoughts on bedmaking?
    I might make might bed about 50% if the time. I have no opinions on the subject.

    4. Every day may be different (or horribly the same), but in general, what do you do in your daily life?
    I am a designer, photographer, and videographer. I spend most of my days concepting, shooting, and/ or editing video content for our online ministry.

    5. Do you tend to cook most of your meals? Or is local food affordable and easily accessible?
    I do cook most of my meals. Eating out is expensive here.

    6. What do you enjoy about daily life in the culture you live in?
    I love the 2-3 hour meals where you just get to relax with friends and enjoy the food.

    7. How does daily life look different for you than when you were in your passport country? (Or vice-versa if you no longer are on the field.)
    I feel like it is so different that I can’t even compare it.

    8. What do you enjoy doing on Saturday morning?
    Sleeping in and then getting outside for a hike or a trip to a nearby town. I love exploring.

    9. Today, what’s the weather like where you are?
    It was a very rare rainy day. Normally it is all sunshine.

    10. When do you tend to go to bed?
    Between 11-12.

    1. Kaylee October 11, 2018

      Hi Theresa! Exploring in Southern Spain sounds wonderful. Have you had the opportunity to explore more of Europe?

      1. Theresa October 12, 2018

        Yes! I’ve enjoyed traveling to many European countries.

    2. Amy Young October 12, 2018

      Theresa I’m a bit jealous of your work 🙂 . . . I wish I was more creative and could bring projects to life like you do!! Any links you could share of your work?

        1. Amy Young October 12, 2018

          Thanks for the link!!!! I had seen that video and loved it when I first saw it, and loved it again. You are super talented :). I love the quality of work you are creating for the Kingdom!

  2. Angela October 11, 2018

    1. Where do you live? The highlands of Guatemala
    2. What time does daily life start for locals in your area? What time does it start for you? We’re all up around 5:30 and sometimes the municipal building is blaring the news (via loudspeaker) before then.

    3. This is related to next week’s Book Club, do you make your bed? Any strong thoughts on bedmaking? I really only make my bed when other people might see it. My husband always remakes the bed after me so I just kinda let him deal with it now.

    4. Every day may be different (or horribly the same), but in general, what do you do in your daily life? My normal is homeschooling four kids and doing the correspondence and administration parts of our “job.” Sometimes we have days off of school when guests visit.

    5. Do you tend to cook most of your meals? Or is local food affordable and easily accessible? I cook nearly all of our meals.We buy tortillas from a neighbor regularly but a lot of the food in town isn’t safe for “sensitive” tummies. We tend to eat out on Sundays after church because we’re already down the mountain near restaurants but it’s just more convenient to eat at home on most days.

    6. What do you enjoy about daily life in the culture you live in? We are always surrounded by vibrant colors. The walls may all be dreary concrete but my neighbors value colorful creativity inside their homes and in what they wear.

    7. How does daily life look different for you than when you were in your passport country? (Or vice-versa if you no longer are on the field.) Things are harder here. Getting groceries involves a trip to the bigger town down the mountain and a trip to the market in the middle of our village. It takes a long time to get simple things done. I’m thankful that our homeschool life is virtually the same though we do miss our weekly library trips!

    8. What do you enjoy doing on Saturday morning? Drinking coffee with my husband without rushing about to get the day started

    9. Today, what’s the weather like where you are? Gray upon gray, Hurricane Michael has kept us covered in clouds for a week!

    10. When do you tend to go to bed? The kids are in bed at 8:30 but I’m not ready to sleep until closer to 10 or sometimes midnight.

    1. Amy YOung October 12, 2018

      Oh the early morning blaring of news (or music)! Can be quite a jolt to the system :). Thanks for the peek into your life :)!

  3. Maria October 11, 2018

    1. Where do you live?
    South Thailand

    2. What time does daily life start for locals in your area? What time does it start for you?
    Exercise parks are jammed full of people at 6 am – I usually get up between 6 and 7, but I rarely leave the house before 8:15.

    3. This is related to next week’s Book Club, do you make your bed? Any strong thoughts on bedmaking?
    I’m a most-of-the-time bedmaker. No strong thoughts, except I do feel like if I make my bed, better habit follow me through my day in that area of tidiness (which is not my greatest gift, for sure)

    4. Every day may be different (or horribly the same), but in general, what do you do in your daily life?
    I work part-time at the local University, help run a private English Center, and am involved in a bunch of activities common to Uni ministry (game night, Bible study, baking night, English Corner, etc. etc)

    5. Do you tend to cook most of your meals? Or is local food affordable and easily accessible?
    I cook at home a lot. I’ve blown up like a balloon since moving to a rice-based, sweet coffee loving culture, so right now, I’m trying to take charge of my own eating a bit more. When I say “cook” – it’s quite basic – frying pan, oil, cabbage, chicken, done.

    6. What do you enjoy about daily life in the culture you live in?
    The way people enjoy life and take it slow. Climbing the ladder of success here isn’t such a push (for most of the culture) – it’s more about doing something you can be ok with. This means that the lady selling pork on the street always has time to talk, or the guard on the way into the University knows all about the troubles I have with my motorbike (because he takes time to chat). I like that about Thai daily life.

    7. How does daily life look different for you than when you were in your passport country? (Or vice-versa if you no longer are on the field.)
    I was a high school teacher – spent 7 hours a day teaching. This schedule has a lot more freedom and has my focus in a number of different directions rather than just one

    8. What do you enjoy doing on Saturday morning?
    Sleeping in! And a long cup of coffee. It’s often the morning I make a FaceTime call.

    9. Today, what’s the weather like where you are?
    Not sure – still in my bed! 🙂 .

    10. When do you tend to go to bed?
    I try for 11, but with Uni ministry – you never know when students will pop by and they often come late! I try to stifle my yawns ….

    1. Amy Young October 12, 2018

      It’s so fun to read through these snippets of daily life! Thanks Maria, and I think I would have gained weight if I lived closer to Thai Ice Tea :).

  4. Kaylee October 11, 2018

    1. Where do you live?
    Bolivia

    2. What time does daily life start for locals in your area? What time does it start for you?
    We hear people up and about as early as 5am but the majority start between 7 and 8. I start with the majority (when I can get to bed on time the night before!)

