As I sit in my apartment, with my Christmas lights on, and a Charlie Brown Christmas special playing on Jesse's laptop, I'm exhilerated. Just two more days of school left until I head back to Wisconsin for a much needed break in the cheese and the snow. I realize it has been over a week since I last posted. I've been very busy with grading, Christmas gift buying, and planning the month of January. So here's a little update of what's been going on.
Last week on Tuesday was the big EIS Christmas party. All the teachers, assistants, maintenance, cleaning, and copying crew came out in nice attire and went to Club Arabe, the fancy smancy club in SPS. I was a little disappointed because the party was on a Tuesday, and Jesse refused to dance, but we ate a nice dinner and got to see everyone dressed up. I didn't bring my camera with, it just didn't go with my outfit, but I plan on stealing some from Caitlin later. The most entertaining aspect of this night was the belly dancers and hula dancers that the school provided as "entertainment" with we ate. Interesting.
This past weekend there was a huge Christmas carnival set up just down the street. They has an ice skating rink (the plastic ice stuff) and lights and decorations and a huge Coca-Cola Santa. Jesse and I debated going, but since the likelihood of them having skates in Jesse's size was slim to none, we decided to head to the theater for a movie. On the way back from the movie, we ran into a little traffic problem. The championship game for Honduras league soccer was Saturday night, and there was mass chaos in the city. There were hundreds of people in the streets, with people jumping in and out of the back of pickup trucks, jumping, screaming, fireworks were being shot off, it was absolutely crazy. It reminded me of the pictures of when the Boston Red Sox won the World Series in 2004. Except that down here, there are only 10 teams in the whole league, with only four of them actually winning the championships. AND there are two championships a year. AND that the team that won, won the championship last fall. I just don't get it.
Tomorrow is the last day of "classes", which for me is watching The Muppet's Christmas Carol. Wednesday is class parties with a cuchumbo (gift exchange- the kids take this very seriously), and then a middle school staff party at my principal's house. I'm bringing mashed potatoes. She bought a ham and a turkey. She said that since the Christmas party was on a Tuesday, well the middle school staff needs a real party. That should be a great time. Her husband makes a great margarita. Then Thursday brings the flight to Chicago and the drive back to Wisconsin. I hope the wintery mix that is predicted for Chicago doesn't cause any problems with my flight.