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Posted by Katherine Putnam on February 18th, 2010


“…when she warned me what people say: live your life until love is found…”

Well, I’ve made it through Carnaval! This week is a three day school week as we had off on Monday and Tuesday for Carnaval. I spent most of the weekend holed up at the Lindquists’ (who tell me they haven’t gotten sick of me yet, thank goodness), hanging out with the family, playing Dutch Blitz and Settlers of Catan, watching their dog destroy two of the six guinea pigs they bought for him, and participating in the most awesome Lord of the Rings marathon ever!

Monday we crammed close to 20 people into the Lindquists’ living room (with every window covered for appropriate movie viewing atmosphere) and from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm we watched the extended versions of the trilogy. We took brief breaks for saltenas, lunch and dinner, and small breaks at the halfway point of each movie, but other than that we were basking in the glory that is one of the (if not the) best movie trilogies ever. It was during this glorious marathon that I renewed my undying love for Meriadoc Brandybuck and Peregrin Took.

“They come in pints?” *** “The closer we are to danger, the farther we are from harm. It’s the last thing he’d expect.” *** “Still, I suppose the view must be quite nice from up there.” “Oh yes, it’s a quality establishmet. I hear the staff are very good.” *** “What about second breakfast? …What about elevenses? Luncheon? Afternoon tea? Dinner? Supper? He knows about those doesn’t he?” ***“Anyways, you need people of intelligence on this sort of mission…quest…thing.” “Well, that rules you out, Pip.”

Jumping about in completely random fashion: last Friday the ninth graders delivered the valentine’s from their fundraiser. They were particularly keen to know if I liked the card and rose I received from Chris. So nosy. I did like the gifts and was able to wear the rose all day by sticking it in the lapel of the awesome adventure jacket my dear friend Holly lent me.

 

Most of the girls (save Abbey who sees us too often to be affected) are obsessed with asking about our relationship and asking to plan our wedding. Chris and I hope that this interest can be an opportunity for us to (with God’s help) model a positive relationship for them. I’ve had a few opportunities already to speak honestly to the girls about relationships thanks to their obsession (and thanks to today’s chapel on Godly relationships). I hope to have a bigger opportunity to talk to them this semester…but more on that later.

What else? Today was the teachers’ turn to lead worship for high school chapel. Six of us played and sang (drummer, piano, bass guitar, guitar, guitar/singer, singer); I sang. We did You Are Holy (Prince of Peace), How Can I Keep From Singing by Chris Tomlin and Faithful by Steven Curtis Chapman. Lucky us, with the long weekend we only had one twenty minute practice before chapel this morning. I only hope I did okay; I couldn’t hear a blasted thing so I have no idea if I stayed on key or sounded horrible, etc. We’ll play again in three weeks or so.

I’m sure I’m missing something…oh yeah, food! Chris and I have been to Las Islas twice now and I am in love with trancapecho! Trancapecho is basically silpancho in sandwich form. What’s silpancho? Well, it too is delicious, but it magically becomes more so when placed on a bun. Silpancho is a base of rice and sliced potatoes, a large schnitzel-like piece of meat, all topped with an egg, diced tomatoes and onions. There’s even a facebook fan page dedicated to trancapecho–that’s how good it is. Although Las Islas is rumored to be a (fairly) unsafe place to eat we’ve survived thus far and plan to go back again soon. Maybe next time I’ll try anticuchos (grilled, skewered beef heart)!

For any and all readers: I apologize for the lag between posts and the disjointed, random nature of this one. I’ll strive to do better next time!

Cheers,

Katherine Elyse


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