    3. This is related to next week’s Book Club, do you make your bed? Any strong thoughts on bedmaking?
    I make my bed everyday but more out of habit than a strong thought.

    4. Every day may be different (or horribly the same), but in general, what do you do in your daily life?
    I’m a homeschooling housewife on a cross-cultural training center campus. So I spend a lot of time in my home doing the “normal” routine but with discipleship and guests thrown in the mix. The weekly campus schedule dictates a lot of our family life.

    5. Do you tend to cook most of your meals? Or is local food affordable and easily accessible?
    We eat out once or twice a week. Local food is very affordable and accessible unless you choose an “international” cuisine, then you pay for the experience.

    6. What do you enjoy about daily life in the culture you live in?
    Life is so much more laid back here with relationships taking precedence over time. I love that.

    7. How does daily life look different for you than when you were in your passport country? (Or vice-versa if you no longer are on the field.)
    I think the changes are hard to define because we’ve been here too long but things like shopping at a local outdoor market instead of the grocery store for fresh fruit and vegetables or having unannounced visitors at the most inconvenient times (a blessing to the hostess!) are definitely some of the biggest differences.

    8. What do you enjoy doing on Saturday morning?
    With school during the week Saturday morning is house cleaning time but I love Saturday afternoons when I can rest, read a good book and enjoy some quiet.

    9. Today, what’s the weather like where you are?
    It’s surprisingly cool for this time of year (83*F) but with high humidity from the storm that blew through yesterday.

    10. When do you tend to go to bed?
    I try to get to bed by 10pm. . .not that my body will always allow me to fall asleep at that time!

    1. Amy Young October 12, 2018

      I love hearing a few more details about your life . . . helps to add flesh to the picture I have of you in my mind 🙂

  5. Patty October 11, 2018

    Where do you live? (Some are in sensitive areas, it’s okay to say “a small town” or “the desert” or “The Middle East.” You know your parameters, use your limitation to be clever!). Panama

    2. What time does daily life start for locals in your area? What time does it start for you?Most Panamanians get up between 4-5 to take the bus to work. I get up between 6-6:30.

    3. This is related to next week’s Book Club, do you make your bed? Any strong thoughts on bed-making
    99% of the time I make my bed
    4. Every day may be different (or horribly the same), but in general, what do you do in your daily life? I get up and have a cup of tea. That is something I inherited from my great grandmother. Read my devotional or watch a teaching session from a Christian speaker. Some days I teach English or visit women in a low income apt community. Conference calls and emails.

    5. Do you tend to cook most of your meals? Or is local food affordable and easily accessible? Yes, i cook most of my meals. Food is easily accessible but can be expensive.

    6. What do you enjoy about daily life in the culture you live in?The sun. It neve gets cold here. Though sometimes I would love to feel a 65 degree day.

    7. How does daily life look different for you than when you were in your passport country? (Or vice-versa if you no longer are on the field.). In SC, I enjoy meeting my friends and having lunch at a local restaurant. Watching Halmark and baking goodies with ingredients that are easy to find.

    8. What do you enjoy doing on Saturday morning?
    Sometimes I get up and go to my friend’s house and we go to the local big fruit/farmers market.
    9. Today, what’s the weather like where you are? Raining. We are in the rainy season.

    10. When do you tend to go to bed?10:10:30 pm

    1. Amy Young October 12, 2018

      Patty, 4 a.m.? Wow, that’s early :). But I understand that if you need to do it for work, it’s what you do! Thanks for letting us peek into your day!

  6. Michele October 11, 2018

    1. Where do you live?
    Kathmandu, Nepal
    2. What time does daily life start for locals in your area? What time does it start for you?
    People get up around 5 or 6,some later… But they take mornings slow usually and start work or open shop around 10, even later sometimes when it’s cold. I am up by 6 usually, but in winter I find it hard to get out of bed before 7.
    3. This is related to next week’s Book Club, do you make your bed? Any strong thoughts on bedmaking?
    I do make my bed, but have zero judgment for Thomsen who don’t.
    4. Every day may be different (or horribly the same), but in general, what do you do in your daily life?
    My assignment in Nepal is to pray, so I generally spend a 5 hours in or so doing that at home, walking the streets, or with groups of local and expat believers. Half the year I’m on a study visa so spend 90 minutes a day in a Nepali class and another hour or two studying nepali literature, culture and history and working on vocabulary.
    5. Do you tend to cook most of your meals? Or is local food affordable and easily accessible?
    I try to cook, but don’t have much motivation since I live alone and in my previous countries had little to no chance of it, so I lost the habit. Local food is cheap enough and better than I can make, so I do that about half the time.
    6. What do you enjoy about daily life in the culture you live in?
    I love that I almost never have to set an alarm or rush in the morning because no meeting or anything is ever going to start before 10:00.
    7. How does daily life look different for you than when you were in your passport country? (Or vice-versa if you no longer are on the field.)
    I’ve been living overseas since college, so can’t really compare it. In my previous countries I was teaching full time, so life in Nepal is very different for me that way. I’ve learned to slow down and I have a lot more flexibility.
    8. What do you enjoy doing on Saturday morning?
    Saturday is church day in Nepal since Sunday is a working day.
    9. Today, what’s the weather like where you are?
    It’s in the upper sixties this morning and cloudy. I’m hoping it will clear up because I have a team here that I’m taking for some prayer walking.
    10. When do you tend to go to bed?
    It varies quite a bit… Anywhere from 9:00 to 11:30.

    1. Amy Young October 12, 2018

      Michele, how long have you been in Nepal? (and can I say that I’m impressed you can pray for 5 hours a day? I wish I could, I fear if that were my assignment, I’d be a total failure 🙂 . . . isn’t it beautiful God calls us to different things!!

  7. Spring October 12, 2018

    I loved hearing about your daily life Amy. And I love your honesty especially about cooking. 🙂 It really isn’t my “thing” either but I have been required. I really wish I could have some of your morning excitement!

    1. Where do you live? Belize, CA, about an hour away from the Mexican border. We like to go to Mexico to shop 🙂

    2. What time does daily life start for locals in your area?7-8 What time does it start for you? It depends on how I am feeling/how I”ve slept. I actually usually don’t get out of bed until 9am. I like to spend my devotional time in bed. I also feel tired/groggy when I wake up.

