We are in the middle of the biggest party time of the year here, el 18 de Septiembre! They’ve already been partying for dayyyyyyyyys and it will keep going almost all next week, at least until Thursday. ITS SO FUN! But let me start at the beginning of the week... On Tuesday, we got up early and went and did a service project with the elders from PH (Padre Hurtado) It was fun! It was kind of sad, because we picked up garbage in a park for little kids and a futbol cancha. The sad part was that it smelled like marijuana really bad, and all of the garbage was broken glass bottles ;( , but don’t worry, I only cut myself on the broken glass once, ha-ha. So almost two weeks ago, I started scratching my head a lot.... I was just joking around and I told my comp, "ha-ha with my luck I probably have lice”. After a few days, I got actually worried about it, so I made my comp check me. She didn’t find anything. On Tuesday afternoon, we were saying a prayer, and I scratched my head. As I pulled my hand out, I look down and see that there was a little bug on my hand. So I’m like "OKAY I HAVE LICE." My companion gets digging around and immediately finds another one. So ya... that happened this week... On Tuesday night we went and visited a member who cuts hair, and she checked me and informed me that I did indeed have lice. If you know me at all, you know that I’m not good with bugs, actually hate them with all of my force.... so knowing that I had a bunch in my hair and that they were laying eggs pretty much almost killed me. But I laughed it off. The elders are literally never gonna let me live it down. I had to call one of them because the day before hand he had loaned me his hat, so I had to tell him "hey I have lice so wash your hat in bleach" and he says "hna, do you shower?'" Freaking elders. But ya, on Wednesday we went to a conference for all of the new missionaries and their trainers, it was good! And then Hna Woodward gave me instruction on how to kill lice. So on Thursday morning, we had a really importance meeting with the president of the municipalidad here in PH with the six missionaries here. I had to go with lice........ ha-ha but it was a good meeting, and now the community will be helping us advertise for our activities so we can find more people!! It’s going to be great!! Then on Thursday, we went home and Hna Vilches had to put some gross medication stuff we bought in my hair layer by layer, and start to pick out all of the lice and eggs she could find (oy even just writing this makes my head start to itch!). And then and after we picked everything we could find, I washed my hair. Then we had to put mayonnaise (YES MAYONAISE) in my hair and leave it there for 8 HOURS!! So during that time, I made six batches of brownies, cleaned the whole house, read the whole book of Helaman, shaved my legs and many more things. Ha-ha, I was so bored; I’m not used to having free time. Meanwhile, everyone I know received a plate of brownies on Friday. After the mayo, I washed my hair with shampoo, then put vinegar in my hair, left it there for fifteen minutes, then washed my hair again, dried it, and straightened it. It was an ORDEAL to put it in one word, but now I am LICE FREEE! Thank HF for the blessings you have, even as simple as not having lice you guys. On Saturday we had a ward activity for the 18th (Chilean Independence Day)! It was so fun, we ate typical food like choripan (which is a grilled sausage, inside the typical Chilean bread, marraqueta). It’s my favorite!! And mote con huesillo, which is n a kind of juice, with mote which is like seed from tiigo, and a dried peach in the juice. It’s my favorite Chilean drink, it’s so goooood! And then we watched people dance la cueca, the typical Chilean dance! It’s really pretty I took a video!! Then obviously we played soccer, and the elders said I couldn’t play because I was a girl, so I jumped in there and started playing. I gotta say, not too bad. I made two goals ;) by pure luck, but hey I’ll take it!! I later figured out that they said that just to get me to play, ha-ha. We were also going with some other missionaries to go contact in the feria. Not much else happened this week... OH YA. Today, I saved a puppy. We went to go get together with the zone to find out the cambios (transfers), and there was a front yard next to the church full of puppies. When we left, I saw that one of the puppies had come out of the fence, but wasn’t sure how to get back in!! So I won his love, convinced him to come to me, then picked him up and gave him back to his mom. They got it on camera, so it should be coming out in the Chilean news pretty soon, keep your eyes open! Ha-ha! Well, it looks like the computer isn’t gonna let me send pics so I’ll see if a member can let me use their computer tomorrow or something! I love you all lots, I hope you all have a great Chilean Independence Day!! Love Hermana Stanley!
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