It has been a crazy couple of weeks with Christmas and New Year all around the same time. The Holidays went well, the members really fed us well and over the last week we've been spending a good deal of time helping one of the less active members giving up smoking. He's doing really well and we're Happy that he's progressing. It has been tough the last week with Elder Merrill leaving for home and all. He didn't get too trunky but they're was some dodginess going on. Today was Transfers and I got a new companion. His name is long and a little hard to say but we just call him elder Tui. We've only met just a couple of hours ago but as far as I can tell and from what other missionaries say he's a pretty good guy and a solid missionary. I'm excited and hopefully we can learn a lot from each other and get the work moving in the Forest Lake area. He's from New Zealand and is Tongan on top of that so I know the Ward will love him and hopefully will really warm up to him. I can easily see how two short Americans could easily put off a primarily Poly ward, lol. He's been out for about 9 months now so it will be interesting. Oh and this transfer I get to drive! lol. On the left side of the road and all. I'm a little apprehensive about it but I'm not too worried. Just keep thinking "to the left, to the left". We'll see how that goes. I'll tell you how it is next week.
New Year's was good but quiet. We had to be in the flat by 5 pm so we could let the Aussies get all their drinking out of the way before we take another go at them in the new year. The next day was deep cleaning and that was amazing to say the least. The flat probably hadn't been seriously cleaned in like 6 months, so yeah. It was, like bad. There was a thick layer of brown goo on the inside of the toilet where the water sits. Needless to say its white again! lol. It was fun. I really like the flat but it is pretty ghetto.
Anyone that has lived with, worked with or seen Kiefer in cleaning mode has to get a laugh out of the visual of him cleaning a dingy little flat that has been inhabited by heaven knows how many 19-22 year old men. Kiefer's has a manic-cleaning-mode that was inherited from his mother and grandmother...we aren't neat freaks but when we REALLY clean it is there is no "nice and easy". I call it Tina-Turner-Proud-Mary-cleanin'...
Finally, I love the word "dodginess" and the thought of Kiefer "stayin' to the left"...