    3. This is related to next week’s Book Club, do you make your bed? well we currently have mattresses on the floor. We have a tiny room, so we lift up the mattresses during the day. That isn’t really “making” the bed but it isn’t just leaving it either. Any strong thoughts on bed making? No, but I do enjoy doing it for myself. When I first was at home with my daughter, I read something about how bed making is a great start to your day.

    4. Every day may be different (or horribly the same), but in general, what do you do in your daily life? My main “job” is homeschooling, and home making, which mostly involves cleaning and working with my kids. I also am the communication person in our family. I write blogs, and the newsletter. I also am the one who does the bulk of the cooking

    5. Do you tend to cook most of your meals? I cook dinner every day. Breakfast and Lunch is “fend for yourself” based on what we have. Most local food is cheap but so unhealthy.

    6. What do you enjoy about daily life in the culture you live in? I enjoy the fact that it’s a warm culture. They go at a slower pace and value relationships

    7. How does daily life look different for you than when you were in your passport country? (Or vice-versa if you no longer are on the field.)
    Well in my passport country, I have the abiltiy to work outside the home. Here it is rare, and something I really miss. Otherwise, life is pretty much the same

    8. What do you enjoy doing on Saturday morning?
    I like to sleep in! That and we have breakfast as a family.
    9. Today, what’s the weather like where you are? hot and humid.

    10. When do you tend to go to bed?10-12 pm depending on the day and activities

    1. Amy Young October 12, 2018

      I love these snapshots of daily life too :)! And with kiddos, you can’t “give up” cooking :), so blessings on you! I do think of how different that part of my life would be if I had had kids!

  8. Dana October 12, 2018

    1. Where do you live? In a medium-sized city on the west coast of Mexico

    2. What time does daily life start for locals in your area? What time does it start for you? A lot of people get up early for work/school, but a lot of shops & such don’t open until 9 or 10am.

    3. This is related to next week’s Book Club, do you make your bed? Any strong thoughts on bedmaking? I don’t make my bed, but our househelper makes it 3x/week and changes the sheets weekly. I don’t really have any feelings about it either way.

    4. Every day may be different (or horribly the same), but in general, what do you do in your daily life? I’m mostly a stay-at-home-mom. I homeschool 7th grade and the younger 3 kids get out of school in the early afternoon, so our afternoons are homework/naps/dinner prep/visitors/errands/etc.

    5. Do you tend to cook most of your meals? Or is local food affordable and easily accessible? We will grab breakfast our lunch out fairly often as there are inexpensive and healthy options available, like fruit smoothies and little mom & pops kitchens. I do make a family dinner every night, though. Our younger two children have only been living with us for about 9 months and going out to restaurants can be a challenging experience for everyone.

    6. What do you enjoy about daily life in the culture you live in? I like how friendly people are, and how safe I feel here. I like how laid-back things are, although admittedly it has taken some time for me to get used to that.

    7. How does daily life look different for you than when you were in your passport country? (Or vice-versa if you no longer are on the field.) My daily life doesn’t include spending time w/family members, and that I deeply miss. We’re also in the tropics, which is drastically different weather than where I used to live.

    8. What do you enjoy doing on Saturday morning? My husband makes breakfast and hangs out with the kids, I sleep in and take a long shower!

    9. Today, what’s the weather like where you are? It was hot, sunny and humid.

    10. When do you tend to go to bed? Between 12am-1am.

    1. Amy Young October 12, 2018

      Dana, thanks for sharing! With kids that are new to your family, I can imagine that it is much easier to eat at home for this season 🙂

  9. Tamie October 12, 2018

    1. Where do you live? Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

    2. What time does daily life start for locals in your area? What time does it start for you? Call to prayer just before 5am. That’s when I’m up too.

    3. This is related to next week’s Book Club, do you make your bed? Any strong thoughts on bedmaking? Never. Ever. We only sleep with a light sheet anyway, and it just stays scrunched up on the bed. (I’ve heard such great things about Tish Harrison Warren’s book, by the way!)

    4. Every day may be different (or horribly the same), but in general, what do you do in your daily life? I have one kid at school, and a toddler at home. In between them I do a bit of writing (http://www.fixinghereyes.org/read-all/author/Tamie-Davis; https://meetjesusatuni.com/) and a bit of language study.

    5. Do you tend to cook most of your meals? Or is local food affordable and easily accessible? Yes, I cook. I like it. Generally I do a big cook up on Mondays and freeze the weeks meals and school lunches, etc.

    6. What do you enjoy about daily life in the culture you live in? I like that I never feel cold because it is always hot! And I love Tanzanian fashion and wearing Tanzanian clothes.

    7. How does daily life look different for you than when you were in your passport country? (Or vice-versa if you no longer are on the field.) I’m on a dependent visa here, so a big difference is that I’m limited in work or formal ministry. Sometimes we stop and ask ourselves, ‘How did we end up in such traditional gender roles?’ but the visa requirements have left us little choice.

    8. What do you enjoy doing on Saturday morning? When my hubby’s home we make chapatis, which are kind of like a Tanzanian tortilla. He rolls them, I flip them. We put the kids in front of a screen and we listen to a podcast or chat.

    9. Today, what’s the weather like where you are? It’s ‘mild’ at the moment, which means you only sweat through two outfits in a day!

    10. When do you tend to go to bed? 8pm, cos I know I’ll be up before the sun!

    1. Amy Young October 12, 2018

      Oh man, I’d be in bed that early too if I had to be up by 5 every day! And visa and their impact on gender roles, there is a whole lot to explore there, eh? Now you’ve got my wheels turning!

