Ha, so today Trish says, "Oh man! I haven't posted on my blog since Monday!" and I say "Geez, your parents are wondering if you're still alive."..... ha, and now I'm on my own blog and realizing that I haven't posted since Tuesday, which really doesn't make me much better than my roomie. Whoops! So here goes...

YES I am alive. You'll be glad to know that. :)

I've been thinking a lot lately about how "normal" for me has completely changed. In fact, now I'm not sure what is supposed to be "normal."

For example, I rode a bus home this evening from the grocery store and it seemed rather normal to be standing on a crowded bus, surrounded by Spanish, holding my grocery bags and the bar above my head at the same time. Quite the feat when the bus driver is steering every which way and almost hit 2 cars... yup, 2 cars. Wowee.

It also seems pretty normal to go to the fruit market on Saturday mornings to buy our fruits and veggies... It also seems pretty normal to write my grocery list in Spanish, because then it's easier when I'm actually shopping to get the right word out.

"Normal" now is also not understanding everything around me... the fact that I don't understand doesn't exhaust me like it used to.

At school, it's very "normal" for my plans for the day to change suddenly because of an impromptu volleyball game or emergency dedication service that my students "must" take part in.

"Normal" is also the guy yelling down the street "Bye! Bye!" (Trish today -- "Usted esta una primero persona dice este frase!!" --"You are the first person to say this phrase!" of course being sarcastic)... and we don't respond at all.

"Normal" is laying out in the sun in DECEMBER.

"Normal" is wondering if the rainy season is over yet.

"Normal" is looking out at the horizon and seeing mountains on every side... and Vulcan Poas. Quite different from the landscape of Illinois... either the buildings of Chicago or the cornfields of Kewanee.

"Normal" is being told in the grocery store that I have "ojos hermosos"... beautiful eyes.

"Normal" is wondering whether it's a safe place for me to get out my camera.

"Normal" is .... I don't even know anymore.

So I'm excited to come back to the States for Christmas, but I'm afraid I might just be more confused about what "normal" really is...


Mi Tico Familia

I just spent the evening with my new tico family. Blanca and Manuel Enrique (ManRique for short... my spelling is probably wrong) are in their mid-fifties and have been married for 30 years. They have two daughters -- Rebecca, 28, and Judith, 26. Rebecca is married and Judith is studying architecture... They like to talk a lot, and they slowed down for me -- Whew!

They invited me to their church's service this evening, so I joined in the fun. When we walked in to sit down, we sat next to Sojourn's secretary! It's a small world... :)

I'll be moving in with them when I return in January. Que bueno!


22 Days!!!

I'm going HOME in 22 days!!! Wow, time is going so fast... 3.5 months ago, I was just arriving here! Sheesh!

Mom, Dad, Wes, Kallie, Austin! Hi :) I'll see you soon!

Who shattered my windows?

Difficult Monday morning to get out of bed... I'm sure you can relate. Shower, eat, read, stare, walk to school. Unlock my classroom door... stand, starstruck, not sure what to think. Um... why is there glass all over my floor?

Glance around the rest of the room, notice a note on the board that reads, "Suipe! the flor has glass all over the PLASE, even in the desks!"

Gee, thanks for the heads up.

I realized as I further analyzed the damage that while my windows were broken, new windows replaced them. All but one window... don't tell anyone, but my classroom could easily be "broken" into tonight from an open window that I have no control over closing... because there's no window to close!

But my question still remains... why were my windows broken? Why couldn't the window man take them out nicely rather than leaving glass everywhere for me to clean up? Isn't it his job to clean up after himself?

Everything in Costa Rica is different. Case in point.


Socializing :)

This weekend was quite the social weekend. We joined a group of people at a Chinese restaurant on Friday night. Basketball tournament Saturday morning. Another tico family interview Saturday afternoon. I went to a student's house for dinner. Then today (Sunday) we had our Christmas teacher party all afternoon. Here's some photos from the basketball tournament...
Trish and her team! They won a 2nd place trophy!
Kim V. is way too excited about working at the concession stand.

The cheerleaders doing their thing.
The cheerleaders coach, Trisha. She's leaving CR in 2 weeks to go to chef school in Italy!
Jordan concentrating.
All in all, a good weekend. Love!


Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the United States! I'm thinking of you!

and now I'm off to work...


A Note from a Student

Dear Miss Siscoe,

Sorry for all the trouble I've caused you.

p.s. Secret.

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