Tuesday, April 28, 2009
We have managed to find an unprotected wireless network and so we thought we'd post a sneaky blog to let you all know that we have moved in to our gorgeous new home... nothing was lost or broken during shipping (a mini-miracle!) and I (Nicci) am having fun 'making house'...
We feel very blessed to be here...
I will take some photos (once it no longer looks like a bomb-site!) and will be in touch again properly soon... we get our own Internet connection on Weds (hopefully!)...
Thanks for your prayers... HEAPS of love...
Sunday, April 26, 2009
I missed my husband very much - but it was a GREAT time... fantastic teaching from God's word, a chance to spend time getting to know other Christian sisters AND an opportunity for FUN!!!
On the Saturday afternoon off I was 'bullied' into signing up for the zip-wire course... 7 x 200 - 400ft wires suspended about 150 - 200ft above the ground in a Redwood forest... I thought I was going to be sick on the 1st platform - but then, against my better judgement, I actually REALLY enjoyed it!
A group of us then went to Capitola (a BEAUTIFUL seaside town) for some time on the beach, a spot of wine-tasting and some Mexican food! Yum!
3 girls in particular are DEFINITE close-friends-in-the-making... Claire, Natalie and Amanda... what a blessing to have found such lovely ladies with real hearts for Jesus so soon!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
We are now both the proud possessors of provisional Californian driving licences - we have to now book in for the practical driving test (yikes!) - and then, we can get the real thing!
Ed and I were both pretty confident before we went in, but then there were quite a few tricky questions, such that we were both VERY nervous as we stood in line to get our tests marked... but to our HUGE relief we both nailed it - each getting only 2 errors! Phew!
AND I have a happy husband! We picked up our swanky (bottom of the range - but still a significant upgrade from the fiat punto!) new car today - an Audi A4 in dark, metallic silver... very cool... let's keep everything crossed that I don't crash it!
I am off to the church women's retreat in a few hours... am looking forward to it although feeling quite nervous too... and then we move into our new apartment on Monday! We are not sure when we'll have Internet connection up and running, so apologies if you have to wait a few days for the next blog post... I'll try to include photos of our new apartment next time! Eeeeeeeek! How exciting!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I had to give my name at a cafe recently so they could call out my name when the order was ready... on the top of my receipt, they have printed: NIKLAH... Close, but no cigar...
And that's just the start... we think we speak the same language? It's similar, and we can understand each other, but there are numerous vocab differences which is a cause for great hilarity...
I have had people say 'Oh I like your pants' - triggering frantic checking that my underwear is not on show! 'Bangs' is a fringe... They have 'Faucets' in their bathrooms instead of taps and your mobile phone is your 'cell'... there are NUMEROUS examples and I am slowly learning to be my own interprtation service when I see the puzzled look in their eyes!
Monday, April 20, 2009
I mean, Ed and I are currently studying our california driving manual in preparation for our written driving test on Friday (yikes!) But it is hard to take it seriously when the introdutory message is written by a man who became the youngest ever 'Mr Universe' at age 20 and who, previously whenever his name was mentioned would spark a spontanoius 'i'll be back' in a heavy accent!
HE is the one making the rules around here! Yikes! Yikes! Yikes!
And the REALLY worrying thing is that he seems to be doing a pretty good job! Yikerdy-yikes!
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
I am also grateful to all those who are sending us mail... a hand-written envelope is met with whoops of excitment and a rush back to the apartment to greedily read the words from home... I'm afraid my brother gets the prize for 'best post yet' with his California themed home-made cd which I have been LOVING listening to this morning... might just go and put some flowers in my hair!
We LOVE YOU ALL VERY MUCH!!!!!!!!!
We ran out of the toothpaste we had brought from the uk recently and bought some out here... I thought it tasted sweet, but it wasnt until yesterday that a guy I was speaking to at the Easter lunch confirmed it... they include sugar!
I will be stocking up on uk toothpaste when we come home in June and will do my best to smuggle it back into the country!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Church was good - although much of it was conducted in the dark due to a power cut! 15 people were baptised afterwards including one gentleman in his 70's. We had some good conversations afterwards.
We were invited back to lunch with Manuel and Alice. They are a lovely couple from our church. Nicci is in the same Bible study group as Alice on Wednesdays, and will be going to the women's retreat with their daughter, Celine. They had the golf on, so we didn't miss that great finish! We felt very welcome and it was lovely to have some real fellowship on Easter Day.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Although Good Friday is not a public holiday in the US (neither is Easter Monday - I'm now kicking myself for not having delayed our trip out here until Tuesday 14th April in order to maximise the number of free days off I could have had...), it was great to be able to remember why they call it Good Friday by listening to some great songs on my iPod during the flight: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, This the Power of the Cross etc. Hallelujah! Although the disciples were probably not about to vote to call the previous day 'Good Friday' when they were in hiding on the Saturday and Jesus was dead and buried in a tomb behind a huge rock and an armed guard, knowing what we do about what happened on the Sunday, 'Good Friday' is an understatement! We're looking forward to our Easter Sunday church service where, hopefully, the same Chris who flew with me to Salt Lake yesterday will join us. We plan to meet for breakfast first at IHOP (International House of Pancakes) - sounds like it's going to be loaded with calories - but if it's for the gospel I guess we'll have to bite the bullet and tuck in.
Today started with another run, with a stop off at the gym for some light weights half way round. We feel like we've achieved, and so are trying to justify to ourselves that it's OK to slob for the rest of day and see if we can watch as much of the Masters golf as possible. So far, I haven't seen any of it - which is rather odd, since being closer to the time zone it's being played in was meant to mean it would be easier to watch!
We've put an offer in on a place to live now, (when it's confirmed, we'll send a link with a GoogleMaps satellite view) and we understand that our shipping may arrive in the next 10 days. And hopefully we'll be picking up our car and returning the rental one on Tuesday. So life is beginning to fall into place, for which we are grateful to the Lord.
A shower, and then breakfast beckons. Love to all!
Monday, April 6, 2009
I am going to give these two as gifts... Ed and I started our one on Saturday... Ed's comment was "it's delicious, but very dense... if you throw it at someone, it would probably kill them... like throwing a brick" ...not sure how I feel about that!
Sunday, April 5, 2009
House hunting began in earnest this week. Nicci started on Thursday and Friday, narrowing it down to the top two, which I looked at on Saturday. Both were on the Bay near 'Bird Island' (a nature reserve with loads of walking and biking trails). Although both are lovely, we have put in a provisional offer on the larger of the two, which has a private sun terrace area. We'll wait and see what happens. Nicci keeps quoting "do not fret, it leads only to evil" (Ps 37 v 8b)... easier said than done when you've set your heart on a place!Today we went to church again, and afterwards stopped round at Rick & Sally's to drop off a plant that we got Sally for her 70th birthday! They are a lovely couple, and have a PS3 and a full on home cinema set up with reclining leather armchairs complete with drink holders in the arm rests. Awesome! Anyway, they suggested we go for a walk around Seal Point towards Coyote Point. You pass by a little marina, and at the end you get to look across the Bay to San Francisco city and Oakland across on the East Bay. Again, the weather was wonderful. We are grateful to the Lord for an older, godly couple who have shown us real love in our first few weeks.