  10. Bayta Schwarz October 12, 2018

    1. Where do you live? Berlin/Germany
    2. What time does daily life start for locals in your area? What time does it start for you?
    Schools start at 8, but our team never really has any meetings before 9:30. Phew! So I tend to get back around 7/7:30.
    3. This is related to next week’s Book Club, do you make your bed? Any strong thoughts on bedmaking? Pretty much every day. No strong feelings, but since I only have a small, one-bedroom apartment (and work from home a lot), I feel an unmade bed makes the whole place look really messy.
    4. Every day may be different (or horribly the same), but in general, what do you do in your daily life?
    It’s very seasonal but right now, it’s a lot of prep work (i.e. lost f time in front of the computer). Next week I’ll get out again, to lead some training 😊
    5. Do you tend to cook most of your meals? Or is local food affordable and easily accessible?
    Mostly cook my own meals. Going out for a meal is a bit of a treat.
    6. What do you enjoy about daily life in the culture you live in?
    I’m a city girl through and through, and I love being in a place that is so international, and where there is so much to do and discover!
    7. How does daily life look different for you than when you were in your passport country? (Or vice-versa if you no longer are on the field.) One of the big differences is that I’m on public transport, rather than in my car. Great because I get so much reading done, but sometimes I miss escaping into the bubble of a car. Here, “life” is always in my face…
    8. What do you enjoy doing on Saturday morning? No alarm clock going off (woohoo!), and then a slow morning with good coffee.
    9. Today, what’s the weather like where you are? Crazy warm for October! Around 25C/77C – which is more like July weather! And glorious sunshine! Pretty amazing!
    10. When do you tend to go to bed? Around midnight.

    1. Amy Young October 12, 2018

      I have to say, the weather this week has been a delight as I’m visiting your fair country :)! And I can see how making a bed makes a difference in a small space :). When my apartment was only two rooms, I always made my bed!!!

    2. Phyllis October 13, 2018

      Ah, “the bubble of a car.” Thank you for giving me words for it. That’s something that felt so weird to me when we visited the USA. Church and other events end so abruptly when everyone gets into their bubbles.

      1. Bayta Schwarz October 13, 2018

        So true! Last night I was out with friends, and on the way home, most of us started out on the same bus and then little by little, people “peeled off”, changing to different buses or trains. It was so fun still sharing part of the journey home!

  11. Jill October 12, 2018

    1. Where do you live? Chachoengsao, Thailand

    2. What time does daily life start for locals in your area? What time does it start for you? I think most Thai’s are up around 6am to cook food before kids go to school. But right now, I wake up between 7 and 7:30am.

    3. This is related to next week’s Book Club, do you make your bed? Any strong thoughts on bedmaking? I don’t make my bed, but I wish I did. The room looks so much prettier with a made bed! My Grandma forced my mom to make her bed everyday, and so my mom in turn did not force me to. If I ever have kids, I will likely force them to make their beds. 🙂

    4. Every day may be different (or horribly the same), but in general, what do you do in your daily life? I spend some days visiting church members with our pastor. I teach some English, I hang our with my 12 year old friend Jin, playing piano or baking something (she likes making egg tarts).

    5. Do you tend to cook most of your meals? Or is local food affordable and easily accessible? Food is accessible and affordable, but I still end up eating at home most of the time. It’s a culture where people mostly eat together, so I always feel a bit awkward going places to eat on my own.

    6. What do you enjoy about daily life in the culture you live in? I like how people do life together. We have a small church, but people are there at the church building most days. They just seem to hangout there, and do life together. They are a big family, and I love that about Thai culture.

    7. How does daily life look different for you than when you were in your passport country? I used to have more of a routine. I liked going to an office everyday, having lots of people to talk to and work with. I both like the freedom of an unstructured routine, but miss it as well.

    8. What do you enjoy doing on Saturday morning? Saturday morning is a work day for me. Mondays are my day off. I like to sleep in, read, maybe go to a pool for a swim, sit at Starbucks, or eat pizza with friends. (Well, pizza is maybe at noon, or the evening. But I’m not opposed to eating pizza for breakfast 🙂

    9. Today, what’s the weather like where you are? It is sunny, and hot. 33/92 right now. Most days we have a chance of thunderstorms, but not today!

    10. When do you tend to go to bed? I go to bed between 9:30 & 11. I’m trying to get in the habit of going to bed earlier and getting up earlier, but haven’t been successful yet.

    1. Amy Young October 12, 2018

      Hey Jill! I had to smile at how one generation responds to another :). My mom likes to have only one light on in a room (well, that’s how it feels to me), so my sisters and I joke we were raised in a cave. All three of us like to have many lights on! I have a feeling my nieces will swing back to “less light” in the name of the environment 🙂

  12. Ida October 12, 2018

    1. Where do you live? (Some are in sensitive areas, it’s okay to say “a small town” or “the desert” or “The Middle East.” You know your parameters, use your limitation to be clever!
    a city in Africa
    2. What time does daily life start for locals in your area? What time does it start for you?
    It depends on their work but things don’t seem to get moving until 7 or 8 am. I start my day around 5:45am! I’m a morning person 🙂
    3. This is related to next week’s Book Club, do you make your bed? Any strong thoughts on bedmaking?
    Mostly no. My husband is usually still sleeping when I get up.
    4. Every day may be different (or horribly the same), but in general, what do you do in your daily life?
    In general, I teach English, but I am also learning the language of my students and people I live among. I spend time growing in friendship with amazing women and sharing my Hope with them as we do life together.
    5. Do you tend to cook most of your meals? Or is local food affordable and easily accessible?
    I do a lot of cooking, but we can also very cheaply eat local food. Cooking often depends on if the power goes out or not haha.
    6. What do you enjoy about daily life in the culture you live in?
    Learning and using a new language. The fact that everyone drinks coffee and it’s really good.
    7. How does daily life look different for you than when you were in your passport country? (Or vice-versa if you no longer are on the field.)
    Here, life moves at a slower pace, and it’s more people oriented than time oriented. We walk to a little shop to buy 5 gallon jugs of water since we can’t drink what comes from the tap. More power outages than I used to experience back in the States. I get to do my favorite things every day here for a job, not like my 9-5 back in my passport country.
    8. What do you enjoy doing on Saturday morning?
    Running. Art with my local friends. Coffee.
    9. Today, what’s the weather like where you are?
    Hot. Sadly, rainy season is over 🙁
    10. When do you tend to go to bed?
    I try to be in bed by 9 or 9:30pm.

    1. Amy Young October 12, 2018

      High five to a fellow morning person :)! I love seeing, Ida, how you get to do what you love. Love that.

  13. Karen October 12, 2018

    . Where do you live? (Some are in sensitive areas, it’s okay to say “a small town” or “the desert” or “The Middle East.” You know your parameters, use your limitation to be clever!)
    In about four different places! More and more, I feel like I’m missing “something” if I don’t have a ticket to my next destination in my pocket.

