Sunday, December 14, 2008

Living Overseas

Living overseas is very educational! Mommy wants me to be very smart (and well-versed in toilet paper use), so that's why we're over here in Africa...

Today Ms. Heidi shares some of the things she's learned. Mommy says she can most definitely relate - she hasn't unpacked her hair dryer once in the past year or so - it's too complicated to find a transformer to plug it into...

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Things I’ve learned from living overseas:

  1. Wad it, roll it, stuff it, or glue it, but ALWAYS have toilet paper on your person.
  2. Eat all the beef jerky and Sam’s Choice peanut butter cups you can while in the states because you’re going to miss them.
  3. Hairstyles vary widely outside of your own country; therefore, forego packing the hair dryer and stash some chocolate instead. Or a book in a language you can actually read.
  4. Bribe, plead, threaten, or beg, but ALWAYS have the doctor prescribe Phenergan. For the kids. To knock them out on 30 hour plane trips.
  5. If that doesn’t work, you can take it yourself. Someone’s got to have some relief.
  6. It looks glamorous on TV or at church services. In real life it’s not.
  7. Sometimes that ever-present toilet paper comes in handy as a nose plug. Especially in confined places and Squatty Potties.
  8. Internet is one of the greatest things known to mankind.
  9. God has a sense of humor. Okay, I probably suspected this while in the states, but overseas living has confirmed it.
  10. In spite of the Phenergan moments, being in the center of God’s will is absolutely the most exciting and rewarding adventure you will ever have. Albeit sometimes stinky….

About Heidi: I am the mother of three, wife of one, and a cross culture worker, currently living in Asia. I blog about life overseas, faith, kids, and yes, squatty potties at www.momsministryandmore.blogspot.com I’d love to have you visit me!

18 comments:

Z's Mom said...

Ha!!! What great insight! I love it!

I've never heard of Phenergan....but it sounds wonderful!!! I wonder if we can get it for shorter trips.....hmmmm....

Stonefox (otherwise known as Heidi) said...

Thanks for having me here today! I'm leaving the real wisdom up to you to pass on (but I daresay I wish I had known about the chocolate deprivation and the toilet paper need before that first trip.) :)

Smelling Coffee said...

We love Heidi. Thanks for having her as a guest today. May the Lord bless you and your family... Jennifer

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Shara said...

Thanks for the heads up on the toilet paper. I will remember that the next time I visit. =)

Prasti said...

LOL-squatty potties:) i grew up for half of my childhood in indonesia so i know what she's talking about. you have to at least try it once...or not.

Kerri said...

I remember the toilet paper days...this is toilet paper?, I have to PAY for it?, the "place your feet" here imprints in Turkey, the "how does this toilet work" discussions to myself as I try to figure it out. But you know what, I wouldn't trade those experiences for anything -- and I saved my 220 hair dryer for when I return overseas!

♥ Somebody Loved ♥ said...

Thanks for the heads-up on TP.
If I ever travel (can't imagine I will live overseas) overseas I will have stashes everywhere.

Phenergan: My daughter Yvette is deathly allergic... like we are talking grand maul seizures. Not good. Thank heavens I did not find this out when she was Esme's age... it would have killed her. We were 15 before we found out the hard way. (This medication is prescription only in the USA)

ToOdLeS.ShEiLa

CristyLynn said...

Wow! That's hilarious! I love your list, and can relate so much.
Have a great day!

Heather of the EO said...

Such a funny post. I love how your last point speaks of the beauty in God's plan even if it sometimes stinks.
I'm off to check out your blog :)

Rachel said...

LOL about the Sam's Choice Reese Cups. My Sister-In-Law is addicted to those. I didn't know that her secret of "the best reese cups are the Sam's reese cups" was well-known!

Patty Wysong said...

I agree about the tp!! Don't leave home without it! *grin* I learned that the hard way--and never forgot! LoL

Le laquet said...

Having spent 3 months in Botswana as part of my degree course I am so with you on the loo roll thing - or better still baby wipes!

dani said...

love it... as i pop a miniature reese's cup into my mouth:b leave the dryer take the pb cup!!!
love,
dani

Scribbit said...

I'm cringing at the idea of always having tp :)

perilloparodies said...

Okay, Love this post!!! thank you!!! I can relate to many of these!!! Big Sigh... blessings to you and your family. and Happy Holy-days!!! :-) i am still giggling............. :-)

thedomesticfringe said...

I'm going to have to get some of that Phenergan...sounds like good stuff. Heidi is always great and this post is no exception.
-FringeGirl

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Good tips, Heidi, but then again, I expected as much from you. You are a treasure everytime I read. Whether laughter or tears, you always spark my emotion and force my notice.

peace~elaine