Archive for January, 2008

Field trip … to school

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Now that we run our own business, we therotically set our own schedule. One of the benefits of being able to set your own schedule is that you get take odd times out of your day to go do things. Today I took a field trip down to Sumner. Why you ask? To fill in for Teddy and hang out with Terese during “Donuts for Dads” day at her school. We had a fun time reading Wind in the Willows together drinking hot chocolate and eating cinnamon squares … well Terese didn’t like the cinnamon squares so I ate both. Thanks to Lisa here’s a picture:

Sticker Shock!

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

Well my hair was getting pretty long so I figured it was time to get the ol’ noggin shaved. I headed down to a hair salon close by. I walked in the door and was greeted by 4 guys sitting around not doing anything. I asked, how much would it cost to shave my head. The guy looks up at my hair like he’s analyzing how hard it would be to cut my hair, looks back down at my face and says, “$22 dollars”. What?! I asked him if he was serious, I mean it doesn’t take any skill to shave a head or anything. “Are you sure, it’s just a head shave?”, I ask. Nope they’re sure, $22 smackers! While I’m mulling over the highway robbery, some guy in the back pipes up, “Oh honey, you can do it!” What? Does he think this is my first time?

Well I wasn’t paying anyone 22 dollars to shave my head, I proceeded to storm out of the salon drive across the street to RiteAID and buy myself 19.99 hair clippers. In kenya I paid maybe 50 cents to get my head shaved, of course I also risked getting wierd diseases. In Cape Town I paid five bucks. In America … I do it myself! See below for the results.

Snow!

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

Yesterday we got our first chance to see some REAL snow. Scott and his friend Kristen picked us up on Mercer Island and we all drove up to Snoqualmie Pass to do some skate skiing. Dorothy and Troy joined us a bit later and we all got to play in the snow.
It was great to be out, though I was woefully out of shape for this.

That’s all for now!

We’re finally back…

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

So, we are back in Seattle and have finally managed to figure out how to get ourselves cell phones…the true mark of being settled! :)

We figure we’ll keep up our blog to record all our adventures stateside, but we’re going to take down the email list. If there are any non-techies out there that don’t know how to check a blog, let us know. We’d be happy to send info or, if you’d rather, make sure that it still gets emailed to you. Just let us know.

So…as a reminder, our blog is at: http://www.steudel.org/blog

We’re not sure where exactly we’ll be for the next few months, but we’re using Mercer Island, WA as home base. Our address is:

7633 SE 41st St
Mercer Island, WA 98040

and our numbers are:
Bebeth: 206.377.9309
Mark: 206.375.7244

Many thanks to all our friends and family who kept in such good contact with us while we were gone….it made us feel much closer to home!

love,
Bebeth and Mark

News From Kenya …

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

Hi All,

As you all probably know the elections in Kenya have turned ugly, accusations of rigging, tribal violence have turned what was the largest voter turnout into a saddening, sickening situation. I’ve been reading the New York Times every morning and they generally have one article on what is happening. I am also reading some blogs written by Kenyans in Kenya that give you a much better idea/view of what is going than the newspapers, especially with the Kenyan government censoring the news. This site has collected a bunch of different Kenyan blogs that give more perspective of what is happening:

http://whiteafrican.com/?p=841

It’s strange to look at some of the pictures and know that 5 months ago we were in some of those places. There are many Peace Corps volunteers out of the country for holiday and have been contacted by the Peace Corps director and told to stay where they are. Other volunteers have been congregated into safe houses (probably hotels) to ride out the violence, while others are far and safe enough at their villages but told not to move. It’s sad and scary to think that some of our Kenyan friends back home could be targeted by this senseless violence just for being from a different tribe.

Mark
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http://www.steudel.org/blog
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