Laughter is Good for the Soul

by Jocelyn Cannon on February 10, 2014

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Sorry this is so late, guys!

For this blog post, Rachael and I just wanted to retell some of the funny moments of life that need to be shared.

“While I considered sharing something of weighty spiritual significance, I thought I would opt for sharing an entertaining anecdote instead. As mentioned by Jocelyn, I live in a dorm with nine other girls, and we share two and a half bathrooms. You can imagine the frantic rush to claim a sink or shower that takes place every morning as we all scurry to get ready. While I’ve economized my ‘getting ready’ process to the most time-efficient method of getting in and out of the bathroom, I do rely heavily on the ability to obtain hot water from the sink. In the past week, however, the availability of said hot water has vanished, and despite my efforts, only freezing cold water emits from the faucet labeled ‘H’. Finding myself in this predicament, I knew I faced two options for obtaining hot water: the electric kettle (whose capacity, unfortunately, fills only a small fraction of the sink) or the detachable shower head. Opting for the latter, I applied face wash to my…face, and proceeded to lean my head over the bathtub in order to avoid spraying the entire bathroom with water. Having not taken the precaution of turning the shower head away from me before turning the water on, I soon found myself with soapy eyes and hot water-drenched pajamas. I managed to rinse the rest of the soap off of my face, and only drenched half of the bathroom in the process. I commended myself for my resourcefulness, but decidedly resolved to improve my technique before attempting to repeat this procedure.”
-Rachael

Community life hasn’t gotten old yet, here are some of the highlights:

Haley Johnson's birthday, being celebrated at our house by a Southern breakfast complete with homemade biscuits and sausage gravy. The much missed foods of home

Haley Johnson’s birthday, being celebrated at our house by a Southern breakfast complete with homemade biscuits and sausage gravy. The much missed foods of home

1. When everyone lives with everyone, this is the terminology you use:

Person One: “I haven’t seen you in forever! How are you!”
Person Two: “I know right! I miss you so much! I’m great, how about you?”

Translation: “I haven’t seen you since last night! How are you?”
“I know! It’s been like a whole fifteen hours! I’m great, how about you?”

The Chinese on campus hosted a huge celebration for their annual Chinese New Year holiday. It was an awesome night, packed with games, authentic food, dancing, culture experience, and a whole lot of oranges. Much fun!

The Chinese on campus hosted a huge celebration for their annual Chinese New Year holiday. It was an awesome night, packed with games, authentic food, dancing, culture experience, and a whole lot of oranges. Much fun!

2. Everyone does everyone else’s laundry. When someone else’s clothes are done and all the other washing machines are full, you just throw the other person’s clothes in a random basket and put your own in!

3. When someone gets sick, EVERYONE asks about him or her and when that person is better then EVERYONE is constantly asking if your OK, if you feel better, etc.

4. Sometimes people who come in for conferences and are staying overnight don’t understand that you can’t just walk into the front flat of Judah and make yourself at home! We have had several random people walk right into the front door and start looking around. We’re like, “Hi, can we help you?” They’re like, “Hi, I’m just looking for room 12” and we’re like, “That’s upstairs, through the BACK door” It’s quite amusing.

Tim and Alexandra (team member from Russia) came over to our house and cooked TONS of pancakes. It was a lot of fun! (We love it when people want to use our kitchen)

Tim and Alexandra (team member from Russia) came over to our house and cooked TONS of pancakes. It was a lot of fun! (We love it when people want to use our kitchen)

5. The kitchen window (which swings outwards, not up) can double as a door! People knock on it looking for Wesley, looking for Tim, asking us questions, or if they smell that we are cooking bacon… That did happen. We’re gonna open a Barrista bar soon and just hand out coffee through the window!

Thankfully, everyone is very considerate and go out of their way to respect our space and our “home”.

For my sweet sixteenth birthday, we had a few friends over to celebrate with us (Mommy and I went to London for my present). Rachael made some amazing cookies and the whole day was so much fun! I felt loved from both ends of the world :)

For my sweet sixteenth birthday, we had a few friends over to celebrate with us (Mommy and I went to London for my present). Rachael made some amazing cookies and the whole day was so much fun! I felt loved from both ends of the world :)

I think the seconds bell in Cedars is also worthy of retelling. Picture this: It’s dinner. Everyone is finishing up their meals, conversations flow freely, laughs echo across the walls. The clock strikes. A minute until 6:30, heads turn to look anxiously at the clock. Ten, nine, eight, seven, minds silently count down the remaining minute. 6:30. A sharp bell rings from the servery. SECONDS!!! That’s when the servers switch off the hotplates, turn the spoons to the incoming crowd, and whatever is left is subject to the justice of the people. It’s a strategic art, you have to learn a sixth sense. When should you line up? How many other people are looking at the clock? Will they ring it early? Will they ring it late? People shoot murderous looks to each other. “Mine!”. Once the bell rings, people sprint. I’ve seen practically the whole cafeteria jump up and stampede into the servery for the unlimited left-overs. You know the food was good if the seconds line consists of at least ten people. It’s fun.

England weather... so unpredictable... one day you can't see ten feet in front of you because the day-long fog is so thick... the next morning its bright and sunny and that afternoon its raining... (This picture had no editing done to it, the outdoor light was literally blue tinged)

England weather… so unpredictable… one day you can’t see ten feet in front of you because the day-long fog is so thick… the next morning its bright and sunny and that afternoon its raining… (This picture had no editing done to it, the outdoor light was literally blue tinged)

“Hey! This is Abby. I really miss everybody, but I’ve made a lot of friends here too. I’ve had lots of fun playing Schleich with Rachael and riding bikes with Rachael and playing with Elise. Bye! I love whoever is reading this.”
-Abby

The "female" vacuum cleaner

The “female” vacuum cleaner

The vacuum cleaners sprinkled throughout the campus just have to be mentioned. They’re named either Henry (the red ones) or Henrietta (the pink ones). Why they have big smiley faces painted on them, I don’t know, all I know is that it is impossible to get mad at them because every time you turn around, there they are, smiling with big grins right at you. It’s annoyingly adorable.

These are a few examples of the funny moments experienced. Thank you Lord for laughter…

Here are a couple of quick “more serious” updates:

1. Classes for my parents are even better than Stage 1, according to my mom. They love it!
2. Pierrepont has hosted a couple of great conferences this past month – MicroNETS, Jesus Heals Today, Getting to the Root, and Freemasonry. Mommy and Daddy were asked to share a quick testimony about NETS at the Jesus Heals Today conference and it went super well!
3. Daddy preached at a British church for the first time last weekend!

Love you guys!

 

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  1. Love the updates, Jocelyn! Can you email me and let me know how long exactly you guys are staying in the UK? Tony and I are coming over to celebrate our anniversary in late July. Will you guys still be there? ~ Heather

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