Monday, July 30, 2012

annual college reunion beach trip


It was a little hectic getting down to the beach on time, but sweet hubby and I managed to arrive the night before the friends and babies were due to fill up the beach house. (We arrived from Chile, unpacked, repacked, and headed out in the same day!)

This year, there were no last-minute trips back home to cope with the house being broken into -- thank you, thank you, thank you, Mr. House-Sitter!
We played hard all weekend, and this morning, in the rain and thunder, the friends headed home.
We watched movies on the big screen, played some putt putt, swam at the beach, kayaked, went for a boat ride, and had a picnic on a private beach.


Thursday, July 26, 2012

I am....

back in the states!

at the beach!

waiting on some college buddies and their families to arrive.

hoping sweet hubby won't be grouchy when I wake him up to help me clean this house before the friends and families arrive.

getting happy about going back to school in a few weeks.

happy to be in the hot weather again, rather than freezing my toes off in the snow.

excited for boat rides and sunshine!

glad the car place still had my tire, five weeks after my daddy had dropped it off to be repaired and I left the country.

still praying for the MacGregors, who have finally received a diagnosis -- Graft vs. Host disease, attacking all of Mr. MacGregor's muscles, including his heart and lungs. Treatment for GVHD has begun, but I'm unsure what the response to it so far has been.

probably too excited that today is payday.

surprised that my mama had an architect draw up plans to add bedrooms to the beach house, so that we'll actually have enough rooms for all of the newly married couples.

almost ready to start wading through the pictures from our visit with sweet hubby's family, but still feeling a little daunted by the enormity of the task.

still thinking in Spanish.

What are you doing?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

hard times

My dear, dear travel buddy is losing her father.

He was diagnosed with pre-leukemia a while ago, and endured several different treatment options to change his blood counts and reverse the course of the disease.

The major complication, throughout his treatment, has been a decline of mental stability.

He was diagnosed as schizophrenic a whole so, which wasn't a huge surprise to those who knew him well, and also fits hereditarilly with my travel buddy's twin.

The situation has progressed, and I've just been informed that the family is all together, at the ICU, waiting for her father to have a permanent release from the increasing confusion and delirium that has played him since February, when he received a bone marrow transfusion.

In short, the doctors don't know what is causing the increased mental problems, although they have done every imaginable test and many of them twice.

This is a very hard time for my travel buddy and her family. If you pay, please pray for the MacGregors.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

i am...

Wearing my teal blue snow suit and about 75 other articles of clothing, too.

Drinking navegado rico beside the wood stove.

Enjoying having the lights on in a town that has been dark for several electrician father-in-law knows how to create a back-up system!

A little bit bummed to have lost my first chance to run in several days to snow.

Looking forward to the pictures of our excursion to the country, where the road were almost frozen and the snow kept falling.

Waiting for the asado that the menfolk are preparing for supper, yum!

Starting to think that the emails I send from my tablet don't actually get sent, which could be why I haven't heard from my mama in over a week.

Getting excited about seeing the cat and going to the beach in a few weeks.

Monday, July 2, 2012


This trip has been a rollercoaster ride so far. Great times spent with family and friends followed by long stretches of frustration. Such is life in Latin America.

We arrived to RAIN. RAIN rain RAIN rain RAIN.

Several days later, we finally had some sun, so we headed up to Lonquimay, a town near a volcano. Since it was Sunday, nothing was open. We wandered back down the mountain to Malalcahuello, and treated ourselves to a night in a five star hotel with a thermal pool. That is definitely one of the highlights so far.

Another fun time was spent in Temuco with sweet hubby's best friend and his future wife. I discovered an amazing initiative in some of the parks here....outdoor, one size fits all, workout machines. There was what seemed to be a complete set at the park in Temuco. Here in Curacautin, there are only two machines, outside of the local hospital. Prior stared at me like I was the most peculiar thing they had ever seen the day I decided to use them after a run.

That has been hard, too. I'm planning to run a combined half marathon in a couple weeks, and it is almost impossible to train for it. It is very cold snowed yesterday. There is NO culture of exercise here, so my in-laws think I'm some kind of novelty when I do manage to go out for a jog. Also, every single make I come across has to acknowledge my presence, by either whistling, honking, or making an obscene comment. One day, I was so lucky as to have a whole high school full of boys scream things like, "casate conmigo guachita rica"....I'm already married, thank you very much.

The other thing that seriously grates on my nerves is the constant questioning about when we plan to have children. As you probably already know, so far sweet hubby and I are unable to have children, which has not been easy on my mental health to begin with....and the constant questioning is about to drive me over the edge. Good had been good, though, and my mother-in-law, who used to ask insistently, over and over, "Cuando me vas a dar un hijo?" actually has not asked AT ALL. I suppose sweet hubby's threat that I would leave if she mentioned it actually made it through. It bothers me that the shortest answer and surest way to change the topic when people ask is to tell them that we're my opinion, it's not anyone else's business whether we are trying or not, whether we want kids or not, why we haven't had them yet...people live their lives a million different ways for a million different reasons.

When we are out and doing things, I'm having fun. When we are stuck in the house because of the cold, for long periods of time with bad tv s and not much to do, I'm struggling. Three more weeks to go!