(just a little belatedly... my day yesterday was rather occupied by traveling so my mother's day related well-wishing was unavoidably postponed.)
In addition to mother's day i seem to have missed out on all the standard depressing headlines. I had to hear about Bush announcing his immigration plan from our taxi driver last night. After inquiring about Becky's maternal status (but not mine, fortunately. this is why i let becky do the small talk with taxi drivers.) he was telling us about his daughter and son-in-law, who he just visted in new york where they are two of the innumerable undocumented immigrants. came on a tourist visa and stayed. So he said he would be watching tonight. Guess I better too!
and so reprimanded for my inattention to the news, i checked out google news this morning and found out that by living in quito i am missing out on massive new england flooding (everyone high and dry??) and volcanic emissions in yogyakarta, indonesia (hey you would count your blessings too if you lived ON a volcano and within range of several others.) Apparently I am also missing out on freak texas storms and cockroaches. Quito is looking better and better every day.
anyway, after weeks of hurried posting, why am i lingering over climate related news stories? Because my brand new 7 am class was a no show and the internet is soooo fast here when the building is still empty! it's quite exciting. i was lamenting our lack of paid vacation to becky on our LOOOONG bus ride back from the beach yesterday, but technically I am getting paid as we speak so I will lament a bit less. By the way, Canoa was just as lovely as it was a month ago, despite being cloudy the second day. which prevented us from swimming, but it was quite nice to lie right out on the beach without taking any shelter. I read another book, took a nap in a hammock, and enjoyed happy hour with becky and my dad. And despite the length of the bus ride, taking the ferry to/from Bahía was DEFINITELY worth it. no chickens, drunk guys or regeton on the first class bus that goes through there. just giant reclining seats, a working bathroom, and air conditioning. ahh...
so today marks the end of my dad's sojourn in ecuador! i'm sure he can't wait to get back to his leather-seated xm radio sprorting personal vehicle, and if he ever took a bus again it would be too soon. But since my evening class is on a break, at least I can send him off in style, perhaps at one of the argentinian steakhouses (since he's been putting up with a highly vegetarian diet, supplemented by seco de pollo or pescado now and again.) First I have choir and last minute items to be purchased at the market and sent home for my mom. Oh yeah, and one more class in there. I am still "working" after all.