2007-07-27

I can always tell when vacation has relaxed and rested me because I start getting urges to organize and get back into the swing of things. So it's pretty good timing then, that we only have two more days off and then we're back to it on Monday.

I always start to panic a bit when it gets time for our annual staff conference because I think that summer is over. But we still will have almost 9 work days before we go, and then 3 weeks more of "summer" after we get back from Hungary and before the kids go back to school. My mental to-do list is growing, so I'm trying to write it down so I don't go back to work (mentally) prematurely.

The temps have definitely risen, and right now my temp bar says it's 95 at 6:58. Around mid-day we actually close the apartment up and put down shades etc. because at that point the air outside becomes hotter than what's inside. Thankfully, in the dry climate here that works well.

Anyway, that's it for now. We'll be back to business in a couple of days!


2007-07-25

Maybe I was wrong

Earlier this week I was saying that the weather was really um, nice. And like, not hot. For summer and all. And I may have alluded to the fact that whoever said it was going to be hot this summer (really really hot in Spain) might have been, you know, um, wrong.

Then I opened CNN and read this:

Deadly heat wave grips Europe


Oops. The article said
"Up to 500 people are estimated to have died across Hungary last week, partly due to a heat wave gripping central and southeast Europe, Hungarian medical officials said on Tuesday."
And where do you think we are going in 2 weeks for Connect, our annual CA conference?

You guessed it. Hungary. Granted, Sopron is up near Austria, so maybe it won't be so bad.

But my weather bar also says it is currently 91 degrees at 8:30 pm. And it also has a little picture of a red thermometer with little red wavy lines coming off it for Friday. Right next to where it says Fri: 99 F.

Either way, maybe it's time to eat some humble pie. But that would require turning on the oven, and it's, obviously, too hot for that.

So maybe I was wrong...

2007-07-24

Summer Photos

Top 10 Reasons to Vacation at Home

  1. Because really, your own bed is the best place in the world to sleep.
  2. It's a lot easier to eat healthy (read, stay on your diet) at home where you can cook like a normal person. Or easier to find the number so that Foster's Hollywood can bring you ribs and a chicken Caesar salad right to your door.
  3. Because in Spain they sell light whipped cream in a can, which goes nicely on top of the Starbucks coffee you just brewed. And your own stove-top coffee thingy is big enough so you can get 4 cups out of it instead of only 2.
  4. At home, your children will get out of bed, pour their own cereal and watch a DVD, all without interference from parents (in other words, you don't have to get up and check that they didn't break anything/spill on anything)
  5. The pool right downstairs does not have any sand around it to muck up everything you brought with you.
  6. The internets
  7. Because whoever said this was going to be a REALLY hot summer must have been smoking something, because at 10:53 am it's only about 66 degrees.
  8. Children squabble a lot less when they are in their own environment and have eleventy-billion toys to play with.
  9. Because going to the grocery store, having your groceries delivered and cleaning out the fridge and pantry cabinet is actually relaxing when you don't have a million other things to do.
  10. You still have all the e-books you bought to read.

2007-07-23

Top 10 Reasons to Vacation in Lisboa (if you are the Cady's)

  1. You can buy cereal they don't have in Spain, like multi-grain cheerios, cookie crisp and cinnamon toast crunch.
  2. You can keep yourself entertained the whole week with books from somebody else's shelf (I read The Kite Runner, Peace Like A River, A Perfect Match and Oh My Stars. I think that is the order I would rank them as well. I only got part-way into one of my e-books, so I still have plenty of vacation reading.
  3. The beach.
  4. Portuguese pottery; it's way nicer than Spain's, IMHO.
  5. Hanging out with friends (kids and adults both).
  6. Frangu (roast chicken) and french fries.
  7. The friends' house where you stay has a gas grill. Hamburgers were good, shoulda done steaks.
  8. School of Rock, Jack Black's best.
  9. Cleaning someone else's house is more fun than cleaning your own.
  10. Moderate temperatures, blue sky and sea, and a sea breeze.

2007-07-22

It's Here and it's Rockin'!

I just wanted to let you know that our church website is now up, and it's spectacular! Kudos to our team for the brainstorm behind the idea, but mostly to Kelly Crull for producing a great site that I know is going to go far in building our community.

Way to go Kelly!

Check it out! www.oasismadrid.org

P.S. Yes, we're back safely from Portugal, but still on vacation for another week :) I am tanned, and have read 4 books for far. Viva las vacaciones!