Smoke, Catfish and The longest Week Ever
Reading the blog and crying some for Charlotte. I hadn’t seen some of
those pictures. It hurt.
I also love seeing Dixon in every few blogs, wearing the lifeguard
visor that I gave him and Royce. That really makes me happy to see
that either he likes it or remembers me.
Wednesday: I don’t even feel bad about missing yesterday. And that’s
because I didn’t leave the apartment once. Or my pajamas. I was really
really sick. It was horrible. Monday night, we finished dinner and
very soon after I started biking I just started feeling sick. It came
on fast. We kept going and got worse and worse so we came in early.
The next morning it was so bad I had to sleep in and I could hardly do
anything. My throat hurt so bad and my mind was really clouded which
turned into a headache and my nose was super clogged up and I was
sneezing a lot. Elder Kerby was completely fine. I called the Zone
leaders so see if they could go buy me some Sudafed. Turns out they
had some because one of them was sick with the same thing. And it was
the one I had gone on exchanges with a few days earlier. So we assumed
that we had picked something up from someone we had visited. Then they came over and since his companions was fine as well, Elder Kerby and Elder Robbins went out and worked all day while Elder Christenson and I stayed in our apartment and died. I slept a lot. I thought I would
be able to get to sleep last night but I slept ok. So we just stayed
in all say and laid on the couches. It was horrible.
This morning when Elder Robbins and Elder Christenson came to pick us
up for District Meeting, they told us they had talked to their Ward
Mission Leader the day before. When they said they were sick their
ward mission leader told them what it was. He used to be a fire
fighter for the Forest fires in the area and knew quite a bit about
that stuff. He pointed out that it had been the smokiest it has been
all summer. We knew that but didn’t make the connection. We didn’t
realize how bad it was. What happened is that the Delta Breeze (a wind
current that runs up through the valley of California and up further)
has taken all the smoke from the forest fires that are going on in
Sacramento, Gridley, Oroville, Redding and everywhere else, even from
the fires in Canada, and basically pulled all of it into the Auburn
area. So it was a lot smokier than normal. As I write this, I’m
looking outside and the sky isn’t blue, it’s white. If you look off
into the distance, it looks like it’s overcast. But look straight up,
it’s white. So what happens is that the smoke makes everyone feel more
tired than usual, because if the bad air quality. Everyone in Auburn
is being warned in TV to stay indoors or in a car as much as possible.
Elder Kerby and Elder Robbins said they have felt a little more tired
than normal. But the reason why Elder Christenson and I got sick is
because we both breath through our mouths. I do this because my nose
is broken. I don’t remember why he does but the smoke just came in a
wrecked our lungs and made us horrendously sick. This morning I feel a
whole lot better after staying inside all day. But I can’t go outside
because I would be on a bike. I feel pretty good compared to yesterday
but if I went out and worked then I would get really sick again.
So we had to stay in most of the day. We did some administrative stuff
with lists but it’s hard not having any connection. At 5 a high priest
went out with us and we saw some people for an hour and a half. Then
we had dinner with the youth and they asked us questions about the
mission and about it. It was an awesome opportunity to help the youth
see that we are normal people and are just like them and that they can
reach their potential. Yeah, but all of that was inside a car or building, where the air is better filtered. Tomorrow should be spent some inside and some doing what work we can with lessons.
Thursday: I did not sleep well last night. Yesterday there was this
huge wall of fog up north and I woke up this morning and it was here.
I was coughing all night last night. I had to go sleep on the couch to
stop the coughing. My throat feels like it has permanent damage. I’m
sure it doesn’t but it feels like it.
Well right now I’m not feeling the best. Physically I am.
Mentally and emotionally, nope. The upside to the day: An awesome
member of our ward that made the Panamanian dinner for Elder Kerby
made a southern meal for me this time. Fried catfish and grits. It was
amazing. I love her so much. And my favorite ice cream to top it off.
That was amazing. The down side: Everything else! It wasn’t a horrible
day, it’s just everything is building up. We started off the day with
a lesson with ****. It went horribly. The spirit wasn’t there at all
and he is not open to change or to new ideas which makes him
unteachable. He just wants to prove his points and not find answers. I
was trying to just focus on the spiritual part but Elder Kerby and I
ended up wanting to do different things in the lesson so we weren’t on
the same page. It just went horribly and nobody got anywhere. I got
very, very, very frustrated and had to leave the room (thankfully we meet
with him over the phone so **** didn’t know I left) and I was just
super stressed. I just sat there and solved the rubix cube a million
times. That sucked. Then we ended up going to a lesson for a older
lady who is awesome and it was good. She is a member that isn’t very
mobile. But after that we were stuck at the apartment all afternoon.
We ended up calling a ton of members to see if we could have people
come out with us over the next few days. But being stuck in the
apartment for three days when you normally work really hard is tough.
I don’t feel the best physically but I am losing all my motivation.
Elder Kerby is having a hard time too. And I’m just sick
and tired of a lot of things. ****** and **** especially. I feel like we
are doing so much but not getting anywhere. Now we aren’t able to do
anything so we really can’t get anywhere. Right now I feel like nobody
is actually progressing. Neither Kerby nor I are doing well at this
very moment. We were both really…. I don’t even know the word.
Stressed maybe? Nothing is clear to me. It’s just hard. Hopefully I’ll
be fine in the morning.
Friday: It was a great day. We had an awesome lesson with Craig smith.
We just answer some questions he had and it went great. We did some
weekly planning. That was fun. Then we went around with a ward member.
This morning we tried biking to a lesson and it was really hard. It
got hard to breath. So I can’t bike yet. I can be outside, I just
can’t bike yet. But we went around with a ward member and got some
appointments set up with people. Then we went to a lesson. It went
amazing. It was probably the best Elder Kerby and I have taught
together yet we are teaching three kids and they love it and soak it
all in. The Spirit was really there which was amazing and what we
needed after the hard day yesterday. It was awesome. They comprehended
a lot of it as far as we could tell. And we taught it in a short time.
It was amazing. Such a good lesson. We went out to some restaurant
with members and in come another couple as sit down in the next booth,
and with them was the Zone Leaders. So that was really funny and
great. But it was a great day.
Saturday: We weren’t able to do much at all today. We had Brother
Baldridge take us out and drive us around so we could do some work.
Besides that we’re weren’t really able to do much. We filled out some
reports and stuff. I realized how slowly the week has gone by.
It’s been sooooo slow. The week hasn’t been way too torturous but I realized that it has been forever since the last Sunday. It seems like ages
Sunday: Today was the primary program. It was awesome. Love little kids!
We tried to drop *****’s tonight. It didn’t quite work. It was hard. But
we both feel we need to drop him. It was a complicated situation. But
we are going to drop him this upcoming week. That’s most of the day.
Elder Kerby and I got especially fat this week with no workout.