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?
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.
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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