The Girl Who Cried Kenya

Sara at the beachDay 2000 of doing absolutely nothing. Well, it hasn’t exactly been 2000 days and we haven’t exactly been doing nothing. It has, however, been very interesting, boring and numbing being here in San Diego. Days are/were spent at the beach, sleeping in, taking the bus to save money (and to kill time) and watching endless documentaries.



Grandview beach… sweet!Since the weather has turned cold and windy our beach-going days are over. So I had to find something else to occupy my time. Enter: Mervyn’s. Nanci, Alan’s mom, drove past one and saw a “Join Our Team” sign out in front. After finishing the application from hell and giving away more information than even Alan knows, I sat back and waited for them to reject me. Two days went by without a word from them. I thought they had taken my information and emptied my bank account (since it’s so full). Then I got that fateful call… they wanted me to come in for an interview. I don’t know why I was nervous, but the man who did the interview was very nice and I was hired on the spot.

Grandview Steps… lovely Encinitas!Fast forward to three weeks later… today. I’ve been working about 25 hours a week folding and putting away clothes, being polite to impatient customers and asking every single person I meet: “Will that be on your Mervyn’s card?” It kills me to ask people to sign up for credit when I don’t think multiple cards are a good thing! But, that’s my job… for two more days at least… and then I bid Mervyn’s adieu! I believe there are two jobs that exist that you can never fully appreciate until you’ve done them: retail and food service. In the last six months I have had the pleasure of working in both of them and I can tell you that people underestimate how much work goes into them. I think I’m going to extend that list to teachers and nurses. However, people understand how hard it is to be a nurse or a teacher because they require a certain of level of education. What people may not understand is that even though no formal education is required to have a retail or food service job, it requires a greater level of patience than most people give them credit (no pun intended) for.


I’m heading up north in a week to say goodbye (once again) to my family. Alan is heading up to Portland to see his sister, Randi. I feel like I’ve said goodbye so many times that I’m starting to feel like the girl who cried Kenya. Part of me is sad that I’m leaving and another part of me just wants to leave already! So for now I’m going to appreciate the time I have here and spend some quality time with my family and friends. The title of my blog was going to be: “Life on hold…” but then I realized that life is never on hold, I’m just stuck in traffic.

So thanks for reading, and stay tuned! Things are finally starting to get interesting, and we’re now set to fly out of here on October 25th!

4 Comments to “The Girl Who Cried Kenya”

  1. grey zimmerman

    Hi Sara,
    Ah, the boredom of limbo – I too, am on hold as I wait for my charming Spreckels house to sell so I will have some money to move up to Eureka. I wish I could just get on with my life, it is getting harder and harder to get stuff done as I am in a rut. I have stopped shopping as that would be way too dangerous for my budget!!!I am reading a fascinating book called “three cups of tea” wow – talk about someone doing something with their life. It is the story of a man, a past mountain climber, who wanted to build shcools in Pakistan to educate the children. Amazing, and why oh why have we never heard of this man, Chris Mortenson??? Thank you american press. Anyway, I am soooo excited for you and your upcoming adventure!!! Glad to hear from you, will be seeing your parents in a couple of weeks to visit “the bodies”. Chat with you soon. Love, Grey

  2. Sarah Richardson

    Hey Sara,
    Thank you for your posting as I am waiting to leave for Bangladesh in January and I too have felt like my life is on hold. Working odd jobs and saying goodbye over and anticipating leaving is a lot to handle. You’re right though, enjoy what time you have left and I look forward to hearing your adventures in Kenya!

    Sarah R

  3. Jessica

    Hey Sara:

    It is Jess.Thanxs for the update. Are you still in San Diego? When do you leave to go up north? Well, I take the RD exam at the end of this month. Yuck! Well give me a call soon!!!

    Love ya,

  4. Patricia

    Hi Sara!
    I am glad to see that you are well! I am also doing well and am getting bigger every day. I can feel the baby now and everything. It is an awesome time of my life. I wish you and your man the best of luck and hope that you continue to learn about each other and world.

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