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Oops!

It has been exactly a month since I last updated…oops. Life has been busy. Let’s see, an update for the month of May…

I went home the first weekend in May and we got some wedding stuff done. I had ordered my dress online and it was waiting for me when I got to the house, so one of the first things I did was try it on, of course! 🙂 It fits pretty well, but as soon as I have my shoes, we’ll take it to get some alterations done.

We went to see Heather’s last play. It was interesting. 🙂 Yay for Heather and her graduation and all that! Also saw Margaret play some baseball which she was pretty excited about!

Sunday we went to talk to the florists and the cake baker – pretty excited to see how both of those turn out because I gave them a lot of free range within some basic guidelines…

The next weekend, Mom and Dad came down to celebrate Mother’s Day. We went to Arlington National Cemetery which was pretty interesting, came into DC to go to the American History Museum, went to a pretty good seafood restaurant for dinner, and watched the Pens beat the Caps (on TV) all in one day. On Sunday, we went for a short hike at a park near Matthew and had a cookout for dinner – it was pretty nice. That evening was the first Latino music festival for the season, so we went to that. One of the groups (the group Elvis really wanted to see – they’re from Guatemala) didn’t show up, so we went to see them at a club (for free) later that night.

The past two weekends we’ve stayed in College Park, but that doesn’t mean we’ve been relaxing. I don’t actually remember what we did 2 weekends ago, so it might have been relaxing?

Last weekend, we went shopping at the second hand store and Elvis bought a GINORMOUS television for $70. It’s like 5′ x 3′. So that meant we had to rearrange the whole living room area in order to fit the TV in. That took all day. That night we went to hang out with his friends, saw Heather’s new baby and were there until 1am or so. Sunday, we went to see 2 soccer games, had a cookout in the backyard in between, Elvis got his haircut and then we both passed out. Pretty exhausting.

Monday we got up and went for a 12-ish mile bike ride which was pretty neat, but my butt’s still sore. In the afternoon, we went to relax at Sandy Point (first trip this summer!), which was pretty amazing. The water was still a bit chilly, but nowhere near as cold as it was when we were in Ocean City!!! Elvis tried to fish for a bit, but didn’t have any luck and then it started to rain so we came home. It was a good day off, though!

Somewhere in there, Jenna and I went looking for bridesmaids dresses, found some and decided to let the girls pick their favorite of 3, so not all of the girls will have the same dress, but they’ll be the same color. I think it’ll look fine! Who knows, they may even all end up picking the same one, haha!

I’m headed back to Brazil tomorrow! For only 1 week this time, but all is well. This has been another massive update from beckaanne. Until next time!

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Camping trip #2

 

Thursday a friend of Elvis called and suggested we go camping for the weekend.  After a quick trip the grocery store (more like 4 quick trips to the grocery store) and 2 cars full of stuff later, we were on our way back to Tuckahoe (where Elvis and I went camping the weekend of my birthday).

 

Luckily the rain held off long enough on Friday for us to get the tents set up and a fire started, but we were mostly drenched by the time the food was actually cooked.  The good part about the rain was that it kept the bugs away!  After we ate some carne asada and tamales, we played cards in my tent for awhile before turning in for an early bed time.  

Saturday we were up and at ’em pretty early.  Luckily there was no more rain the rest of the weekend.  We walked from the tents to the lake (which didn’t seem nearly as far this time as it did the last time), rented canoes, fished and ate.  I won the fisher(wo)man of the weekend award as I caught over 20 fish!  Almost every time I casted, there was a bite at the other end.  For a little bit, the pole I was using had 2 hooks on it and a couple of times I pulled out 2 fish with 1 cast!  We fished until sometime in the afternoon when we headed back to the campground, made lunch and showered.  We played cards, listened to music and relaxed until Chicha showed up a little bit later.  Then we made dinner and sat around the fire telling jokes and chatting until we ran out of firewood.

Sunday Chicha wanted to go fishing again, so after breakfast we headed down to the lake and river.  The fish weren’t biting nearly as much as they had the day before, though Elvis and I still managed to catch a handful before we were bored of fishing.  We rented a canoe and a kayak and, after I taught the boys some maneuvering, everyone had a turn in each.  It was interesting watching them change places in the canoe and switch from the canoe to the kayak in the middle of the lake, but they made it safely!  The boys also rescued a family who got their boat stuck on a tree in the “flooded woodland” section of the lake.  After we had had enough, we ate some lunch and headed to Sandy Point (again).  We swam for a little bit before we got into a volleyball match with 3 guys from India.  We kicked their butts, so they went to find some friends.  What really happened was we ended up with 7 a side, which caused too much confusion and ended up with a bunch of people who didn’t really know how to play, but that’s okay.  We ended up winning the first game and losing the second two, but who’s counting?  It was cool, though, because they were speaking Hindi, we were speaking Spanish and the common language was English.  I think we ended up with 3 Americans, 2 Guatemalans and 9 Indians playing…cool stuff.

