Sunday, March 01, 2015

just you relax..............

steve in LA I've tried to email back but it says no such address. thanks for the note. I'm in Houston and on my way back to OKC by 9:30 hopefully. cheers

weekend break

hello from airport Toncotin!  I was supposed to leave at 1:00 pm and then out of houston to okc at 5:30pm.. BUT alas. our flight has been delayed arriving.... so NOW I am sitting around the airport with a very nice old missionary couple who hope to go back to Mexico tomorrow.
our departure is now going to be hopefully 2:55 or 3:30ish... and then the flight lasts just under 3 hours. SO I hope if I get back by say 6 or 7, then I can find a later flight to OKC at 8 or 9. crossing fingers here and praying to God!  I've flown back late to OKC before out of Houston so I know they have later flights I just hope that they have seats open on those flights. sigh.
my college cancelled classes Saturday due to snow and weather, it was a high of 37 today in OKC so I'm gussing the roads have cleared up enough for classes tomorrow. no more snow is forecast today so yup, I'll be back in classes. :)
the weather here has been BEAUTIFUL all weekend. very nice, the mountain air has been amazing and I've slept SO well each night.  after arriving down here THurs and meeting up with some former staff at the airport, my former boss who is now director of the school picked up up in a few vans and we make our way through the city and to Wendy's for lunch. sorry I know that doesn't sound exotic but it's quick and easy and familiar!  eventually made it back to the campus and said hi to more people, met new staff and teachers living in our old apartments..... after school got out, my hosts a married couple I worked with here and now help run the school took me home. I met a former students out for dinner later at this restaurant , supposedly the best 5 star place in Central America! ha they took me out for dinner and I got to meet her husband and baby. Great night!!! a view of the city below and excellent food etc.
Friday and went up to campus and met a former friend and teacher from the school and I brought a bunch of school supplies with me and distributed them to the teachers' mail boxes. I walked all over campus, saw old friends and greeting staff that continue to work there over the years... watched the students events (they had a half day field day).  anyway, eventually ate a lunch at the cafeteria and after all the students left, I walked down the road back to where I was staying, beautiful house, stopped off at the market store for bananas and Zambos chips.  took a bit of a nap I think and then waited for us to all leave for a big formal banquet dinner at 5pm. we let at 5 the dinner was at 6:30 which means in the culture here, a program and no dinner until 8:30pm. ha  again saw former students and staff.  One student I gave his mom a big hug and was amazed how much Spanish came back to me as we laughed and talked about everything, her sone came later because he'd been in surgery all day.  I taught him 7th and 8th grade and was very close to his class.  We hugged and spoke and caught up. he's a surgeon now here and will consider going to mexico to study to become a heart surgery specialist.  I told him I would be praying for his hands! was so great.
late night and back home up the mountain above the capitol city to where the school and teachers live.
Saturday, I called a private taxi which came up the hill to pick me up and take me downtown. These tasis were recommended because of the new danger here of regualr taxies and getting mugged. they are unmakred plain looking cars.  I called the service and in my best Spanish arranged for them to come pick me up at kilometer 9 by 9:30 am, ha and said just look for the only gringo standing on the street there. went downtown to busy central park, El Centro! I met a former student there at the national museum where they have a little sidewalk carfe, we cuaght up for a while then walked around el centro. (this is the same girl I met up while I was in Barcelona in 2008).  great time. she called the taxi service for me this time and by 12:30 I was in another car driving back up the hill.  the teachers when you live here, can't use such an expensive service althoughsafe and convenient. it cost about $15 but that's a lot when you are paid in the local money. most of them will use busses or buy cars or go with other teachers who buy cars.
a blast! well  Imade it back up the hill and was at the school for the days' events. last all afternoon up til about 6pm and then we went downtown to CHILI's for dinner.
hey I think my plane is boarding.ciao todos!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

where's the beach.........

fun times almost here.............

