Archive for December, 2005

Last Day in Nicaragua

Today is our last day in Nicaragua and I have seen much.

Sleeping on a mat on the floor in the orphan´s school, underneath the chalkboard where each night I pick the bugs out of my bed. Listening to the stories of men who participated in the revolution and fallout during the 80´s here. Sitting on the dirty tile floor at night to have the orphans crawl and compete to sit in my lap, craving to be held at night. Visiting a barrio so poor, you see home´s no bigger than a pantry, made of scrap metal, where children sleep in rags on the dirt floor. Walking into the last minutes of the funeral mass of one of the ministarios of the Nicaraguan President, only to see the poor people corner the politicians outside the Cathedral asking why they still have no food to feed their children. Traveling through Rivas, San Jorge, Masaya, Managua and Granada on the back of a truck, I have seen much.

There are so many stories to tell, don´t let me forget this when I return.


I told myself in May, when I first applied for this trip, I’d blog about it if I were accepted. When I was accepted in August, I told myself I wouldn’t mention anything until I got the time off work. When I got the time off work, I said I’d write about it once the tickets were booked; I doubted it would really happen. Once the tickets were booked in early December, I really just never got around to writing about it. Most of you know, but in case you hadn’t, didn’t want to leave the country without mentioning anything.

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas, guys!!

May your day be filled with much love, holiday cheer, cheesey Christmas tunes, and blinky colored lights.

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Holiday Rush

Like most, I’ve been oh so busy. Sorry for the lack of posts. It’s hardly due to a lack of things to write about. (And oh what things to write about!) But alas, not now. So for the moment, as I’m crunched for time to plunge into that much-neglected retrospect, here’s a Flickr slideshow that’ll display my most recent photos as I upload them. It’s like an up-to-date photographic peak into my life!

In other words, I’m completely cheating with this whole blog thing.

And with that–2 more days left at Atlas, 4 more days left ’til Christmas, 5 more days ’til Nicaragua.

A lot ahead, to say the least.

A Long Awaited Weekend

Well this week was rather long, namely due to a series of events to attend and prepare for, coupled with an ear infection of all things. Gah. But alas, Friday afternoon came, and I was truly looking forward to the weekend.

It’s the end of Atlas Holiday week at work, everyday at 4PM for a week, it was drinks and snacks at our other building a few blocks up. Been so busy at work, was only able to make 2 of the 5 holiday week shindigs, but Friday’s cheese and wine had to be hit up. Afterward Ryan picked me up and we went shopping at Costco for today’s INFO Christmas dinner. I don’t know what I would do without Costco.

Afterward we had dinner at his place (a Costco honey mustard pork and potatoes thing) and went out to Target. I love Target. Got some Christmas gifts out of the way, in addition to buying an extra table for INFO Christmas, looked at a bunch of snowman stuff, and we were on our way. It was a fun night.

Saturday I slept in. It was glorious. And so was the weather. Just been having these gorgeous sunny crisp days here lately. I took a ferry over to Port Orchard for the day, to spend some time con la familia. The ferry ride was particularly pretty, that and my pumpkin scone and Starbucks caramel apple cider, really made my morning.

At home my mom taught me how to cook pancit. It’s amazing watching my Mom cook. Afterward ate lunch with my Mom, Dad, Tita Rose, and Lola. Hung around the house chatting with my parents, until I convinced my Dad to stop watching Rambo and come out shopping with me.

Ah, good old Silverdale. Got new glasses. Did Christmas shopping. And had dinner at Arby’s with my Dad. Good times. Came home later in the evening where Jules picked me up from the ferry and I wrapped presents by our Christmas tree.

Just got back from Red Robin now with Ryan and just getting some things done before tonight’s celebrations. And ah it’s the 4th week of Advent. I feel like I have so much to write, but just haven’t gotten around to it. And only 7 days ’til Christmas, 8 days ’til Nicaragua. Anyway, I gots errands to run.

Okay okay okay

The blog is back up.

The original template is a Blix Theme by Sebastian Schmieg. Not done messing with it yet, as I kinda want to change the colors. But I figured if it doesn’t go up now, it never will. I blame my fabulous fun-filled life. 8)

Oh, and Happy Holidays, everyone.