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

January 24th, 2010 at 03:43 am

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 13th, 2010 at 03:55 am

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 05:17 pm

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 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 11:27 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 3rd, 2010 at 03:12 am

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!!!), we found and bought 2, woo-hoo! That saves me the trouble of trying to find them in San Salvador!