Well my lack of posting since my return has been highly correlated to my lack of doing anything of interest... i've been half-heartedly pursuing the items on my to do list (Get: job, phone, car, um, life), eating large quantities of thanksgivingy food, steadfastedly ignoring the giant pile of my worldly possessions cluttering up my floor, and enjoying the odd outing (eg having a real chicago beer on tap in a real chicago pub, no more Pilsener for me!).
But never fear, I will soon be back to being a productive citizen, as I just got a job! Yes, starting tomorrow I will be serving up popcorn at Madly Pop'n, for $8 an hour. And proudly so. It sure as hell beats commuting to Oakbrook to work in an overpriced chain clothing store, which I was starting to resign myself to as the only employment possibility. While this job may not exactly take me to new heights in my career, at least MP is a local fixture, family owned, I can work regular hours (the day shift, while all their other employees are down the street attending high school...) and probably get lots of free popcorn!
PS - Correa wins!! I was afraid to call it when the papers first did, but now the official word is out! Correa is a bit of an unknown and had been spouting some extra leftist stuff like getting rid of Congress, but at least he's not a military guy (like lucio and all the other coup leaders turned victims), he was trained as an economist (at U of I!), and, most importantly, he's not an evil banana prince! So I'm feeling vaguely positive about ecuador's future (which, relative to my normal attitude, is like screaming it from the rooftops!) and I hope Rebecca and John and all my other favorite ecuadorian political experts will keep me updated on the latest.