Thursday, December 24, 2009

Hello? I am Tony...

The other day I got a phone message that started like this: "Hello Sarah Hall? Hello? Sarah Hall? I am Tony..." Since then I've had about ten phone calls that start the same way.

Tony is cool. He is my friend from South Korea that I met in South Africa, who, after a two-year stint in Canada moved to Texas to open up an Italian restaurant using a Mexican chef. He's fed up with the Mexican... the customers complain the Italian food is too spicy... so he's about to hire an Albanian to replace him.

He came over for dinner the other day and was quite hilarious. It was, however, embarrassing the way he put me on a pedestal. He said he had been wanting to get in contact with me a few months ago and prayed, and then I answered his prayer by sending him an email. I wasn't sure how to react to his constant praise, or how to let him know that I am far from perfect, but I felt a little guilty for not staying in touch with him better. He brought over a whole bag of presents - mostly Christian books and CDs. He bowed to everyone in my family before leaving. Very fun, entertaining, and great guy.

It made me want to go back to South Africa and reconnect with everyone. Anyone up for a little World Cup action?

Monday, December 21, 2009

Why I Should Learn How to Tie a Tie

Because you never know when a quadriplegic will ask you to put his on for him.

Which happened to me, in North Carolina, last week. I met this really cool guy who had been injured while diving into a pool a few years ago. I went to church with him, and before it started, he asked it I would put on his tie.

I had no clue how to tie one. So this other guy got it ready and told me to put it around his neck. I didn't know how to tighten it. To make a long story short, it ended up way too tight! I struggled to loosen it as I thought it was probably fairly uncomfortable for him (and I also realized I had tightened it around his neck ABOVE the collar rather than underneath).

Finally, this random guy comes up and says, "Let me help you with that. Do you have ANY clue what you are doing?" Everyone was laughing really loud. Then my friend (the one whose tie I had attempted to tie) said, "Wow, you really don't know how to tie a tie, do you?"

My niece

I went to visit my sister in North Carolina last week. My niece is the cutest little 2-year old girl in the world.

My sister and bro-in-law keep watching all these British shows, so my niece speaks with a British accent and says things like, "Can I have a go?"

She is also perceptive. At one point, she turns to me and says, "The baby is sleeping so you have to be REALLY LOUD so you don't wake him up!" I said, in a very serious tone, "That makes a lot of sense." She put her hands on her hips, glared at me and said, "This is NO JOKE!"

We walked around the duck pond and visited Duke Cathedral when the weather was cool. We also decorated gingerbread cookies.

On Sunday morning, she did not want to put her dress on. She yelled, "I'm so sorry daddy! I have to do my homework now!" Then she ran to his computer and pretended to type. It is funny how much kids imitate their parents.

I love my niece! The end.