Monday, August 30, 2010

Monday Meanderings

It's been a while since I meandered on a Monday, but while I wait for photos to upload to flickr, I thought I'd do a quick post.

I'm uploading photos because after two years, thousands of photos and dozens of videos, my Macbook is pretty much out of memory and I'm DESPERATE to make space. It takes a while, especially when the internet is sketchy; every time it "burps" and goes down -- even for just a few seconds -- it causes the upload to stop abruptly. I've actually been working at this off-and-on for months. Recently I decided I needed to stay on top of the project and GET'ERDONE. I started with the oldest photos and am working my way forward. Over the weekend I cleared over 3 GB and am up to April 2009. Go Me!

After being so hot last week, it started cooling off on Sunday and today it's:
By the weekend it should shoot back up into the 70s and stay there. Average September temps: mid 70s. How perfect is that?!

Has anyone seen the British version of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition? It's called DIY SOS. The host is no Ty Pennington but gotta love those British accents :)

My daughter scored some amazing deals on craigslist over the weekend and I'm a little GREEN with envy -- she totally scored that RED couch [plus loveseat] I've always wanted! :)  Kyle's folks also found them a cool retro kitchen table; the kind with a chrome base and bright red top.

Remember the odd assortment of stuff we want/need that I mentioned recently? My friend Katie is packing for us today; fitting it all into one piece of luggage to send with our other friend who flies out Wednesday.

He'll be attending Instituto de Palabra de Vida this year and once he arrives on Thursday he'll head straight to school just outside Buenos Aires. We've been working on the logistics of getting bedding and towels to the school for him to use, and figuring out how to get that suitcase to us. We just missed being able to send the box of bedding with a friend from Sta. Rosa who went to Bs. As. last Thursday night. But miss him we did so Ivan sent the box via overnight bus yesterday and our co-workers' son (also a student at P de V) was going to take the bus into the city to pick it up today, since we could only get it as far as the Capital Federal (downtown). We're hoping our friend from Sta. Rosa will be able to bring the suitcase back for us; just not sure if he'll still be there when it arrives from the U.S. Timing is everything!

Ivan's working with the architect on ideas; not just for the house but how to best utilize the property long term. Skype chats and e-mails have been flying back and forth. We haven't actually bought the land yet; hoping to be able to do that in the next couple of weeks. It's a much more involved process than it would be in the U.S.

Have had some discouraging set-backs with the ministry. Resting in the knowledge that God is in control and just calls us to be faithful.

Ivan stopped by the municipality today and picked up more free seeds. We missed having a winter garden this year; we were just too busy. But we're anxious to have a spring and summer garden and with the weather as nice as it's been, we think we can put it in fairly soon. I'll also be planting the dill seed that friends brought from the U.S. a few months ago. I'm SO excited about that! I want to make dill pickles since you cannot find them here, but I couldn't find dill either and knew I'd have to grow my own.

I could meander some more but have other stuff I need to get done, too. If only the housework would do itself!


The Bug said...

I love dill pickles, but boy my dad hates them. We tease him all the time - it's unAmerican to hate dill pickles!

Is Ivan feeling any better?

If you're comfortable, could you send an email about the ministry? It can be vague - just want to know how to pray.

skoots1mom said...

lots of meanderings...eager to see tina's furniture!
Ivan better?

Kathy said...

I've enjoyed reading your Monday meanderings. It's so strange to read the comings and goings of someone a half a world away...I guess we don't realize the things that we take for granted, like dill picles. I assumed everyone had them. Thanks for sharing, I enjoy reading your blog. (Kathy)

rita said...

Haven't done much meandering/memorying/blogging since I went back to teaching. Still trying to get everything together. Just got into Campus e-mail today, and they tell me there's a contract awaiting my signature, and I'm trying to figure out Blackboard online. But the classroom part is great! Tired and hungry after, though.
I also want to know more about Ivan's health and what else is going on.