    2. What time does daily life start for locals in your area? What time does it start for you?
    They start at different times in different places. For me, about 6-7 am, depending on when I went to bed.

    3. This is related to next week’s Book Club, do you make your bed? Any strong thoughts on bedmaking?
    Do not make my bed. It would be nice if I could become someone who took care of my house, but that doesn’t seem to be happening.

    4. Every day may be different (or horribly the same), but in general, what do you do in your daily life?
    Coach others in language/culture learning, and teach kids.

    5. Do you tend to cook most of your meals? Or is local food affordable and easily accessible?
    I like to cook, but local food is affordable, so I buy take-out unless I have guests, or I suddenly have a lot of time on my hands (not often).

    6. What do you enjoy about daily life in the culture you live in?
    That people take time for each other, and that meals last for hours.

    7. How does daily life look different for you than when you were in your passport country? (Or vice-versa if you no longer are on the field.)
    In many, many ways!

    8. What do you enjoy doing on Saturday morning?
    Work. Mondays are my day off, and I often end up catching up on sleep. Or, lay in bed, reading a novel, and falling asleep every few chapters.

    9. Today, what’s the weather like where you are?
    Raining. Wondering if/when the rainy season will ever end.

    10. When do you tend to go to bed?
    About 9:30 pm.

    1. Amy Young October 12, 2018

      Karen, ah the comfort of a ticket in your pocket :). How much of the year are you “home” — and I love that you coach and help people live well where they are!

  14. Karen Huber October 12, 2018

    1. Where do you live?
    A leafy suburb of Dublin, Ireland. Just close enough to the city to feel like we live in it, but far enough away that we have green space and quiet nights.
    2. What time does daily life start for locals in your area? What time does it start for you?
    We’re late-ish risers in our house.  We usually drag ourselves out of bed between 7:30 and 8. Dublin work culture is a bit more time-oriented, but overall I think we’re all a bit chill about when our day starts.
    3. This is related to next week’s Book Club, do you make your bed? Any strong thoughts on bedmaking?
    I am a terrible homemaker but the one thing I do every day is make my bed. For some reason, it just brings a little bit of tidy sanity to my life. And keeps me from wanting to get back in it.
    4. Every day may be different (or horribly the same), but in general, what do you do in your daily life?
    In my daily life, I’m a mum, wife, writer and – now – a student. Yikes! Also, a laundrette.
    5. Do you tend to cook most of your meals? Or is local food affordable and easily accessible?
    Thankfully, I have a good cook of a husband. We mostly eat at home, but treat ourselves every other Friday to pizza delivery.
    6. What do you enjoy about daily life in the culture you live in?
    We enjoy the flexible, holistic and people-oriented culture. It’s not uncommon to have a conversation with a friend in the middle of the street – and to have motorists wait politely and quietly for you to finish. I love how often we’re outside, hearing the children play in the school yard across the road, chatting with librarians and baristas and neighbours… my family thriving abroad is really my main work, and I’ve grown to love it.
    7. How does daily life look different for you than when you were in your passport country? (Or vice-versa if you no longer are on the field.)
    My day looks remarkably similar.
    8. What do you enjoy doing on Saturday morning?
    Saturday mornings are for lie-ins! Kids are on breakfast duty and we’re hunkered in bed with coffee and reading.
    9. Today, what’s the weather like where you are?
    Today was just our average Irish day: cloudy, windy, rainy, sunny, mild, and chilly.
    10. When do you tend to go to bed?
    Midnight, because I’m a glutton for punishment.

    1. Amy Young October 12, 2018

      The green sounds lovely! The cloudy rain, not so much :). But I know they go hand in hand. Yay to being a student in this season! and solidarity to being a laundrette in perpetuity 🙂

    2. Bayta Schwarz October 12, 2018

      Your description of Irish weather cracked me up 🙂 And from my (admittedly somewhat limited) experience, it’s accurate pretty much every single day of the year…

  15. Hannah October 12, 2018

    1. Where do you live? I live on a beautiful little island off the coast of East Africa

    2. What time does daily life start for locals in your area? What time does it start for you? Daily life for most locals starts at the first call to prayer, sometime between 4am and 5am, but many people go back to sleep until mid morning. I try to get up around 6:30 so I can have some quiet time and start my day off well.

    3. This is related to next week’s Book Club, do you make your bed? Any strong thoughts on bedmaking? I was never a bed-maker until I got married about a year ago. My husband could care less about the bed being made, but I have learned that making my bed actually helps keep me sane. When nothing else goes right during the day, at least my bed is made and I accomplished at least SOMETHING.

    4. Every day may be different (or horribly the same), but in general, what do you do in your daily life? It really does depend on the day. I have language school twice a week for three hours, I teach a bible study in a rural area on Wednesday afternoons, we try to go to the gym at least a couple times a week. We have team meetings on some days. Some days are outreach days, some days are logistical days, some days we teach seminars in local churches. Some days we actually take a day off and go to the beach. But right now the only constant thing is the lack of consistency. And I don’t really see that changing. But I’m ok with it now.

    5. Do you tend to cook most of your meals? Or is local food affordable and easily accessible? I cook as often as I have the time and energy to do so. There is very little premade/processed/packaged food available, and there is no one-stop shop here, so grocery shopping is a mission in and of itself. The combination of shopping, cooking, and dishes could very easily consume my whole life, so we eat out fairly often. Local food is very cheap and we love what is available, so we probably eat our about 60% of the time. Except breakfast. I always cook breakfast.

    6. What do you enjoy about daily life in the culture you live in? To be honest, the culture is tough a lot of the time. Most plans fall through and people tend to be very flaky (according to my western mentality, at least,) so I’m learning to go with the flow and be ok most plans getting cancelled at the last minute. I think one of my favorite things has been seeing myself grow through the challenges. I love being able to understand the conversations going on around me and being able to engage in conversation, if even at a very basic level as I tackle a new language. I love that the local people here are excited when I speak with them in their mother tongue.

    7. How does daily life look different for you than when you were in your passport country? (Or vice-versa if you no longer are on the field.) This one is tough because I moved to Zambia when I was 21, so I never really had a normal adult life in my passport country. Grocery stores, fast food, and the English language are probably the biggest differences.

