Sunday, January 25, 2009

Happy New Year...! (Lunar Calendar)

Whew..! What a week.! We survived a 13 hour plane ride and setting up house and a 1 1/2 hour commute on the subway to get to church. All of the above worked out well. We feel like newly weds that are setting up house with cardboard boxes for night stands, an itty bitty kitchen, small closets and the bare necessities of life. Here are some pic's of our week in a glance........

This is our neighborhood. Not exactly Butte, MT, but the big building at the end of the road is a 4-story department store with resturants. If Mary needs a shopping fix, she only has to walk a block. There is also Stone Cold Ice cream and McDonalds on this same street to fix those other things that need fixing.

Here's the view from our apt. We live on the 30th floor of the "Royal Palace Houseville". Kind of makes you dizzy to look down and our ears pop going up and down the elevator.

Korean custom is to take your shoes off at the door. Our apartment came with slippers to slide on...!

Here are some pic's of our apartment. Don't let Lyle in the kitchen fool you. He still doesn't cook. And neither do I..! Koreans do most of their cooking on the stove top and they eat out a lot. Thus it's common to have no oven nor a lot of storage space.

We really like the toliet. There are a whole assortment of options for flushing and bum cleaning. The seat is always heated.

The shower also has a menu of options. We love the shower.

We took the subway today to get to church. It was a little scary because we barely knew how to use the subway. It was a bit of an adventure and we made it with no wrong turns. Lyle kept having trouble with the ticket machines. For the first time in my life, the machines liked me better.

The English speaking branch has between 80 and 100 that attend. They come from Africa, Philippines, New Zealand, Korea and the USA. It felt good to be around members and have them understand us. Since we can't speak or understand or read, we've truly felt deaf and dumb at times. But most Koreans can understand English and we've really had no trouble getting around, asking directions or getting help purchasing things. We
even made a Costco run!

This week is the Happy New Year (Lunar Calendar) holiday in Korea. Come celebrate with us...! We miss you all. Get yourselves a web cam and call us on gmail.

Annyong-hi kashipshio

Mary and Lyle

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Winterton Farewell

Here are a few pictures from the going away party that the Andrews threw Lyle and Mary. I told Mary that I (Tammy) would post these for her for free this time, next time she wouldn't be able to afford me. It's not like she has anything else to do! LOL.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

New Years Resolutions!?

My New Years Resolutions is to maintain this blog for 2009. So here is my post, it has been so long I have forgotten what little expertice I once had carried in my brain. So, here I sit at Tammy's house in the remedial class for blogger flunkies. Here's the funny part, I am the only student.

The difficult lesson of how to hold a mouse was all I could handle for lesson #1 before I became bleery eyed.