My life has been not quite my own this week, with extra taxi trips etc. So I have obviously not been blogging like I want! Here is a summary of the exciting moments in my week:

~ I went to J & J's bookstore in the city, and it was OPEN!!! (Long story, but I have been there twice before during their posted business hours and they were not open.) And they gave me 20 euro credit for the books I took to trade, so I was able to stock up for the long plane ride next week. Do you know just how terrible it is to have a bag of unread books sitting in my house that I am not allowed to touch? I already managed to talk my hubby into bending the strict instructions I gave him about not letting me touch them. I have read one already. I think if I touch another though, I'll be in trouble!

~ We (Troy) finally fixed the leaky drippy toilet in our bathroom. It's amazing, you can flush without having to jiggle anything like a maniac!

~ Listening to my husband cackle like a maniac while reading Da Vinci Code and Dan Brown's wacko (not to mention heretical) take on things.

~Buying cute little baby clothes for my nephew.

~Actually getting up offa my thing and exercising twice! Yahoo, and thanks to Sarah for the great walk around the "circuit."

I'm sure you can see why all these earth-shattering things kept me away from the computer!



OK, small rant here. One of my pet peeves is teenage hooligans who are bored and wander around generally being a pain in the butt. We live in a fairly nice area, and around here they love to smash out the glass in the bus shelters. Routinely. That really grates on my nerves. I mean, most of these kids rarely, if ever, take the bus. Half of them tear around on motos. Never mind that there are hard-working people who shiver in the early morning hours just because these kids were looking for a thrill. It's crazy. The city replaces the glass; they smash it again. Sometimes I am tempted to do a stake-out with the number to the police at the ready on my mobile.

And then yesterday, some more hooligans on the train did a nice little number on my Ecuadorian friend Roberto. He got on the train, and three of them descended on him. The two boys made a big show of trying to take his mobile phone. The third, a girl, stuck her hand in his bag and stole his passport. Of course he was so distracted trying to hang onto the phone (which is actually ours) that he didn't notice it was missing until the next day. And they had the further gall to sit there and be very chatty with him until they got off the train. So today he has to hang out at the Ecuadorian embassy and spend 99 euro to get a new passport so he can go home on Sunday.



The soundtrack of my life

I admit it. I don't know if it's good or bad parenting/theology, but sometimes when I am at my wit's end with specific behaviors that my kids display, I will tell them that Jesus does not like that kind of thing. (You can leave comments and tell me how bad that is if need be!) It's kind of like the Mommy version of What Would Jesus Do? Why am I telling you this?

This weekend we rented
Robots to watch with the kids. We got a good laugh out of it. One of the songs in it was James Brown's "Get Up Off That Thing." I was singing along and dancing around and Nicolas looked at me and said "Mommy, don't do that! Jesus doesn't like it!" We also got a good laugh out of that!

But you know what? I think Jesus does like it! I have to say, especially lately, I am a sedentary slug. I have not exercised forever, and I know I should be. So I am taking these words to heart (especially since I can smile at the memory) and I am going to get up off my butt!