1. We started our third trimester a little more than a week ago. Will post more on this later (now that I say it out loud hopefully I will do it and stop slacking on updating the blog).
2. I sold a pizza for 100 Lempira to the corner store two weekends ago, so that they could sell it to the people coming in on the buses. First step to opening my Guaimaca pizza parlor!
3. We bought a chick on Saturday. Cassie and I were biking past a hardware store and she saw a cage full, then kind of bet me that I wouldn't. Of course, I took the bet and we now have another family member, who is (almost) the messiest in the house. It's definitely the loudest...we better get some damned good eggs from this thing.
4. We still have two dogs, the "exchange" that was supposed to happen two months ago when the puppy from the farm was brought to the house hasn't happened, and doesn't look like it will happen. Ranger's looking pretty depressed because we like Ceniza a lot more.
5. The novena for the patron saint of the parish started this past weekend, and there will be a mass in a different Barrio (neighborhood) every night. So far they've been really pretty, especially with everyone working together to pull it off.
6. The town party is starting this coming weekend, which will be interesting. We've heard a few accounts of the dancing, drinking and singing that happens in the park almost every night, all night.
7. The Day of the Indian (a day of national cultural pride here) was a couple of weeks ago, and was really a beautiful celebration. Each class made their own costume and chose their representative to compete for the title of the Prettiest Indian. Each class also made traditional food, so it was a pretty awesome day of learning more about their culture and eating great food. Also, the best part was that my student, Lilian, who had an extremely difficult second trimester with a lot of illnesses and some family trouble, won the title. My whole class was so happy, I have some great pictures of them screaming their heads off.
That's all I can think of now. Sorry if it's been disappointing reading lately. My thoughts and heart were with everyone at the clamboil this past weekend!
8. The opening of a new supermarket in town, owned by Walmart. The only thing that's worth buying there is the beer, which is about half the price of the beer in other places, and the occasional fruit and veggies we want to use but can't find in the market or the back of someone's truck in the park (which usually only has seasonal and local produce). The biggest advantage is that it's open later than the other stores, so if we need something before 7:00 we can now go there to pick it up. This isn't an isolated case of development, however. Even in just 7 months we've been here, we've seen a lot of development and construction around town. Unfortunately, it's almost all been funded with drug money, remittances from the US, or by Walmart, as far as we know.
9. Chris' bike was stolen from in front of the new supermarket, in the direct line of sight of the armed guard in the doorway.