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the cc company increased my credit limit!

August 19th, 2010 at 03:59 pm

That is happy news...they only do that when they feel you're not using it enough! LOL! I guess it terrified them to see that I had $1k available and figured if they increased the limit, I'd be tempted to buy something BIG! (eh, no! I don't NEED anything right now)... Smile

Straaaaange feeling!

August 12th, 2010 at 08:46 pm

All bills are paid, I have a bit over $1k available in my cc (not that Im planning to use it, but its nice, for once, not to be close to the limit!)... I have enough money to pay for my lab tests and for Ales uniforms (she needs PE uniforms and 1 more polo shirt)

I have 2 translation paymentes pending for this week... part will be saved for Ales TKD uniform...and for the next ballet slippers... the rest will go to the CC... and part will be saved to help with the move (if I ever find a decent place for the money I can afford!)


went to the neurologist today

August 10th, 2010 at 09:14 pm

Ive been getting a strange pain in my legs whenever I spend too much time sitting down and then trying to get up... this started 2 weeks ago, and last week was a holiday (yes, the whole week), so yesterday I made an appointment for today.

The doctor says my sacroiliac may be swollen, but says it might be something else. So he prescribed some medicines to help with the swelling and some tests...

The great news is he is part of the medical network of the insurance I have through my office, so the visit costs only $3!

BA, this made me think of you!

July 18th, 2010 at 08:49 am


Gotham City????

June 22nd, 2010 at 10:35 pm

As a friend says, this seems like Gotham City, but theres no Batman!!!!

Not even during the war did we see things like these!!! (yes, they did burn buses, but, they made everyone leave the bus first!)


Really, I dont even know WHAT to say...

Showtime 2010

June 19th, 2010 at 10:15 pm

A couple pics we took before Ales recital!
stage make-up!

outside of the theatre

if you're interested in a job in the DC area, look here!

June 10th, 2010 at 07:40 am

We received this list today and were asked to circulate it!

MCCs Current Vacancy Listing As Of 06/08/10 (for more info, you can visit www.mcc.gov

Senior Director (Fiscal Accountability), MC-0501-2d
Location: Department of Compact Implementation
Vacancy Announcement Number: MCC-10-0061-MP
NOTE: Open to Status Candidates
Open: 06/04/10 07/02/10

Senior Director (Fiscal Accountability), MC-0501-2d
Location: Department of Compact Implementation
Vacancy Announcement Number: MCC-10-0061-DE
NOTE: Open to All US Citizens
Open: 06/04/10 07/02/10

Associate Director/Director (Procurement), MC-1102-3b/3a
Location: Department of Compact Implementation/Procurement Division
Vacancy Announcement Number: MCC-10-0060-MP
NOTE: Open to Status Candidates

Open: 06/04/10 07/06/10
Associate Director/Director (Procurement), MC-1102-3b/3a
Location: Department of Compact Implementation/Procurement Division
Vacancy Announcement Number: MCC-10-0060-DE
NOTE: Open to All US Citizens

Open: 06/04/10 07/06/10
Managing Director (Administrative Services & Human Resources)
Location: Department of Administration and Finance/Administrative Services and Human Resources Division
Vacancy Announcement Number: MCC-10-0062-MP
NOTE: Open to Status Candidates

Open: 06/08/10 Close: 06/29/10
Managing Director (Administrative Services & Human Resources)
Location: Department of Administration and Finance/ Administrative Services and Human Resources Division
Vacancy Announcement Number: MCC-10-0062-AD
NOTE: Open to All Sources This is an Administratively Determined Excepted Service Appointment
Open: 06/08/10 Close: 06/29/10

"2 achievements in one day"

June 5th, 2010 at 10:59 pm

Ale's words, not mine.
Today she earned her yellow belt in TKD and she made brownies all by herself... which turned out to be BETTER than mine!! (she added 2x the amount of cocoa required!...that's cheating! )

Our new kitten!

March 13th, 2010 at 12:43 pm

still unnamed, but, definetely a male...as per the vet...

Here he is at the vet's for his very first check up, isn´t he cute??

And, this is Fiona inspecting him when he arrived home!

I've seen it all!

March 4th, 2010 at 07:16 am

Yesterday, members of 2 rival gangs had marches to protest a law that will send perpetrators of barbaric crimes to maximum security prisons... (yep, they torture, kill and dismember their victims, but think it's not fair to be sent to maximum security prisons?)...
I do understand that part of the issue is they are not allowed contact with their families and, that, I understand... but, really, here in ES, most extorsion cases are run from inside "normal" prisons, so...

It's not financial, but, it's just too much not to comment!

Oh, this is BAD!!!

