By the grace of God.
Had a great conversation with Graciela in the morning about everything from ill parents to weddings to free concerts. She told me about a place near Buenos Aires that I'd really like to visit sometime. Villa Gesell was founded by German immigrants (the Gesell family) who planted thousands of pines along the six plus square miles of sand dunes they bought on the Atlantic coast and, in the words of Wikipedia, it has been a popular tourist destination since the 1940s. During the summer there are free concerts every night. AND free camping but you have to get your reservations in early!
I also learned a new cultural tidbit in Spanish class. While in the U.S. we use the phrase "single mother" to denote anyone raising their kids alone, whether single, divorced or widowed, here that phrase is used only when referring to mothers who have never been married. Good to know so I (hopefully) won't embarrass myself by using it inappropriately.
Toward the end of our Bible study with Nestor and Graciela, an older man stopped by who sometimes hires Nestor to help him. He's a sign maker and Nestor does specialty woodworking. He was meticulous and kept telling Nestor to "make a note" as he went over what he wanted him to do. Graciela told us later that he takes his work very seriously, and pays attention to every little detail. Anyway, the point is that this man is 82 and amazingly spry. He's from Cosquin (across the lake) but yesterday he traveled into Cordoba, then came to Carlos Paz before heading back to Cosquin. Without a car. He took buses where he could, walked where there were none -- over 100 km altogether. Eighty-two years old! I want to be like him when I grow up.
I spent a portion of yesterday trying to pick out new frames. I need new glasses and thought I had it all figured out, had gotten input from my kids and sister-in-law a week or so ago and ultimately chose a really cute pair. Then yesterday morning found out I couldn't have them because they're too thin for bifocals. Bifocal lenses apparently have to be at least 32 mm high. Not a single pair of frames in my "selection pool" were tall enough. Totally back to the drawing board. Looking only at frames with lenses 32 mm tall AND paying careful attention to the width of the lenses/frames as well. I have a small face and don't want frames that are so large they look ridiculous. It wasn't easy finding lenses high enough and yet not too wide. Ugh.
It looks like I'll end up with a pair that's almost a twin of my current glasses.
It's either that or go with a pair of retro aviator frames. I say retro but they're not which is why I won't choose them.
That and I don't look good in them.
I really wanted cool new frames.
After deciding I had
Which wasn't that hard since I spent most of the day trying to communicate in a foreign language and that's a rather time-consuming project all by itself.
I realized yesterday that we're going away this weekend and I'm not altogether sure we'll have internet. So I may or may not participate in Project 365 on Sunday. If I can figure out how to do auto-post maybe I can get it ready Friday before we leave. Anyone have any words of wisdom or instructions on how to do auto post? (Is that even what it's called? You know, when you set it up so it posts automatically at a specific, pre-determined time.)