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Monday, July 20, 2015

Jumanji Week

As the Subject states, this was Jumanji week mostly because of the crazy weather, but I can find some other things to relate to Jumanji... for example, crazy mosquitoes! There was a mosquito in our house, it was huge and it somehow managed too stab me through my thick sweat pants, 3 times! I Buddha palmed it to the wall in anger though and since then I haven't had problems with mosquitoes, but my calf (where it bit me) is all puffy and swollen, and it hurts!

Also, spiders! There was a massive spider crawling on Elder Lanterman's butt yesterday. Elder Connelly saw it, and almost spanked his companion right in the middle of the dworzec, but he thought better of it. So instead all four of us watched in horror as this massive spider crawled up Elder Lanterman's butt, onto his back and towards his face, before Elder Connelly finally managed to gather himself and flick it off of him.

There were actually some instances of crazy, hairy jungle-men running around this week. One in particular was during a whiteboard, there was a man just down the street from us who had overgrown hair and beard, was not wearing a shirt and was shouting at a statue of Medusa sitting on a throne in the park.

And there were MONKEYS!!!!!! And by that I do mean the Elders, haha!

Then there was the weather. We got rained out of several whiteboards this week because occasionally the sky would just open up on us. mostly it was really blazing hot though, much worse than the fourth of July. On Saturday when we were in Legnica it was so hot I literally could not think of anything other than getting a drink of water, and the episode of Spongebob where he visits Sandy's treedome, because I understood perfectly how Spongebob felt in that episode. I felt so dried out at one point I was certain that if I didn't get a drink of water soon my tongue might just disintegrate!

Then there was yesterday. Yesterday was pretty cool, because it was the second time they've held a sacrament meeting in Legnica, and it was the first time that we got to go. So we had church in wrocław then us, and the elders all hopped on a train and went to Legnica for second church! Along the way to Legnica we talked a lot about how flat Poland is, there are NO mountains... none, it freaks me out so much. And that got us talking about tornadoes and crazy weather, and how Elder Lanterman, being from Virginia, is used to those kind of crazy things. Then we had church in Legnica and it was fun, but it was swelteringly hot. Sis Carlson had a talk too, which she had to give in both meetings, heh heh, and while she was giving her talk it was so hot she literally looked like she had just gone swimming, lol.

After Legnica church we went to the dworzec to catch our train and then found it was delayed 90 minutes (by comparison, not that bad, another train on the schedule was delayed 200 minutes) So our choices were wait 90 minutes for that train, or catch the train that was only an hour later and hope our tickets would work for that one, since it's headed to the same place. We chose the second option because with that one we'd only be a little bit later getting into our apartment, and with the other one, we wouldn't get to our apartments until around 10:00. And let me just say, it was a super uncomfortable train ride. There were tons of people on it because everyone had the same idea as us, so there was no where to sit. We stood the whole way and there was a guy next to me hogging all the available space and his thigh kept bumping into mine which was super awkward, and my feet hurt really bad, it was swelteringly hot in there, and to cap it all, there was a weird guy wearing Trelawney glasses and a hood (just a hood, it wasn't attached to anything) who wouldn't stop staring at me and elder Connelly!

By the time we got home it was after 9:00 but we had barely eaten anything all day, so I proceeded to make up a thing of mac and cheese, which I got from the Kuchnia Świat (world kitchen), and ate the entire thing, by myself. Then, around 10:00, the time we would have probably been getting home if we had taken the other train, things got crazy! First, I noticed that the sky was being completely lit with lightning, then, the next thing we knew, it was raining, then the wind got so bad our windows were shaking. Then the sky literally opened up and the wind was straight up pummeling our building with gallons of water. It was leaking through our windows and filling our balcony. Lighting blazed across the sky right above our street and was so frequent it wasn't really even night anymore. It was a monsoon, no joke. The street flooded and there were cars still trying to drive through it. It was crazy. At one point it absolutely looked like a tornado, and Sis Carlson and I were so freaked out we just said a prayer right in front of the window while the water was pounding it, and there was lighting everywhere. And then literally, less than a minute after we said the prayer, it all calmed down. The street was still flooded and there was a city-wide alarm going off for several hours afterwards, but we felt much safer.

This morning on the way to go email we got to see that chaos all around. Now, more than ever, our neighborhood looks like it came straight out of the video-game Fallout. There were entire trees ripped out by the root and strewn across sidewalks, in the road, on top of cars. There was a huge sign near our house that was bent all the way to the ground. Biedronka (the grocery store) flooded a little, so all the products were wet and a little soggy. We didn't even bother looking at the bread, it was all ruined. I've heard about the time the streets in Wrocław flooded (the main road next to the Rynek, and right by the chapel) and I always had trouble picturing that happening. Not anymore, It's very possible.

That was the main big thing that happened this week, other than that there were some funny things.

On Monday we had to cancel our whiteboard because of crazy rain (nothing new). Sis Carlson and I wanted to check out a possible location for a whiteboard so we found coats people had left in the chapel, and decided to wear those. I found a pretty good looking leather jacket, but sister Carlson found a huge bright read poncho with a hood, which, when worn over her backpack, with the hood up, made her look like a giant red dinosaur. It was so entertaining. Her backpack under the coat also kind of made it look like she had a hump, so of course I took picture of her climbing through the window like Quasimodo.

There was a bike-off outside our apartment. We didn't see how it started but I think this young bald dude bumped into this old guy on his bike. (they were both on bikes) the old guy was ranting and swearing and yelling at the young guy. Then the young guy got mad at him and bumped the old guy in the leg with his wheel. That only made the old guy rant more, so the young guy turned and rode away. The old guy, still yelling and grumbling to himself got on his bike and started to ride away. When the young guy showed up again, out of nowhere, sped past him, and tried to kick the old guy off his bike as he passed. It was a pretty weenie attempt though, and didn't really do anything except make the old guy angry. Then the young guy turned around and rode off, while the old guy slowly turned his bike around and rode after him, calling the police as he went, lol! It was so bizarre!

I think that's basically it for this week, there were a couple of funny little things here and there, and Elder Lanterman and I discovered how fun it is to scare Sis Carlson, but other than that, that was my week... it was pretty crazy.

Oh, and dad, before you ask, yes I call him "Elder Green Lanterman"

Kocham was!

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