    8. What do you enjoy doing on Saturday morning? Saturday mornings are for sleeping in and spending quality time with my husband. Unless we have ministry plans for that Saturday. Then we get up and get rolling like any other day.

    9. Today, what’s the weather like where you are? The weather is super sunny, very warm and humid. But it looks like it could rain a little later.

    10. When do you tend to go to bed? If I could have my way, I’d be in bed by 10. Usually its closer to 11 though.

    1. Amy Young October 12, 2018

      Thanks for the snapshot Hannah :). And I agree . . .sometimes when life feels very out of control, a made bed (or picked up piles!) helps me to feel more settled internally 🙂

      1. Bayta Schwarz October 12, 2018

        My version of that is always doing my ironing on a Sunday night. Even if life is a bit crazy and feels somewhat out of control, that’s my one little corner of predictability 🙂

  16. Lindsey Trusler October 12, 2018

    1. Where do you live? Johannesburg, South Africa

    2. What time does daily life start for locals in your area? What time does it start for you? A lot of locals go by public transport so their day could start anywhere from 4-5AM. Me? Not a morning person! My day starts around 7 or 7:30. 🙂

    3. This is related to next week’s Book Club, do you make your bed? Any strong thoughts on bed making? YES. I cannot stand not having my bed made! Usually the first thing I do after I get up– except on Sunday, I tend to leave it unmade so I have a good excuse to crawl back in for an afternoon nap!

    4. Every day may be different (or horribly the same), but in general, what do you do in your daily life? I’m currently on maternity leave, so my daily life has changed quite a bit. Normally, I would be going to my Wycliffe office about 30 minutes away and doing work connecting with Bible translation projects throughout southern Africa. Afternoons I try and work out and many times my husband and I have church activities and hang out with people in the evenings.

    5. Do you tend to cook most of your meals? Or is local food affordable and easily accessible? YES, I love to cook! Local food is considerably cheaper than in the States and also cheaper to eat out, so we do that occasionally as well.

    6. What do you enjoy about daily life in the culture you live in? I love how relational South Africans are! It is normal to go to a braai (BBQ) and stay the whole day chatting with people. I love the value they place on staying connected with people and prioritizing family.

    7. How does daily life look different for you than when you were in your passport country? (Or vice-versa if you no longer are on the field.) My daily life isn’t so different since I live in a big city, but I do line dry clothes, which I wouldn’t do in the States and we don’t have heating or A/c, so still some big things that are different.

    8. What do you enjoy doing on Saturday morning? Sleeping in! Eating breakfast in bed, going for a walk or run. There are a lot of amazing Park Runs (free 5k throughout the city) in Jo’Burg– it’s a super active city so sometimes my husband and I will go to those.

    9. Today, what’s the weather like where you are? Sunny and perfect! 🙂

    10. When do you tend to go to bed? I like to go to bed around 11.

    1. Lindsey Trusler October 12, 2018

      Yikes! My picture went so big– sorry about that, was wanting to just put on the profile. :/

      1. Amy Young October 12, 2018

        I like seeing your picture :). But if you want, I can remove it 🙂

        1. Lindsey Trusler October 12, 2018

          Yes, please if you could remove it! ha ha couldn’t figure out how to edit the post

    2. Amy Young October 12, 2018

      Lindsey, so fun to hear about your life :)!! How long is your maternity leave? And . . . is this your first baby? Congrats 🙂

      1. Lindsey Trusler October 12, 2018

        Thanks Amy! My maternity leave is a whole 4 months!! Something else I love about SA– better maternity leave than the States 😛 and yes, our first baby! 🙂

  17. Amy Young October 12, 2018

    (Don’t you love hearing about each other’s lives?! I know I do :))

  18. Laura October 12, 2018

    1. Where do you live? Papua New Guinea
    2. What time does daily life start for locals in your area? I think most locals are up before the sun (5 or 6?). What time does it start for you? Some time between 6 and 8. I am NOT a morning person but I have two small children. 😉
    3. Do you make your bed? Any strong thoughts on bedmaking? My mom taught me to be a faithful, 100% of the time bedmaker, but now I almost never make the bed (unless there are people coming over!). My husband doesn’t care about making the bed, and he’s slowly convinced me to stop caring.
    4. Every day may be different (or horribly the same), but in general, what do you do in your daily life? My life is split between two locations, but in both locations my days are mostly filled with taking care of the children and the house and feeding the family, and trying to build relationships with locals and work on my language skills when I can.
    5. Do you tend to cook most of your meals? Or is local food affordable and easily accessible?
    Yes, I have to cook a LOT. Thankfully I enjoy cooking, although I sure do miss take out! When the dishes are piling up and I don’t know what to make for dinner, my husband and I dream of “hot and ready” pizzas from home. 🙂
    6. What do you enjoy about daily life in the culture you live in? I love that people spend almost all of their time outside. Your house is mostly for sleeping and storing your stuff, so everyone is outside or in public spaces for most of the day. We have a more normal Western house, but we do have a veranda where we spend a lot of our time. I love the focus on relationships here.
    7. How does daily life look different for you than when you were in your passport country? (Or vice-versa if you no longer are on the field.)
    Everything takes more time – laundry has to be hung up to dry, all the dishes are washed by hand, food prep is a much bigger job, etc etc. I am doing a lot of the same things I did at home, but they are much bigger tasks here. Also, at home I had a car and here I walk everywhere. If someone gives us a ride somewhere (even if it’s only a 2 minute car ride), it is the highlight of my kids’ day!
    8. What do you enjoy doing on Saturday morning? I enjoy keeping the shades closed and staying in my pjs longer than usual. I can pretty much assume I won’t have any surprise guests on a Saturday morning, and there’s nowhere to go most Saturdays so we can take it easy.
    9. Today, what’s the weather like where you are? It was a beautiful dry season day with no rain and very little clouds. We’re at about 5000 feet elevation in the tropics, so our days are warm (70s or 80s) and our nights are cold (50s or 60s). I love the weather here!
    10. When do you tend to go to bed? Much later than I should! Usually between 11 and 12.

    1. Amy Young October 13, 2018

      Laura, living at that elevation does sound like ideal weather :). And I love picturing the joy of your children with the occasional car ride!!

