Happy Friday

I still have the cold, the voice is the latest casuality. And I still am dragging as far as energy. But my little heart is happy because people are starting to trickle back into Madrid. And as far as I know, I don't have to make any more airport runs :) We have church tomorrow, so it'll be great to have people back.

It's a beautiful afternoon and I have a happy heart.

Hope you have a great weekend!


I got the cold

Last night I started to get nervous, because I felt like I was catching the cold that has been merrily skipping around our church.

Today, I definitely have it. And the next two mornings I promised I would pick people up at the airport at 7:30 am! I hope they don't mind the red nose :)

And oh yeah, there is a random person who has begun practicing their clarinet in our building. Thankfully they don't squeak too much. I could always get out my flute and have a duel with them.

OK, the cold is definitely killing brain cells.



I had just finished bagging Lexi's, um, "stuff" when I heard applause. I turned around to find two city employees cheering for me :) Apparently they clean up enough dog "stuff" that seeing a citizen do it themselves was worth breaking into applause. I find that pretty sad, because the city even provides free bags to collect said stuff in. Even though there is reportedly a 300 euro for leaving stuff behind, still, the sidewalks are minefields and I'm sure the city workers get tired of cleaning up after the dogs of Madrid.

But this post really isn't about dogs :)

Some days I tolerate Spain, some days I am ambivalent about it. But it's days like today, when I walk down the street having a conversation with the street cleaners, when they thank me, pet my dog and ask me where I'm from, that I love Spain. I love the banter and the interaction with Spaniards. It doesn't happen every day, but when it does, it's worth the wait.

Strange as it may sound, Spanish applause means a lot to me!


Where did the week go?

I certainly did not intend on leaving such an introspective post as my last post for a whole week, but I seemed to have blinked and it's Monday again! I had planned on blogging, maybe even every day. Uh huh. You can see how well that worked out for me!

In the interest of saving time and yet still making sure you have the crucial details of my exciting week, you're going to have to put up with a bulleted rundown.
  • On Tuesday we went out to see from friends that work at the E.C.A. And boy, it pays to be friends with the librarian, because we got to go over to the school library and check out books. Be still my heart.
  • On Wednesday, Amy and I got tons done. We went to Ikea and I got a new bin thingy to organize stuff in the kitchen, she and I had a meeting and planned our next service, I put my bin thingy together and then we had home group that evening.
  • Thursday was our day off and we had a relaxing day as a family; in the afternoon we went downtown and took the kids to see Ratatouille, which we all enjoyed.
  • Friday I took Nic to speech therapy, then spent the afternoon working on the church website. Amy and the Crulls came over for home-made pizza for dinner.
Looking at the list, it doesn't seem possible that there was no time to blog, but oh well! Hopefully I'll do better this week.