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July 6th, 2018 at 05:30 pm

we have water...well, the lower part of the house has water! Pressure is still not good enough to get to the 2nd floor, but, hey, we can now wash dishes!!!!

Did I forget to pay something??

January 2nd, 2012 at 05:57 pm

I still have about $200 unallocated in the bank... hmmmm... I donīt want to touch it just yet (it would go to a cc) because I know that thereīs unpaid medical expenses from last October (the insurance company hasnīt sent me the invoice yet, but I know it is about $175) Once I know exactly how much I owe the insurance company, Iīll pay the rest to the cc.

Happy Birthday CPTACECK!

December 24th, 2011 at 10:14 pm

You didnīt think Iīd forget your special day this year, did you?? ... Happy birthday from sunny El Salvador!

I canīt make a wishlist?

November 24th, 2011 at 04:42 am

Somethingīs wrong with me! We are playing Secret Santa and were asked to make a wish list of 3-5 options, up to $20, to share with the group... so far, the only thing I can think is a couple of books... one is exactly $20, and the other ones are a bit higher, so they are out.. but I really canīt think of anything I really need or want at the moment...LOL! Never thought Iīd have THIS problem! maybe a small lamp for my night table, so I can read at night?...

We went to the Mayan ruins at Tazumal!

April 13th, 2011 at 05:26 am

it is about 2 hours from here (unless you get lost, of course! duh! and my horrible sense of direction!)...but we had a great time anyway!... entrance fee was $1 each for Ale and myself, $3 for our friend, as she is not a Salvadoran. We did buy lunch... $18 (for 3 people)... and gas was probably about $15. We also bought some water and snacks for the road. About $45 in total for 3 people to visit the ruins and have lunch..not bad, if you ask me! Oh, and my friend paid for the lunch and the entrance fees, so I paid only for the gas, water and snacks.

Ale is starting to study the Mayas at school, so it was the perfect time to go!

Hereīs a couple of pictures!

How are our Australian SAers??

February 3rd, 2011 at 04:14 am

Please report if you can!

I got the job in purchasing!

January 28th, 2011 at 10:17 pm

I just received a call, and they already let my bosses know.

job interview

January 26th, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Well,there's an opening in purchasing that I applied for in December. I had the interview today. I think it went well. I got the interviewers to laugh! Also, the interview was part Spanish part English, so they got to see I'm equally fluent in both! I think at least I'm a strong candidate, I also have the advantage of being "in" house already. We'll see how it goes.

butterflies in my stomach... again!

January 10th, 2011 at 05:08 pm

... you know the recurrent job offer that I keep getting, to relocate?? the one that I always entrust to God (so He blocks it if its a bad move for me, but so he allows everything to go smoothly if it is the best for me??) ... it came up... AGAIN!...slightly different, because I wouldn't be working with my friend, but with someone I don't know yet... although my friend still works in that same city, so...I just talked to the guy that would be my boss (if God so allows it)... he seems nice. We will meet this evening to chat over coffee and so I can give him my resume (yes, I could have sent it electronically, but I guess the guy wants to actually have a conversation with me before his meeting on WEd where he would put my name (or not) among the candidates... I mean, what if he were to place my name on the list, then met me and didn't like me?? right???...sorry, I'm rambling... I'm just freaking out...but I shouldn't. right? All other times, this has somehow failed through Divine Intervention (I got a good job offer where I had to either accept or reject the job on the spot, whereas I still had 2 more interviews at this place, they called someone else, they fired half the people at the Ministry, etc)... so I'm pretty sure if it's not convenient, it won't happen, but still...

Prayers needed for my niece, please!

January 6th, 2011 at 10:58 pm

sis just called, she says my niece is in great pain and she's taking her to the hospital... she thinks it might be her appendix. Please pray for my niece. On top of everything, my sis has no money and her medical insurance, through her office, won't cover my niece because she's already over 21, so she does not qualify. Also, because niece works as a "service provider" and not as an employee with the event companies she works with, she herself has no insurance and is not eligible for the social security hospitals (there is 1 company she works for that gives them temporary insurance while they are working long-term events, but wouldn't you know it? She finished her last contract last week!) Please, please, please, pray for her... national hospitals in third world countries are NOT nice!