Ive' been going non stop. still out there? just work stuff. oh man!being on the committee for the course re design takes up some time, ti's got to the point of not just doing it at the meeting, but like brings stuff back to meetings. well I did get a work out in all the days I wanted last week. but this weekend I had my allergies hit badly. was taking pills and blowing it all weekend. took a tylenol allergy plus pm for tonight so I can breathe and sleep.tomorrow I'm taking a mucinex before work. I want to get rid of this before leaving for my trip on Thursday morning.
well anyway,so my busy weekend, i went up to work Friday morning, office hours all day, prepared to also get in my performance review, but when i sent it for review and she sent it back. I thought that was the review but she wanted it back again to review before the meeting, so anyway, we rescheduled.
then I thought I'd be grading my class's 83 essays, but no I had to clear up the deal with the review, then get some assignments from my other classes graded, and then I thought, okay I still have some morning time to start in on the papers. NOPE, I had to use publisher at work to start up a newsletter for my garden club . the meeting was saturday so the deadline is to get it out before the Feb meeting. UGH. I didn't get into doing much this time, just included the minutes from past meetings, the calendar for this year, and then 3 obits. got that done finally, and then instead of hitting those papers, I was thinking, dang I'm leaving after Wed and need to get all my work for the NEXT week turned in for copies. blah
I started grading paper by 2pm and then stayed late til 6:45 and left for home, boo hoo no gym time.
I have a story about Wed gymday, it's leg day, well I'm about 5 machines away on a leg extension machine waiting for the 27ish loooking trainer guy finish up with this highschool kid on the leg gurl machine.  I keep glancing over. and the thing is as they are trading turns, I see the trainer guy standing there at the side of this kid with his phone in front of his facce liek he's looking into it, but hes videotaping the kids butt on the leg curl as he's working out.  I was thinking, well maybe that's to review his form later, but then the guy had a turn, and then the kids again, and again, from as far away as i was I could see in the little corner of his phones screen the kids white shorts backside as he's doing leg curls.  well I thought mabey it's a training thing for review or maybe it's something weird. ha any thoughts. I'm not making that stuff up.
Saturday and SUnday I straight up just sat here and graded papers. I have 9 left but got disctracted by the oscars and the BBC's bake off on PBS.
I"m getting packed for my trip to Tegus. I'm getting more and more excited as it gets closer.  I've been given a project by my host to bring them some Crystal light raspberry packets. ha. I also have a baby blanket as a gift for a former student I plan to have dinner with her and her husband Thrusday night.  I had to find this silk scarf I got for a students I visited in Barcelona way back while I as living over seas teaching in Kabbull. I never got it shipped to Spain or when she lived in Belgium, but now she's back in Central AMerica so I'm bringing it to her in person after so many years. ha! while in that box under the bed in the guest bedroom, I was like you know what, I'm taking a rug with me too, I have a few awesome rugs in box that I brought abck from kabbul also, and so thought, I can't wait to see this one super nice and humble couple that lived across from the teacher apartments, and I taught 3 of their kids. so anyway i was like, thinking, I'm taking that rug to the velasquezes!!! I also have serveral boxes of Expo markers to bring to teachers, and a few books that is a devotional book I've had and followed for years now every morning, so I'm bringing 3 of those to maybe share with someone.  oh yeah all the ties I got on sale after Christmas. and the last thing I'll do is go to Panera Bread on Wednesday and get 3 ro 4 dozen bagels,and cheese spread, freeze them and take with me Thrusday morning, it's always a nice treat to get some American stuff when you're down there. I remember it well. lived there 3 years teaching 7th and 8th grade math and English at the missionary school I'm going to visit.
I have tons of stuff to do, and I hated not going swimming and doing chest today but I had to grade papers, and tomorrow we're doing an interview again, so I'll be there til 5:30 and then home etc etc.
I have to get things DONE for real so I'm ready, I might take a shot of my clothes I'm bringing with me just for kicks. cheers.

Friday, February 20, 2015

bizarre love triangle....

anyone ever watch this show "the Book Group", it was a scottish tv show I think? anyway, there are these pro soccer players' wives in the group, and one guy in the group starts working for one of them (they actually are sleeping together). and while in Spain training the guy is feeling neglected and meets this hottie Spanish guy... so it's sort of a funny language barrier thing going on. and then the weird twist at the end is the unfulfilled wife ends up befriending the guy who used to be with her husband. see what I mean by bizarre, and you were thinking New Order , weren't ya? ;) (ps if you watch the part 1 - 4 about macho character Rab, you see how he's sitting in book stores trying to hook up, connects with the husband, and then eventually this business.)