Monday, April 19, 2010

Good morning, peepadapeeps!

My weight is still hovering at the high end of normal for my height. Meh. I'm okay. The only thing I worry about a bit is how it took about 3 weeks for me to lose "new" weight after the load weight I lost, but again each round is different and to anticipate problems ahead of time is absurd.

The weather is gorgeous and we've been taking nice long walks each evening. It feels wonderful. I did have an interesting encounter last evening with some neighbors who were taking their walk at the same time. They complimented us on our German Shepherd and then said that we must be new to the neighborhood. I explained we'd been here for 7.5 years. She looked shocked, and I could read her mind. She hadn't seen me at her church. She followed it up by asking what street we live on (to determine which "ward" we lived in). Don't get me wrong, they were delightful people but it always feels funny to me when people assume I'm LDS.

My husband said after we'd parted ways with them, "Americans and their churches.". I said that wasn't entirely true - that this happens when you live in an area where the majority belong to one particular faith, such as Utah and the Baptists in the South, but that in most places no one would presume to know what your faith is, nor would they assume you were new to the neighborhood had they not seen you at church. Sometimes I think that because he's only lived in Utah since moving to the States, he assumes it's like this everywhere. He said it was quite presumptuous of them to assume we were, and I pointed out they can afford to be presumptuous here. I know they meant well, but it's things like this that remind me once again that I'll never truly be able to integrate here. We'll always be on the outside looking in, which isn't a huge deal for my husband and I, but it is for our kids.

Normally Sundays are our cleaning days but it just didn't happen, so today I will blast the soundtrack to "Woman on Top" and CLEAN. Just me. Quite frankly, sometimes having no help is the best help!

Enjoy your Monday!


lavenderdiva said...

It was like that when I lived in New Orleans, but not as bad as where you live. While there, everyone assumed you were catholic (I'm not). I'm still hopeful that Mr. helderheid & you will be moving sooner rather than later....

I'm with you on cleaning: I like flying solo! I can get more done, faster, and I know that it'll be done the way I want it. Whew! Look at me: talk about control issues huh? ;)

love you!

Lis said...

We live in an area that has a large contingent of LDS as well, but its not nearly like where you are.

Good times cleaning - I did the same right after I got back from Vegas!! Good for you that you are within your range!! I am up and did a steak day yesterday and again today, and hope to be back to my 131 tomorrow morning. less than 2 weeks before we start up again!! Are you ready?
Hugs to you!

Jen Payne said...

I am LDS, but grew up in Seattle. Extremely liberal, and I was definitely the minority :) I must say moving to Utah has been an experience. Being LDS in Utah is very different from being LDS anywhere else. Don't get me wrong, I love my religion, but really love being it somewhere else :) This is a huge reason my husband and I will not be here permanently. As you say, they really do mean well:) I think that anytime you get a dense population of any religion, the "culture" of the religion takes over and the actual principles seem to get lost at times. Hope you have fun cleaning! I am off to work!

helderheid said...

Jen, I totally know what you mean! I've lived all over the nation, and have known LDS from Utah and outside of Utah. Completely different culture!! As I've said in previous posts, it's not a bad culture at all... just not MY culture. :)

I am swamped this week but perhaps at some point I can pop in and say hi!