February 23rd, 2010 at 08:56 pm

I´m listening to niece and sis having a big fight....
On the 18th, sis gave nice $383 and asked her to go the the bank and pay sis' loan... The money was in an envelop with sis name and loan # on it...She also gave her the cc account statement and money to pay for that...

Niece says she thought the envelope was bulky and awkward, so she took the cash out and cut out sis´lone #...

Sis got a call yesterday from the bank inquiring about the missing payment...

According to niece, while she was at the bank she had also requested a loan # from her workplace, because her supervisor had asked her to get him the loan # (it sounds very fishy to me!, but, stranger things have happened).... She then went to the teller to pay for sis' loan and inadvertedly gave him the wrong piece of paper... she claims she just picked up the receipt and left without checking it because she was in a hurry to get to the other bank to pay for sis' cc before closing time at 4pm

sis is histerical (and, with just reason) as there was no need for niece to be in a hurry, since sis gave her the stuff at 9am....(did I mention both banks are within 8 blocks of our house?)....

Niece says she already spoke to her supervisor and they will give her the money tomorrow night, so she will go pay for sis' loan on Friday....

she doesn't think that is too big a deal...it´s just a week! and It's not like she lost or spent the money!....

I do hope she's telling the truth, though, and that it doesn't turn out that she lent the cash to her loser boyfriend...because, then, the odds of getting that money back are really slim!!!

Sis just came in to ask if I had an aspirin!! can't blame her!!

Isn't it ironic?

February 10th, 2010 at 01:28 pm

I'm hiding from the bank. No, I don't owe then anything, but, they are intent on giving me "an additional credit line" for being "such a good and loyal customer"...

That means they want me to sign a new loan for $5,700 with them... of course, this is attached to my cc, although "it does not affect your cc balance"....

The problem is, I've told them NO at least 5 times, but, they keep insisting...so, now, when I see their number on my screen, I just don't pick up!
LOL! Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Ale asked for a special reward

February 9th, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Since she's worked really hard at improving her penmanship, she asked if she could have a special reward for bringing her grade up from a 60 to an 80... I said: depends on what you want...

what did she ask for??

A mechanical pencil!!

... total cost?? $1 (including refills)!

so, I said yes!...it is pink, of course!

You're already working on the birthday party???

January 23rd, 2010 at 07:43 pm

Ex hubby celebrated his bday with a luau at the beach... I saw the decorations and asked him if they were his or the party planner's, and asked if I could have them if they were his....
Well, he told the party planners and, they brought the decorations to his apt this week! Soooo... I got free decorations!!! woo-hoo!!

My niece saw them and thought I had bought them for Ale's birthday (in June!)...LOL!... Yes, we generally start buying waaaaaay before!

Oh, he also gave me 2 beach balls (they brought 3, but he kept one "because they were so much fun"...believe it or not, my daughter was NOT the only one playing with the beachballs at the pool!!...but, yes, she was the only one under 25!...and, I think the grown ups were having MORE fun than she did!)

Do your friends really like that? -- 3!

January 12th, 2010 at 07:55 pm

Well, time to revisit the homebaked goodies again!

My sister asked if the people to whom I gave homebaked gifts really like the stuff I bake... I guess the answer is YES!...

I´ve received 2 requests to bake some more!

1. from a woman from the office. I gave a couple alfajores to the people I have lunch with and, one of them shared with this other co-worker and, she came to ask if I could bake her 40 alfajores for her church group (10 bags of 4).

2. from óne of Ale's teachers, who asked Ale where we had bought the "delicious brownies" we gifted her, as she wanted to buy some for her boyfriend's birthday!

I have agreed to do both, but, asked them to please not spread the word as, really, I wouldn't have time to do this continually (it distracts from my translating... the alfajores, especially, the brownies are quick to mix, then they go into the oven and I can translate for about 40 minutes before taking them out of the oven!) I really couldn't do this ADDITIONALLY to the translations. I am just doing it as a favor and, since they didn't want to accept them as gifts, I'll charge them at cost (don't worry, I include gas/electricity and labor, I just don't make a profit!).

I just finished the brownies, the alfajores are for Friday...

Did I mention Ale wants me to knit her a hat?? I need 2 more pais of hands! LOL!

:( X 2

January 11th, 2010 at 09:17 am

Our little fish, Ojo Rojo, died this past Saturday... we found him belly up at 5pm... Ale loved that fish.

And, to make matters even worse, Tonio is missing. NO one has seen him since Saturday pm (dinner time)... we suspect the neighbor who threatened to poison him the other time, because it's not only Tonio, but a couple other cats that are missing, too! How can someone be so heartless?? ... Tonio wouldn't miss a meal, particularly not breakfast, when he gets his milk... it's also been awfully cold (for the tropics!) and, he wouldn't miss out on a warm comfy bed with a human blanket...er... human companion.