Our Christmas pic!

December 27th, 2010 at 04:53 am

We take a picture in front of the tree every year! See how much Ale has grown! And in this picture, there's no doubt she's MY daughter, LOL! People always remark that she looks a lot like me, but generally when I look at her, I see the resemblance to her father, rather than mine... but not in this pic! (itīs my new favorite! LOL!)

Happy Birthday CPTACECK!

December 24th, 2010 at 08:03 pm

As always, hereīs a collage for your birthday!!!

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Brrrr! Merry Christmas!!!

December 24th, 2010 at 05:21 am

Merry Christmas fellow SAers... from sunny yet "cold" El Salvador.... brrrrrrrr.... I know, I know, Iīm a wuss! Itīs only 68°F (or 20°C) but THIS IS THE TROPICS!!! I own 3 long-sleeved shirts (cotton, of course) and 1 sweater (cotton, of course)... so now my feet are freezing and I canīt breathe! My letter to Santa reads something like this:

Dear Santa,
Kindly disregard any and all previous requests, all I REALLY, REALLY want is a new nose... and no, I don{t want rinoplasty (Sp?) Iīll settle for one that actually breathes!!

thanks bunches!


hope you at least had a laugh and I wish you all the best not just today, or tomorrow, or this month, but always!!!

for Ms. Frugalista!

December 12th, 2010 at 03:27 am

A picture of blue skies for you! I took this one at DDīs school, they have a couple of palm trees in their garden!

toy shopping spree!!

December 5th, 2010 at 03:41 am

No, I did not go crazy... We needed the following presents:
1. for Aleīs best friend from school (birthday)
2. for Aleīs best friend since Kindergarten! (Xmas)
3. to play Secret Santa at the dance school
4. for another friendīs birthday
5. for nannyīs grand-daughter

I got invited to a Toy Show at the hotel which the people at my office prefer when they come to the country...and I could use the points they gave me for their stays to buy at the Show! yay!...

I bought:
1. a really nice lunchbox, black and pink, with a fancy kitten wearing a crown on the front. (very "tween-esque"!)
2. a set of those little skateboards that seem to be all the rage among tween boys.
3. another lunchbox (I bought 2 identical ones)
4. I bought one of those balls that you can sit and bounce on
5. A doll with an extra set of clothes and a pair of matching plastic sandals for the owner of the doll!

And I also bought Ale a special 4-in-1 handcraft kit.

All these cost $42... not bad in itself... AND I had enough points for a $25 I only paid $17!!! Iīm happy!!! Smile

Iīll use Aleīs camera to snap a picture of the loot tomorrow!
Ale already packed one of the lunchboxes, but itīs identical to the one in the picture, anyway!

Pictures of the dance dresses!!

December 4th, 2010 at 03:00 am

Hereīs Ale as a droplet:

and here as a Torogoz (blue-headed mot mot)

The show was truly spectacular! It was really fun!

new glasses! - $123

November 30th, 2010 at 04:52 pm

went to order my multifocals (gulp)... they'll cost $123... great price, I think!... and I like the style... I should get them in 8-10 days...exciting!

Aleīs Christmas gift

November 28th, 2010 at 05:38 am

She wanted the littlest pet shop around the world set...12 LPS!! costs $49.90...ouchie! BUT, I got a $25 certificate from the Hiltonīs celebrity club (for making reservations)...and the day I went to get it it was on sale, so I ended up spending only $18 and cents...yay!
Thatīs about it, because this year she wanted to participate in 2 dances (jazz and ballet- they give you a good discount if you sign up for more than one class) and wanted to be in both dances at the Xmas pageant if possible, so I told her we could, as long as we made the additional dress part of her present. She agreed. The good thing is she gets 2 new leotards out of it (the school makes it a point to make the dresses in such a way that they can be worn as a leotard and separate pieces)... this time sheīll get a blue and yellow one,long sleeved, and a light blue one, short sleeved (sheīll be a torogoz and a drop of water...the theme is A Green Story)