Yesterday was work and kicking Elvis’s butt in basketball.

Today back at work then to the soccer field.

I wish the election were over already.

Here's one of my (slightly edited) favorite pics from the weekend.

Here's one of my favorite (slightly edited) pics from the weekend.

a day in the life

Since it’s been almost 2 weeks since I have updated, someone might think that I would have something interesting about which to update.  Wrong.  This is what has happened:

August 22 – 26:  Took 3 days off of work and went home for Grange Fair.  (Pictures here.)  Highlights – playing cards, eating fattening food (I seriously think I gained 2+ pounds), seeing some family members I hadn’t seen in a long time (that may or may not have been a highlight haha!).

Last week – worked and worked and didn’t really have time for much else.  On Thursday, we took Elvis’s ex-next door neighbors (from Canilla) who were here to visit out for dinner.  That was kind of fun.  Friday we went dancing at Latin Palace for the first time since May.  Also fun.

Saturday – went to look at a car.  Relaxed.  Listened to Maynor whine about how no one comes and visits any more.

Sunday – saw Alyssa’s baby and hung out at the boys’ house for awhile.  Magdiel and Melvin came to watch a soccer game.  Dency, Coca, Marlon came to play basketball for awhile.  Then hung out at the house w/ them, Alyssa and Ari.

Monday – day of rest and relaxation.  Went to Sandy Point (trip #???) to swim and fish in the afternoon.  I caught 2 fish in 10 minutes.  Elvis caught 10 in 2 hours and Chicha caught 0 (I told him he needed to use a floater…)

Today – back at work.  Lots of things to do (which I’m obviously not doing).  To the soccer fields this afternoon and then to eat fish soup maybe?

Another AMAZING Weekend.

So yes, just another amazing weekend in College Park.  Friday afternoon I rushed out of work and went to pick up Jenna at the airport.  On the metro, I met a very interesting character.  He was dressed in a Jamaican-style hat with dreads.  At one point in time, he pulled out his glasses to try to figure out how much money he had left on his metro pass.  When I looked up, I realized that they weren’t actual glasses, but they were, in fact, those plastic glasses with the fake nose and mustache haha! 🙂  Afterwards, he realized that he couldn’t read the ticket, so he pulled out another pair of glasses.  These, however, did not have lenses in them, either!  I tried my best to continue listening to my iPod, doing my Sudoku and ignoring the guy, but it was impossible.  As we neared Regan airport, he looked out the window, turned to me and commented on how beautiful the view was.  I looked out the window…the view consisted of a crane and high rises…the sun was hitting them in an interesting fashion, so it almost looked pretty, but not quite.  Then, as the metro pulled into the stop, he said “This is Regan airport, you know who Regan was?  He was a president.”  “Yep,” I said, hoping that he would just leave me alone as he noticed I was getting off at the stop, but Lady Luck was not on my side.  “Was he a good president?” he asked.  “Yep,” I said, “otherwise they wouldn’t have named an airport after him, would they?”  “I guess so, I guess so. Well, you have fun.  I’ll see you yesterday.”  Haha.  “I’ll see you yesterday?” I laughed to myself as I walked out of the airport, a little relieved to be away from the guy, but with a smile on my face from the random encounter and the chance to laugh a little after a somewhat stressful week at work last week.

I made my way into the airport and arrived at the gate just about the same time Jenna walked out.  Hopped back on the metro, made it to the house, went to the store to pick up a few things, made icing for the cakes I baked the night before, made dinner, went to pick up Elvis’s cousins (again) and settled in for a long winter’s nap.  I wish.  Actually, we spent the night playing cards and Luisa, dancing in the living room and relaxing.  Jacki came around 11 or so and I think that we went to bed around 3 am. 

Saturday morning we went to see the team from Canilla play another soccer game.  They were playing in a tournament (not the league).  The winner of the tournament is going to play against Chivas (a team from Mexico) next Sunday.  Canilla played okay, I guess.  They ended up tying and then going into penalty kicks which they won (miraculously because our goalies suck).  We went home and got things ready for the party, but the team played their second game in the afternoon and lost, so they won’t be playing next week, but we’ll probably go anyway. 

