COUNTDOWN: 25 days
Getting prepared: Spanish
It's one of those days when you feel like you slept for 12 hours. Because I actually did (excuse: persistent headache). I fell asleep last night half sitting up on the couch with a tedious Spanish language DVD still running on the TV (imagine a guy in a red sweater over a white collared shirt, huge curly hair, huge and unnecessary gestures - "Quisiera el menú del día" *hugesmilenodnodhandwaving*). It didn't seem very helpful, and it was geared towards Spain Spanish anyway. I think I'll stick with studying books, watching DVDs in Spanish, and listening to Ecuadorean news.
I returned it and rented 'The Motorcycle Diaries,' one of my favorite Spanish movies, ever. It's about Che Guevara, before he went militant and actually became 'Che'. He was inspired to help the voiceless, excited to change the world (or just America) for the better... all before he became the ruthless, bitter revolutionary the world is more familiar with. The movie shows Che and he friend Alberto in a child-like light as they explore South America by motorbike - until it breaks (for good) and they continue on foot and boat. If you haven't seen it, I recommend watching it AND reading the journal.
¡Una sorpresa! Random interlude:
I wanted to point out that every night when the house windows fog up, this little guy, the Rage Hippo appears:
Thought my fellow EE invitee would appreciate that.
Northwest Herald returns
A photographer from the Herald came by today to take some pictures of me shuffling through my pile of stuff. Her comment was something like, "That's not a lot of stuff!" Well...clothes aren't included yet. I'm guessing clothes are going to take up the better part of one large bag. And it's hard packing clothes, because I wear them and wash them all the time. I suppose I could attempt putting them in a general area just to get a better idea of what's to come... hm.
LJ and I are doing 'work' at the Firefly Cafe in Algonquin. It's a brand new coffee shop rehabilitated from a previous version filled with comfy seating, delicious drinks and food, and really excellent internet. It's pretty much like our second home. We saw it driving by one day and had to try it. Especially because of the 'Firefly' part (the owner's never seen the series!!! Someday, she must). In honor of this, LJ is wearing a Jayne hat. Where's my browncoat??