I had told you that yesterday was a really tough one, but that I had been to town and picked up mail - a care package or 3 (for Christmas). One of these had some card games in, so tonight we all had dinner at David's house and we played Phase 10. It provided some much-needed moments of really good laughter. Not at the game itself, really. Just random stuff.
So we learned a few things about each other tonight. Some things, we already knew. Some were new. Some are as a result of the bad stuff (can't think of a more effective euphemism right now) happening around us.
I joked about making a list for the blog. And because my little sister teases me about my lists, I'll go ahead and make one, regardless.
- Allison gets quiet in stressful situations. She seems calm as a cucumber.
- And she has this unique gift of regular burping. It has nothing to do with stress or calmness. It's genetic, she says.
- She may not like me telling the whole world about this gift, but typical of Miss Calm, you wouldn't really be able to tell. She'd be calm about it.
- She's really very much a lady. Don't let the burping habit fool you.
- Michelle used to be a ballet dancer.
- And an ER nurse.
- Between her and Juli, they have some really funny ER stories to tell.
- Maybe the stories aren't that funny. But we thought they were. Maybe it's because of where we are right now.
- Juli also used to work in the ER.
- Being a nurse in rural Kenya is very, very different from being a nurse in a nice American hospital.
- There are infinite reasons why that's true. But it doesn't mean the Kenyan option's always worse. It's amazing what Kenyan nurses get to do.
- Michelle has a hard time getting rid of sentimental stuff. Like the dried roses from her wedding. Despite there being no room for it in her inn.
- She's very competitive at games, though.
- So much so that you may have to go through debt-counseling after playing Monopoly against her.
- Not that we'd know. We've never played Monopoly in Kipkaren.
- But Michelle has confessed that she's really that competitive.
- (She didn't use the counseling analogy, though.)
- Adele can get pretty mean during Phase 10 and skip competitive people like Michelle more times than is fair to be picking on one person.
- But Adele isn't normally mean.
- I could say lots of nice things about Adele. But that wouldn't be fair.
- Adele likes to be fair.
- Though she knows life simply isn't always fair.
- Juli has picked up a strange habit since things got bad in Kenya of saying words she wouldn't usually say.
- Not really a bad word. Just a no!-Juli-didn't-just-say-that-type word.
- Nothing that would make you question whether or not she's a really passionate follower of Christ.
- But it's a completey involuntary reaction to what's unfolding around us.
- Juli has a term for that. She can give it a fancy medical label.
- Because she knows what to call all kinds of conditions that Adele has no clue about.
- Only Michelle really understands. Since she's a FNP, too.
- Maybe Allison also understands the fancy terms. But she doesn't tell.
- Allison is very honest. She actually confessed to accidently putting down a "run" instead of a "set" while she was already on the next round. And then voluntarily redid the previous phase. So it's fair.
Strange what makes us laugh these days.
If we wouldn't laugh, we'd be crying. A lot. We've done some of that.