Well, we made it to Nabire (AKA the other side of the world)! We are so excited to be here! Our team greeted us with a welcome banner and hugs. They provided meals for us for several days so that we could get our kitchen in order. Before we arrived, they moved all of our stuff from where it was being store into our house. Basically, they rock.
We’re spending this week moving into our house again. It’s a lot of work. Like, a whole lot.
Every single dish, pot, pan, and utensil in my kitchen needed to be washed after being stored for a year and a half. Nobody wants to eat off of a plate that has gecko poop on it. Nobody. So, I spent a day and a half washing dishes. Wash, dry, put away, repeat (no automatic dishwasher here). Whew! That’s a lot of dishes.
On a happy side note though, I discovered the secret to getting that baked on grease off of your pots and pans. Are you ready for it?? Here it is: Step One: pack up all of your stuff and store in a semi-cool, semi-humid room in the tropics for a year and a half. Step Two: unpack all of your stuff and discover it all needs to be washed. Step Three: Wash. For some reason, this magical formula worked to get all of that grease off with minimal scrubbing. Score!
Besides all of the dishes, pots and pans needing to be washed, every single towel, curtain, and piece of clothing that was stored also needs to be washed. I’m still working my way through all of that. With no dryer and afternoon rains, it limits how much I can get done in one day. My neighbor has graciously let me use her washing machine though, so at least I can get two loads done at once!
Also, we have needed to vacuum each piece of furniture and each rug. Every cabinet has been vacuumed free of spider webs. So, the best thing we brought back in our luggage was definitely a vacuum cleaner! They are very hard to come by here and so the one we brought from the U.S. is worth its weight in gold!! And can I tell you how satisfying it is to vacuum a couch and see how much dust comes out of it. Am I the only one who finds satisfaction in these things??
Meanwhile, we’re still getting over jet-lag. And we’re entertaining a very clingy 10-month old whose world was just flipped upside-down, and who is also still getting over jet lag.
Life will be normal again. Hopefully sooner rather than later. Right now we are exhausted and have a ton of work to do! We would appreciate your prayers!
(Sorry for the lack of photos in this post. I took some, but it won’t let me upload them.)