Maniacs in the Kitchen

Somebody needs to come and rescue me! Monaca and Troy are going berserk in the kitchen, making some kind of "commercial" that involves salami stuck to the wall. They have the video camera. It's frightening.

We have discovered that Monaca really could be our kid, because in whatever ways she is not like me, she's just like Troy. Which is unfortunate, because she laughs at his jokes and joins in his madness.

I need to go call the people with the padded cells now and see if they will take them away.


Pinch Me

Every once in awhile, it hits me out of the blue that we actually LIVE in Europe. Tonight we went to see the new Star Wars movie with our friends Jake & Karen. Other than freezing to the death in the theater because they had the air conditioning on so high, we had a blast. Afterwards, we were walking back through downtown Madrid towards the car (with a stop at Starbucks for hot coffee to thaw us out) and I was amazed again at the fact that I can wander around a European city so casually. It's so easy to forget, and ignore the amazing sights around me. So I tried to look up (instead of watching the sidewalk for things I shouldn't step in) and enjoy the beautiful architecture of Madrid.

The Starbucks we went to was two stories, and we snagged some comfy chairs right by a huge window. Talk about the perfect people watching spot! It was awesome. I think I will be going back there lots. I guess I better save up for the coffee though. As I was watching the people though, I was amazed (so much amazement in one night!) at how many different people God made. He's pretty smart!


Monaca's Questionnaire

OK, this is sort of cheating for a blog entry, but oh well. Besides, some of these questions were hard to answer!

  1. How old where you when you had your first kiss? I think I was 17 but can't remember exactly! Funny since back then it seemed like the most important thing in the world before it happened.
  2. What do you think is your best feature? My eyes
  3. What is your favorite breed of dog? Yorkshire Terrier
  4. If you could attend only one Olympic event, which would it be? Ice skating
  5. If you could invite any movie star to your home for dinner, who would it be? William H. Macy
  6. If you where a car what kind would you be? Mazda Miata
  7. What is your favorite number? I don't really have one
  8. Which Disney character are you most like? Wendy from Peter Pan
  9. If a movie was made about you, who would play you? I can't bring myself to answer this...it seems like it will come across as very arrogant whoever I pick :) What do you guys think?
  10. Have you ever been out of the country and, if yes, where? (list all places) Out of which country? :) Here's the list: USA, Canada, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Spain, France, Luxemburg, Belgium, Holland, England, Scotland, Wales, Portugal
  11. How many times have you flown in an airplane in the last twelve (12) months? 3
  12. If you were in a car sinking in a lake, what would you do first? Panic
  13. If you where stuck at one age for the rest of your life, what age would you want it to be? 50
  14. What is the weirdest thing that has ever happened to you? Being short of money in the airport in Quito, Ecuador and having to ask a total stranger to help me out.
  15. What is the “coolest” (or most unique) thing you have ever done? Going to the Galapagos Island with my family as a teenager.
  16. What is the scariest thing that has ever happened to you? Being in a van with my family in Ecuador when we hit and killed a man.
  17. Have you ever gone skinny-dipping? No
  18. What is your favorite restaurant to eat at? At the moment, La Finca de Susana, Madrid
  19. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink? Maracuya (fruit juice from Ecuador)
  20. What is your biggest pet peeve? Bad driving, especially people who don't signal in roundabouts.
  21. What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten? Fried ants
  22. If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what song would you want it to be? Barber's Adagio
  23. If you had to change your name, what would you change it to? The woman formerly known as Heather
  24. What is the best book you have ever read? Til We Have Faces, C. S. Lewis, at least it's my favorite.
  25. What is the first thing you notice about the opposite sex? That my husband has great blue eyes
  26. What is the one thing you want to do before you die? Get published
  27. What is the most outrageous thing you would love to do? Write a best-selling book
  28. What is your favorite board game? Sequence
  29. If you could have any job, what would it be? Maybe I would hate it, but I think I would love to own and run a bed and breakfast (as long as I had plenty of money to do it)
  30. What, in your opinion, is the worst way to die? In a plane crash
  31. If a genie granted you three wishes, what would you wish for? To always have just enough money, to always have a great relationship with my kids, to someday own my own home that doesn't share walls with anyone else.
  32. If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go? Greek Isles
  33. What is one thing you could not go more than a week without? Chocolate
  34. In the last three years, what is one thing you would have done differently? Spent more quality time with my children.
  35. What is, in your opinion, your most appealing quality? My hospitable side


Class of 87

Remarkably, I got an email yesterday containing a string of messages from friends from high school. Apparently there is rumbling about starting to plan our, ahem, 20-year reunion. I have to say I found that a bit shocking. I mean, really! How did it come to this? I am fully aware that I will turn 37 in less than half a year, and my age really doesn't bother me. But it's hard to wrap my head around the fact that I have been out of high school for almost 20 years. WOW!

Maybe it's hard to believe because my class has really kept in touch, so a reunion is a chance to hang out together more instead of showing up to see how much people have changed since you last saw them 20 years ago. I have to say I'm glad that these friends are the ones who have stuck with me for 20 years. I'm glad to have met their husbands and wives, and their kids.

College was fun, but I met very few people that "got" the level of friendship that I still share with many people I went to high school with. It made me realize how special those friendships are, and how grateful I am for them.

I'm not very hopeful about being able to attend the reunion since we'll be in Spain, but I still think it's great.


Back Again

OK, OK, fans have been clamoring. I'm back to the land of the living, just in time for summer! The last few weeks have been incredibly hectic and busy. I was therefore feeling pretty frazzled, stressed, etc. etc. You get the picture. My emotional tank was definitely hovering around the big red E for empty. I felt all "gived" out, and like everywhere I turned for refueling had just run out of gas too.

Anyway, summer is here and with it a much slower pace. The kids are out of school now so that means no more driving to school, especially in the blazing heat we've been having. I'm having a great time Monaca, our intern. (Turns out she is basically me, only about 17 years younger) It's been fun, and she's good motivation for me. I actually exercised 4 times last week. So that is good for my tank too.

Anyway, this is a random entry. We'll see about getting into that 5-day a week blogging habit that I was hoping for!