  19. Addie October 12, 2018

    1. Where do you live?
    In a small town in rural Atlantic Canada!
    2. What time does daily life start for locals in your area? What time does it start for you?
    On weekdays, daily life starts around 8am, and around noon on weekends. Because I work in the afternoons and evenings, I sleep in and start my day after 9am 🙂
    3. This is related to next week’s Book Club, do you make your bed? Any strong thoughts on bedmaking?
    Always, because I feel like it makes my room look bigger! Plus, if my cat were to ever make a sneak entry, there’d only be cat hair on the top sheet (hopefully).
    4. Every day may be different (or horribly the same), but in general, what do you do in your daily life?
    I have the mornings off and serve as a teacher in the afternoons and evenings. I was trained as a classical violinist, so sometimes when the opportunity comes I get to travel and perform!
    5. Do you tend to cook most of your meals? Or is local food affordable and easily accessible?
    I cook every meal – unfortunately the food here seems very bland to me, and the only eat-out options are fast food chains, which are more expensive in this region.
    6. What do you enjoy about daily life in the culture you live in?
    I like that it moves at a slower pace than in the cities – people seem to have more time to show respect and to have deeper conversations more often.
    7. How does daily life look different for you than when you were in your passport country?
    While I do enjoy the slow pace, I also find it quite isolating here. Things like grocery shopping, fitness classes, and transportation are hard to come by! My town is also covered in snow and below freezing for half of the year, which I’m not used to!
    8. What do you enjoy doing on Saturday morning?
    I have to work in the mornings, but after that I like hanging out at the one coffee shop we have in town 🙂
    9. Today, what’s the weather like where you are?
    Cold – winter is coming 🙁
    10. When do you tend to go to bed?
    Around 10 or 11pm!

    1. Amy Young October 13, 2018

      Addie, I love how we are all called to such different lives! Working in the evening would not work all that well with my natural rhythms :), I’m glad it’s such a good fit for you! And a classical violinist?! I’m a bit envious of your talent :)! (In a good way!)

  20. Nancy M October 12, 2018

    1. Where do you live? (Some are in sensitive areas, it’s okay to say “a small town” or “the desert” or “The Middle East.” You know your parameters, use your limitation to be clever!)
    Costa Rica

    2. What time does daily life start for locals in your area? What time does it start for you?
    daily life starts early here because the sun rises early and strong so I awaken with the sun and traffic noise, sometime between 5:30 and 6:00

    3. This is related to next week’s Book Club, do you make your bed? Any strong thoughts on bedmaking?
    I always make my bed.I love neatness and order and I can’t stand crawling into a bed that is wrinkly and lose from not being made earlier in the day

    4. Every day may be different (or horribly the same), but in general, what do you do in your daily life?
    Read my Bible, go to the gym, eat a big breakfast and then do any number of things.

    5. Do you tend to cook most of your meals? Or is local food affordable and easily accessible?
    Cook.

    6. What do you enjoy about daily life in the culture you live in?
    People are friendly so you get to know the gas station attendant, your doctors greet you with a kiss and it is just kind of homey here.

    7. How does daily life look different for you than when you were in your passport country? (Or vice-versa if you no longer are on the field.)
    Totally different. I haven’t lived long term in my passport country for 26 years. Back then i was not a mother yet and I worked in a hospital laboratory. No most of what I do is relational, spending time with people. I chose my lab career because I didn’t want to work with people. Now I love it.

    8. What do you enjoy doing on Saturday morning?
    Wash the fruits and vegetables that come from the farmers market is what i do. I never thought about doing something I enjoy. I enjoy sitting with a cup of tea and talking to the Lord when I am alone in the house. That does not happen Saturday mornings.

    9. Today, what’s the weather like where you are?
    rainy. We are in rainy season. It is sunny in the morning and rains every afternoon

    10. When do you tend to go to bed?
    10PM

    1. Amy Young October 13, 2018

      Nancy, since I got to meet you in person, it’s hard to picture you choosing a lab career to not have to interact with people as much. 🙂

  21. Grace L October 12, 2018

    1. Where do you live? East Asia, in a small rural city.

    2. What time does daily life start for locals in your area? What time does it start for you? Very seldom do I experience what time daily like starts for locals because I usually sleep until 7:30 and get my day started around 8.

    3. This is related to next week’s Book Club, do you make your bed? Any strong thoughts on bedmaking? Yes, I make our bed every morning, first thing. We have to make our bed because our bedroom doubles for our office and the factory workshop room is right outside our bedroom door. We have people in and out of our bedroom throughout the day. And we even use our bed for extra space when sorting papers or products.

    4. Every day may be different (or horribly the same), but in general, what do you do in your daily life? I start my day off slowly (even though we are running a small factory) and my husband and I usually eat breakfast at 9:30. Then we have a meeting with our factory manager in our kitchen while I prolong the sipping of my coffee. By 11 we are back upstairs working in the factory. I work closely with our manager as we plan production and do ordering of raw materials and prepare shipments. My hubby and I eat lunch from 1 to 2 pm and then work in the factory until 5:30. We will spend a couple of hours in our kitchen cooking and eating and praying together and will be back to our bedroom/office by 8 at which point we often do some more work. When we have a free evening, we enjoy watching a movie together.

    5. Do you tend to cook most of your meals? Or is local food affordable and easily accessible? We cook most of our meals at home. My hubby is a great cook and we both like to eat healthy meals. Eating out would be expensive and fattening for us.

    6. What do you enjoy about daily life in the culture you live in? I love that I get to stay home and the local women come to me. We employ 7 women from the local minority culture and I love working with them.

    7. How does daily life look different for you than when you were in your passport country? (Or vice-versa if you no longer are on the field.) It’s been so long since I have lived in my passport country that it is hard to compare. I suppose that if I lived back in the US, I would be out driving around more, shopping or visiting people. We do not have a car here and we enjoy how that helps us to live a simpler and more focused life.

    8. What do you enjoy doing on Saturday morning? Usually I sleep in a bit longer and sometimes my hubby will bring breakfast up to our room. Our employees do not work on Saturdays so I enjoy having the house to ourselves. It’s the only time of the week that I am really able to do some other projects around the house.

