05 March 2006

Surprise, I'm back

I can't think of a way to summarize the last few months. I can't even explain the last couple weeks. Suffice it to say life keeps changing. I'm looking for some stability, I'm not sure it exists.

•Being excited about a new city and suffering culture shock again when I got here.
•I've eaten pulpo (octopus) after all and it wasn't bad. And grilled sepia, a cousin of squid, and itty bitty squid whole, and tuna empanadas. Probably some other things that I'm not thinking of... baby shrimp whole, that was today with my chinese food.
•Losing the bracelet Dar got me last year, and finding it after I moved away from where I lost it.
•Not being really messed up at not being home for Christmas. And Christmas lasting until Jan. 6. Sales not starting until after that.
•Giving a little testimony in Spanish to the ladies at church, even though my Spanish is rough.
•Understanding people's accents better in Madrid.
•How many times I have to look up the same Spanish word; and how many English words I can't find when I need them.
•Getting a phone line within a week of moving in (granted we asked for it 4 weeks before that).
•How much French I remembered when we crossed the border. It really messed up my pronunciation of Spanish and I got marked down on the final at language school
•Having house guests last weekend with less than 24 hours notice. Had to find a box that had the sheets for the spare bed in them.
•Not being able to find the right temperature in the shower. (I won't open the too hot or too cold discussion again, but those are my options).
•How tall my American matteress is.
•How big my house is (compared to mine in KC). I'm not sure, but I think we might have accidentally moved into the Leawood of Alcala de Henares. I find that disturbing.
•How hard it is to get back into blogging. I want to but there's so many things that still need attention in the house and I get so tired.
•That the can-you-be-the-secretary-and-bring-the-pie-attitude prevails in a "business" environment in the 21st Century. Oh yeah, I forgot it has to do with a church.
•How little God can use to do things. And how you don't have to have all the answers to go forward for God.


  1. You don't have to have all the answers to go forward with God.

    I really like that. I am glad to be reminded of that! :)

    Great to have you back in blog land too! YAY you're in your home!

  2. Houseguests this soon after moving in?

    It's nice to have you back. Maybe we'll see you around more since you have a phone line now? :)

  3. Thanks for the update. It is great to hear from you.

  4. Thanks for sharing the ups and downs of your experiences. Glad you have a bigger home.

  5. It's nice to have you back. How was the Octopus?

  6. The octopus wasn't bad. Some bites are a little chewy. The one dish I had that had octopus ink in it was a little strong tasting. It's sort of like a chewy scallop.