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some things ARE priceless!

November 29th, 2009 at 05:29 am

Went to a newborn turtle release today! ... Ale and I each released 2 baby turtles...Now we have 4 additional reasons to love the sea!!
"sponsorship" costs $1 (meaning: watching the little ones get released is free... if you want to actually hold the little one in your hand and put it in the sand, it costs $1... SOOO totally worth it!!!) Here´s a picture of our first 2 little ones racing towards the waves! (I have to remember to check the batteries next time!)...


You have to place the little ones in the wet sand, not in the surf, otherwise, they won´t recognize the beach when they come back, in about 15 years (IF they make it!) ...
These are "golfinas" and, they grow up to 70 cms (2.3 ft) and can weigh up to 40 kilos (88 lbs).

Ale is already thinking about her 10th Bday party!

November 20th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

Talk about advance planning! Her birthday is in JUNE!!!

She decided she wants a pool party (yep, it's about the right age for pool parties).

And, now, she wants a luau-themed pool party.... who knows what she may come up with in 6 months!!

Oh, well. That'll give us time to look around, get some ideas, find the most inexpensive ways to implement them... plus, with a pool, you really don't have to do much in the way of entertaining!

Christmas list- revisited

November 18th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

Ok. In light of the latest development with the car, I need to revise the list (not that there'll be much to cut, rather, it will grow longer, because I forgot to add Ale's teachers!)

1. Ale - new bike - No change, as this didn't include cash
2. Sis- I an aromatherapy massage!- again, no cash involved
3. Niece- no idea yet
4. Nephew- no idea yet
5. Nanny and family- pending
6. My best friend's son

7. Ale's teachers (about 7 gifts) No problem, a couple weeks ago I had decided to give them boxes of baked goodies and, had actually purchased some very nice Christmas tins at the Dollar Store ($1.25 each)... I don't really need to buy anything extraordinary to make some mini-brownies, almond bars and alfajores...

$971!!!

November 17th, 2009 at 11:10 pm

This is what the repair will cost... that, plus 5 days of cab fare to pick Ale up at school... I'll call the cab company and ask them to give me a special discount (it's quite a normal thing here, actually)... but, still....

Again, God anticipates my needs...there go the $700 from an additional translation at the beginning of the month, for which I'm still awaiting payment.

(hopefully, it'll get paid before Saturday, when the car will be ready, if not, I'll have to charge it then repay it... $300 of course, will be paid in cash from my EF)

((sigh))

Ugh, the car...again!

November 16th, 2009 at 06:54 pm

... it figures, I started replenishing my EF (put $300 in it) and, now the car broke down again!...We'll see how hard the EF gets hit...I just hope it doesn't get wiped out completely!!!

Oh, well, at least I have $300 in cash, if needed.... ((sigh))

more work!

November 14th, 2009 at 05:57 am

the dubbing company's got a new customer!!
That means more work!!

My sister has started doing translations for them, too... she got 2 scripts for this month... we'll see how it goes...

Well, gotta go, it's 11:57pm and, I'm sleepy!!

Just wanted to share!!

Donations

November 10th, 2009 at 02:57 pm

I managed to find some blouses and t-shirts to donate. I also found 4 pairs of shoes in good condition...not like new, but, good (they don´t fit anyone I know, so I just kept them in the back of my closet, but never got around to putting them in the car--as I could then have given them to one of the many poor people I encounter around the city). We generally give Ale´s old clothes to Nanny's granddaughter, so she didn´t have much she could donate, except some underwear.
We packed the whole lot and Ale took it to school. They will collect stuff and then take them to one of the aid centers in the city.

So many people were left destitute and, now we have a cold front (well, cold for us!) coming over the weekend... Frown

Internationally, if you want to donate, you can do it through
http://www.sahf.org//

Also, cities with large salvadoran expat populations (think LA, Washington, Houston) are having events to collect stuff and/or money to send.



Please pray for El Salvador!!

November 9th, 2009 at 05:21 am

It seems that international news still hasn´t picked this up:


http://www.elsalvador.com/mwedh/nota/nota_completa.asp?idCat...

Heavy rains have caused a national disaster! Thankfully, the area where I live is ok, we are safe, but, many people have died and, many more have lost absolutely everything! Frown

my Christmas list

November 6th, 2009 at 07:18 pm

1. Ale - new bike - I think I can get (at least most of) the $$$ via gift certificate from the hotel where our visitors stay.
2. Sis- I think I have enough points left over for an aromatherapy massage!
3. Niece- no idea yet
4. Nephew- no idea yet (am I a horrible human being for wanting to buy him something he can't possibly sell?)
5. Nanny and family- pending
6. My best friend's son

That's it, my list is very small!
Hmmmm. I think I should add myself to that!
7. a book (have a couple in mind)

We made Lonely Planet's Top 10!!

November 5th, 2009 at 08:09 pm

El Salvador is one of lonely Planet's Top 10 best places to visit!!

I couldn't quite believe it when I saw it in the local newspaper, but, here it is!

http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/World-News/Lonely-Planet-Ra...