Ale want's to pass out some flyers, I don't think it'll do any good, but, I don't want her to feel like we didn't do everything we could... Frown

handmade gifts

January 7th, 2010 at 03:27 pm

Revisiting this concept because I gave my boss a gift for his newborn son: 3 pairs of hand-knitted baby booties.

He and his wife loved the booties and, his wife (they met here at the office) wrote to thank me for them and I said I was glad they liked them, to which she answered that they had loved them even more because they were hand-made. (My boss asked and I told him I had knitted them myself).

Sadly, not everyone recognizes how truly special a hand-made gift is. Lots of Ale's friends for example, hold the view that hand-made gifts are somewhat inferior gifts. Of course, they are 9 year olds, but, of course, too, mostly they have picked this attitude from the people around them.

I have tried to make Ale understand and, I think she finally got it. She "found" the baby blanket my mother crocheted for her and, asked if Oma had made it by hand. I told her yes, and she said: Mom, there are 106 squares in this blanket! That must have taken a LOT of time, she must have REALLY loved me!

Beach on Jan 1st!

January 2nd, 2010 at 07:12 pm

A friend invited us to overnight at her beach house from Jan 1st to Jan 2nd. Needless to say, we accepted! We had lots of fun. I haven´t been so relaxed in ages! Sleeping there was a new experience for Ale, and, she loved it!

She told us not to worry about the food, as there would be plenty of leftovers from Christmas Eve, so we just brought some sodas, ice and, of course, per my friend{s request, pinapple bars!

I stopped by the supermarket (THE supermarket, there´s only one in the area!) to buy some sun block, as we were out and, found they have a nice selection of beach wear, including shorts! (Ale has outgrown all of hers, so she had been asking me to buy her some, but, for some strange reason even local chain stores seem to be following US seasons, so, all you can find right now are long sleeved shirts, pants, sweaters and, even hats and gloves, but, no bathing suits or shorts!!!)...so, we found and bought 2, woo-hoo! That saves me the trouble of trying to find them in San Salvador!

Do your friends REALLY like that?

December 29th, 2009 at 04:28 pm

Sis hates sweets and desserts, cookies and chocolates, anything sweet, basically... so, when I bake for my friends, she just doesn't "get it" that I will go through all that work and that people actually enjoy the alfajores and the bars and the brownies....LOL!

Ale's pink tree!

December 25th, 2009 at 02:45 pm

Here it is! Ale's pink tree!

And, here WE are, in front of the tree.

I need to contact our landlady

December 23rd, 2009 at 09:18 am

We pay for all minor repairs on the house, first of all, because they are "normal wear and tear" repairs and, secondly, because, even with the increase, our rent is so low for this part of town (we pay $350, and houses in our neighborhood typically rent for $500)...but, the lightbulb in the kitchen is dripping (or,rather, water from the upstairs bathroom, which is right on top of the kitche, is collecting and dripping!...) Since the girls' bathroom had a leak, I assumed it was THAT. Eh...should have remembered I don't have good spatial sense, the girls' bathroom is actually over the dining room/living room area, the kitchen sits right underneath the shared bathroom!

So, anyway, since the guy had to come pick up his $$$, I asked him to look at it. He said they are closing today at noon for Xmas, so he couldn't start working on it, but, said this is a fairly common problem, explained what might be wrong and, said this typically costs between $100-$200, depending on how bad the problem is. Also, he said they will have to remove tile floors and maybe some of the pipes...this is a major repair. I will try to get the landlady to pay for it, but, if she refuses, then at least I need her authorization to change the floor tiles... (also, I would prefer that this be done by someone SHE trusts, it is her house, after all!)

Wish me luck!

Cinnamon bars- recipe

December 22nd, 2009 at 07:51 pm

This recipe was in an old book of my Mom's, under "resistant cookies", meaning they are long lasting and will travel well!

1 cup raisins
1/2 cup of water
1/2 cup margarine
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 cups sifted flour
1 teaspoonful baking poweder
1 teaspoonful (ground) cinnamon
1/4 teaspoonful (ground) nutmet
1 teaspoonful vanilla
1/2 cup finely chopped nuts (I used almonds, as Ale prefers them)

Boil the raisins for 5 minutes, then let cool.
Cream the margarine with the sugar, ad the eggs one by one, the raisins and the vanilla. Sift all dry ingredients together and add them together with the nuts.

Place in a mold, greased and sprinkled with flour. Bake at 176°C (~350°F) for 15 minutes.