Elvis and I prepared 20 pounds of pork, macaroni salad, beans, tortillas, cakes and sodas to celebrate both of our birthdays (mine was last Sunday and his is this Thursday).  Jenna, Jacki, Julia, Rene, Marlon, Dennis, Otto, Milo, Nefta, Mainor, Chicha, Dency, Magdiel and Julian all came over to the house and ate, threw frisbee, kicked the soccer ball around, etc.  At one point it started to sprinkle, so we started to carry the things into the house.  As I was walking down the steps, a lightning bolt struck a tree in the park behind the house!  You know how you can count the seconds between a lightning bolt and thunder to see how far away a storm is???  They hit at the same time!!! It was kinda scary!  There’s a burn mark on the tree and the people who were outside could smell smoke!!!  Everyone came inside and we taught a bunch of people how to play spoons which was really cool.  They all really enjoyed it. (Except Chicha who didn’t understand!)  They all stayed until about 10 at which time Milo, Gerson, and Nefta came back.  (Those three along with Otto are Elvis’s cousins.)  They stayed until about 2 in the morning.

Yesterday we took Jenna to a Guatemalan restaurant for breakfast/lunch and then to the bus station so she could get back home.  After she was safely on her way, Elvis and I started to go back to the house when Chicha called and invited us to go to the beach.  We went back to the house, grabbed our swimming suits and towels and headed to Sandy Point for the sixth (I think) time this summer.  It was fun.  The water was really warm and the weather perfect – 80* and sunny.  We swam for a bit, tried to teach Chicha to throw a frisbee and watched the fisherman pull about 20 fish out of the water in 20 minutes.  It was a pretty relaxing afternoon.  After we ate dinner, Elvis started to watch a program about one of his favorite artists – Vincente Fernandez – and I fell asleep on the couch around 9:30.  We went to bed at 10 and I still didn’t want to get out of bed when the alarm went off at 6:15 this morning.  I managed to make it to work, though, and am settling in for another exciting week…maybe I’ll update again later this week.

We’re going camping now, we’re on our way

Well, I guess it should say we went camping…but that’s a song they used to play on WTLR in the summers when they had updates from Camp K…

Anyway, Elvis and I left to go to Tuckahoe State Park on Friday evening.  We got there without getting lost, thanks to Philip. 🙂  (Somehow I left the printed directions on my desk here at work.)  We set up the tent (thanks Matthew) and got a fire going.  We forgot the gas tank for the stove, so we ended up cooking over a fire all weekend which was fine and not very much more difficult, thanks to my training at Krislund!!!  After eating a lot of food, we played Luisa (a Guatemalan board game) and cards and went to sleep.

We were awoken very early on Saturday morning by a bunch of boys who were camping in the next spot over, so we got up and made breakfast, then left to hike towards the lake.  The hike there wasn’t too bad – saw a lot of toads and some rabbits.  Once at the lake we rented a canoe – Elvis’s first time ever – and set out to fish.  While we didn’t catch any fish, the canoeing experience was quite enjoyable – especially the first hour when we were the only 2 on the lake!  We saw a whole lot of turtles, but not much else. 

We decided that we would continue to hike instead of returning to the camp ground and then back to the trail…The first trail we were on was really well marked and was quite enjoyable.  I can’t say the same for the second trail, however.  Somehow we got turned around and backwards, but we made it back out to the road where some guy and his daughters picked us up and took us back to the lake.  According to Elvis’s step counter, we walked about 9 miles or more.  We made it back to the camp site, ate lunch, showered, played more card games – (I taught Elvis how to play war – what a mistake!!!), and relaxed.  Both of us were exhausted after the hike and early morning!  After all that relaxation, we were hungry again, so we made dinner and relaxed all evening! 🙂

Sunday morning we were able to sleep in slightly longer (I guess the boys next door were also tired).  We got up around 9, made breakfast, tore down camp, and left for Sandy Point State Park for the fifth time this summer!  We were there until about 2, when it started to thunder and everyone had to get out of the water.  It started to DOWNPOUR not too far from the apartment which was NOT fun to drive through, but we made it back safely (gracias a Dios).  We went grocery shopping and vegged on the couch all evening.  I fell asleep around 9 pm and was back at work bright and early this morning.  It was a fun birthday weekend, though!