Welp…. sorry for not blogging recently, to all those who have faithfully been checking the blog in hopes of something, I apologize. I have tried in earnest to get myself in to some sort of exciting, dangerous or hilarious situation, but to no avail. Life is normal (or it has developed the sense or normalcy) and normal seems hardly blog worthy. I can think of nothing to write about, but in place of writing I will make lists.
Things that have recently happened…
1.) I paid a guy 250 Lempiras to pull out and chop up our giant “zucchini” plant that managed to take over our entire yard and produce only 2 small tasteless gourds. It took him almost a day and a half.
2.) Our “canícula” recently ended, canícula is the word for the month long period during the wet season when it doesn’t rain. Good riddance canícula.
3.) Annie and I did a topographic survey last Monday for a community called “El Ojo de Agua” or “The Eye of Water”. They have a well and need me to tell them how to get the water to the houses.
4.) We found (more accurately rescued) another turtle, this one is painted red with a white stripe down his back. We found him on the road outside of the liberal party headquarters in town (red and white are their colors). He/she and Umberto are currently chasing each other around in our compound either mating or fighting, or both.
5.) Band practice has started again! So we will be serenaded until the Sept. 15th Independence Day celebration with daily 4-hour marching band practices by all of the nearby high schools.
6.) The neighbor kid got a saxophone (help us!).
7.) Avocados are now in season……Hallelujah!!
8.) Food is getting more expensive. This has taken a toll on most everyone we know since the majority of people’s income here is spent on food.
9.) Our oven (stove part still works) broke…this is a disaster!! Annie lost her main source of entertainment and I lost my only source of baked goods.
10.) Hondu 9 is leaving for home; this makes our Hondu 10 group the next in line to take off.
11.) The papaya tree we planted 12 months ago is giving fruit (papaya tastes awful by the way).
Things I did yesterday, in no particular order:
Worked on the distribution system design for “The Eye of Water”
Went for a walk because it was the first nice cool day in a long, long time
Priced large plastic barrels at the large plastic barrel store. No really, it is actually called “Large Plastic Barrels Corner Kick” (translated from Spanish)
Talked on the phone to 2 people about potential projects next week
Purchased 50 Lempiras of prepaid cell phone minutes
Called a missionary to find out where on earth the church is that I agreed to meet some people at tomorrow
Made two grilled cheese sandwiches
Fed our cat
Watched the turtles fight
Went for a run
Got whiffs of our terrible smelling compost pile while working on the computer
Made sketch of small methane digester to put compost in
Played Spider Solitaire on computer
Wrote cover letter to send to a company in the States
Annie´s got a blog with pictures that she´ll post soon so stay tuned...