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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

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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!)

Text is http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/06/21/el.salvador.bus.attack/index.html and Link is

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...

Text is http://www.laprensagrafica.com/el-salvador/departamentos/97818-exigen-no-ser-recluidos-en-maxima-seguridad.html and Link is
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!