    9. Today, what’s the weather like where you are? The temperature is around 60 F and it is supposed to rain later today.

    10. When do you tend to go to bed? Somewhere between 11:30 and 12:30. I am a night owl and like the peace and quiet of the late evening to do my journaling and catch up on some emails.

    1. Amy Young October 13, 2018

      Grace! So lovely to hear from you :)! I love picturing you in the factory, working with and loving on the employees. And yes to enjoying the quiet nooks of the day!

  22. Kiera Duncan October 13, 2018

    1. Where do you live? We have been in northern California a little over a year after 11 years in China.

    2. What time does daily life start for locals in your area? What time does it start for you? For me, the day starts between 6 and 6:30, depending on when the kids wake up. For locals? It’s hard to say….one thing that I have discovered is different in America is that you never really know much about what your neighbours are doing. It’s very quiet.

    3. This is related to next week’s Book Club, do you make your bed? Any strong thoughts on bedmaking? My husband likes the bed made, so he often does it. After 8 years of marriage, he has me in the habit now of seeing the bed made, so if he hasn’t been able to before he leaves for the day, I will usually do it. Left to my own devises though, I’m not sure…I mean, I’m just going to get back in it and mess it up again. 😉

    4. Every day may be different (or horribly the same), but in general, what do you do in your daily life? Life is fairly similar day to day. My daughter is in school (1st grade) and then I have my almost 1 year old at home. I watch a friend’s son who is about 18 months 3 days a week, so I do a lot of playing with toys.

    5. Do you tend to cook most of your meals? Or is local food affordable and easily accessible? Yes, I cook almost all our meals. America is expensive! When we lived in China, we used to eat out about once a week, usually on the weekend.

    6. What do you enjoy about daily life in the culture you live in? Like Amy, I do not take for granted the blue sky, sunshine, green grass and trees etc. of my current setting. I also live a few minutes from the Pacific Ocean, which I appreciate whenever I see it.

    7. How does daily life look different for you than when you were in your passport country? (Or vice-versa if you no longer are on the field.) People are so spread out here that it’s an ongoing adjustment to not see hardly anyone if I am home or around the house all day. I also drive now which is a big change from being on the field – I really liked the public transportation. Grocery shopping is very different as I used to walk to the store and bought food for a few days at a time. Now I do one big shop each week and am driving to stores.

    8. What do you enjoy doing on Saturday morning? My husband likes to make baked oatmeal for the family. I sometimes “sleep in” (a.k.a. wake up and feed the baby and then go back to bed). My daughter (who is 6) likes to dress up, sing and put on shows in the mornings.

    9. Today, what’s the weather like where you are? In Northern California, near the coast, we get our summer weather around now – September and October, so it’s been warm and sunny lately.

    10. When do you tend to go to bed? 11 pm most nights. I try not to make it much later.

    1. Amy Young October 13, 2018

      Kiera, I love getting a snapshot of your current life :). And I bet you are awesome to play toys with! :). (But I can also imagine that it can be a bit mind-numbing. Tis a season, right?). Like you, the ways that life in America is so compartmentalized, it still odd. I want to know more about what is going on in my neighbors’ lives or people from church. Instead, my life feels less integrated now — mostly this makes me sad (but part of me also enjoys not having everyone know everything, if I’m honest)

      1. Kiera Duncan October 14, 2018

        Yeah, recently I have been outside with the boys in the backyard and one of my neighbours has been out working in their yard. The boys can hear them, so they are peeking through the cracks in the fence to see them. My neighbours are right there on the other side of the fence, but I don’t know who they are and the fence is too high to see over. I find it a little awkward not to really talk or acknowlege each other when we’re like 6 inches apart…but with a fence between us.

        Another example, recently my husband was away in D.C. with his 8th graders. At the same time, my upstairs neighbours (who we rent from) were all away. I felt very isolated, even though I realized that technically there are neighbours in the houses all around me. But I don’t know any of them, I almost never see them. We live very inside our houses here, even when there is no excuse like cold weather (or overly hot weather either) to keep us indoors. …Very different after living so many years in China with so many more people around all the time.

  23. Cath Wallis October 14, 2018

    1. Where do you live?
    Kasempa, Zambia

    2. What time does daily life start for locals in your area? What time does it start for you?
    Locals get up at dawn, I’m usually woken by my 2½year old at 6:00.

    3. This is related to next week’s Book Club, do you make your bed? Any strong thoughts on bedmaking?
    Yes, I make our bed, make my 2½year olds bed, and straighten my 5½ year olds bed so he can make it himself. I think it’s good to straighten the bed out, but I’m not overly fussy on how neat it is!

    4. Every day may be different (or horribly the same), but in general, what do you do in your daily life? Get up and get the kids up and dressed. Have breakfast as a family. Go to work in the local hospital for the morning. Come home for a late lunch. Get the boys to have some quiet down time after lunch in the heat of the day. Try and find things to do with the boys in the afternoon – we swim a lot. Cook food for our evening meal. Eat together as a family, then get the boys to bed. Clean up, prepare for the next day, do chores I can’t do with littlies around. Go to bed.

    5. Do you tend to cook most of your meals? Or is local food affordable and easily accessible?
    I fix lunch and cook dinner, my husband makes breakfast. We can get fried chicken, nshima (corn porridge) and greens locally. It’s tasty but there’s no variety, so we only go out to eat it every few months!

    6. What do you enjoy about daily life in the culture you live in?
    We eat all our meals together as a family. People here are much more friendly, (although it takes time to get to know people on a deep level.) It’s a beautiful part of the world. People are much more forgiving of mistakes – it’s a much more relational culture.

    7. How does daily life look different for you than when you were in your passport country?
    My commute is shorter – I walk to work rather than drive for an hour. Everything else takes longer -whether it’s boiling a kettle of water, cooking rice, changing a diaper, buying groceries, whatever. But then there’s more time to greet the people you pass along the way.

    8. What do you enjoy doing on Saturday morning?
    I enjoy sleeping in, reading a book and going for a swim. What I actually do is look after two small boys and catch up on chores that didn’t get done in the week – usually laundry and washing dishes.

    9. Today, what’s the weather like where you are?
    Hot (36 Deg C) and dry. Starting to see a few clouds that hint that the rains might come again in a few weeks time.

    10. When do you tend to go to bed?
    By 10pm

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