Let cool completely before cutting in squares. Yields 3 dozen, approx.

See? My kind of recipe! Super easy, and fast! (not to mention delicious!)

New Year's dinner!

December 22nd, 2009 at 02:47 pm

Yes, I know, we haven't even had Xmas dinner yet!
But, today we went to a luncheon with the people that give us translations and, both sis and I each won a $15 gift certificate redeemable at the supermarket...so, there's our New Year's dinner! Yay!

487 children murdered in 2009

December 22nd, 2009 at 07:47 am

(and, the year isn't over yet!)

Things like thise really anger/ sadden me!

White belt with yellow stripe!!

December 18th, 2009 at 07:38 pm

Ale passed her test today... not unharmed, unfortunately, she got a kick to the side of the face!

Later, she said: Mom, that kick DID hurt!but, it didn't put her off TKD, so it's ok, I guess...

She will get her new belt, diploma and a CD of the whole thing next week!

Of course, I'll bore you with it...er, share it with you! Wink

home baked gifts!

December 17th, 2009 at 02:53 pm

I baked some cinammon bars, brownies and alfajores for Ale's teachers. Everyone at home looked at me as if I were losing my mind!!

I bought some (small) tin cans at the dollar store and, yesterday night (or, should I say this morning?) I was up until 1am finishing the alfajores and preparing the boxes (today is the last day of school!)... each tin had 2 cinnamon bars, 2 brownies and 4 alfajores ... once they looked at the cookies in the tins, the tone at home changed to> oooh, that looks fancy!

I also packed some in tin foil for the nannys and the guard at school, about the same amount of cookies, just no tin...
the store didn't have enough, and, I really didn't feel like looking for more!

Great day for freebies!!!

December 15th, 2009 at 01:21 pm

Ale will have her "change of belt" test this friday, at the tae kwon do academy...cost: $20. The employee coop handed out our Xmas "bonus": $20

(Yay, unexpected money!!)

Ale wanted to go to a magic show, but, tickets were not for sale, one had to "earn" points to buy the tickets through (paid) text messages to one of the local cellphone companies... none of us at home has a phone with THAT company, so.... too bad, right? WRONG! This is the company that has the office cellphone plan,and, I mean the WHOLE office, not only MY office!!... so they brought lots of tickets to be distributed among employees on a first come/first served basis... guess who got tickets for tomorrow's show?? Yep, I did!!! ... the message stating they had the tickets came at 2:24pm, and at 2:36pm, they announced they were out of tickets!

I'm soooo happy!

Ale still doesn't know!! shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

She's going to be so happy!!

MY Christmas gift....

December 11th, 2009 at 09:08 pm

Well...I really can´t think of anything I want/need...well, yeah, I need to finish fixing my teeth, but....

I´m thinking about getting myself a book. I really do believe one can´t have enough books... I truly am a voracious reader!!...

The advantage of the translations is that they also help curve the book cravings! LOL!...

The problem is, sometimes I find so many books that I want, I end up getting none...

There´s a new bookstore in town... I´ll have to go check it out!!

Ale as a flame!

December 5th, 2009 at 07:50 pm

We went to Ale's Xmas ballet recital...
They did an adaptation of the Little Match Girl.

Ale was a flame.... here's a picture

Oh, and, this time, she did dance in unison with the others...progress!! Yay!! (She ALMOST missed it, but, recoverd on time!)

migraine averted!

December 4th, 2009 at 10:43 pm

I had "that feeling" today...the heaviness and "cloudiness" that come before the pain...I took my pill, just like the doctor said: BEFORE the pain... after about 30 minutes... I felt normal!!! Yay! No migraine...

((sigh)) if only the pills didn´t cost $13 each!

But, I have been having migraines more frequently lately, so my sister will get me an appointment with her neurologist. He has his private practice, but is also Chief of Neurology at the Social Security Hospital, so, I can go see him at his private practice and pay $35 if I need emergency care (getting an appointment through the SS system would take at least 3 months), but, can make regular appointments at the SS hospital ("free")to have a full check up so that I have a file at the SS hospital and, if I ever need it, I could get the CAT Scans and other exams done there.

Sorry, I know this is not very clear, but, for one, you´d have to know how the SS works here (let´s just say one of my former bosses, an American, used to call it the Social Insecurity! AND, they have been known to remove healthy kidneys and legs-- Someone hung the X rays the wrong way!!! and other stuff like that...the stuff of horror movies!...) People opt to pay for healthcare, if possible, even if they are covered by SS...

On the other hand, is 12:43 and I{m too sleepy to make any sense!

good night, everyone!

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