Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving Tag

My sister requested that I do this Thanksgiving tag and so I said, what the hey, why not?

Here are the questions:

1. What is your favorite Thanksgiving side dish?  I would have to say that it is Mashed Potatoes (it would have to be since that is my favorite food)!

2 What is your favorite Thanksgiving dessert? Pumpkin Pie, of course. 

3. Do you eat just turkey, just side dishes or both together? I eat everything together on a the BIGGEST plate that I can find. I mean, that is what Thanksgiving is all about ... stuffing your face until you are literally ready to barf!

4. What does your ideal Thanksgiving outfit look like? Hmm. I'll be happy with anything I throw on as long as I can wear a scarf and one of my pairs of lovely boots. Yeah, just let me have my boots and I'll be happy! :D

5. What is your best Thanksgiving memory? Well, I moved to Mexico when I was young. Here they do not celebrate this holiday (I would hope that every American would already know this. Unfortunately they do not and I get asked quite frequently whether it's a Mexican holiday.). Since the holiday is not celebrated here we never celebrated it either. It's only due to my constant whining about how much I LOVE Thanksgiving that we even celebrate it now. 

6. How many words can you spell our of the word "Gobble"? Gob (obviously). Oble. Bob. Lob. Leg. Blo. Ble. Bel. Leb. Go. Lo. Geo. Leo. ... 

7. Least favorite Thanksgiving food? That outrageous yellowish-green, mushy, celery-filled, sage-seasoned, cornbread wannabe called 'stuffing' or 'dressing'. I absolutely, positively cannot stand the stuff. And don't try to tell me that I just haven't tried yours. My mother is the BEST cook. And besides, I have tried the dish made by several other people and it still was disgusting (no offense to anyone who I previously told that their stuffing was delicious)! He. He. He. :D

8. Strange/Quirky Thanksgiving traditions? Like I mentioned before, I haven't celebrated that many Thanksgivings' in my life. Therefore, obviously, there are no traditions at all. 

9. Where do you and your family celebrate Thanksgiving?  
In our house. Three people. My dad, my mom, and me.

10.What are you most thankful for this year? 
This year ... I suppose LIFE. Ha. Ha. For being pain-free after having surgery (that has definitely been a plus). I'm also thankful for my cat, Templeton. He is an evil monster who makes me bleed by biting me, but he can be very sweet too and just makes ole mommy wanna cry those happy, proud mama tears! :P  
Obviously I am thankful for all of the little things in life that we always overlook. For example, go outside in that brisk fall wind and let it soak into your skin without resisting. Don't think about how cold it is, just breathe in the chilly air. The leaves have all fallen down into a soggy mass on the ground. The grass is drying out. Everything is preparing for winter, creating the most beautiful autumn smells. Okay, I don't know if anyone else has ever experienced that glorious tingling sensation just from being outside in this season (maybe I am just weird), but that is what I am trying to describe. Those are some of the many small things in life that we take for granted. Our ability to see, smell, taste, hear, and most of all our ability to feel emotions. 

And that, my dear people, is the end.

P.S. Happy Turkey Day to everyone!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

I've Got The Sunday School Blues ...

Hello, all!

I just want to fill up some space on my blog until I am able to post about Thanksgiving!
Have I ever mentioned how much I love that holiday?! 

The title is misleading. I am not really going to rant or anything.
I just wanted to show you all the four pictures we took in Sunday School!

I made up a little detective skit to teach a story from the Bible.
Me being the dorky detective! 
The kids had a good laugh from my big eye!

Afterwards we made some little figures out of some stuff that is similar to play-doh except that you have to soften it yourself (which takes forever).
Some of my kids.

David made the poor widow who gave all her money (that was what I taught about).

Gerardo made the rich man. 

I think they were the only two who actually learned anything! 

Anyway, that is all of the pictures!

Friday, November 15, 2013


So guess what else I am doing?!

I had been getting a lot of requests from a lot of the younger girls at church to teach them to play the keyboard. So I decided that since I have nothing better to do that I would do it. Besides, once I leave who is going to fill in for the musicians who are sometimes not available?! 
(Like when my mother fractures her finger and cannot play. True story.)

Can I brag on myself for a little while? It's been a while since I have written a full out conceited piece about myself.
My parents seem determined to boot me out of their house in the near future. So I decided to tally up all of the things that I help out with in our church.

I sing.

I play the keyboard.
(This is such an old picture because no one ever takes new pictures of me!)

And I also fill in on the drums when I am needed.
(Of course, this is just a picture of me playing my brother's drums).

PLUS, when my dad wants someone to play the rhythm on the guitar so he can play his lead part ... who does he call? 
ME, of course!

You can just call me a Jack-of-all-Trades but just in a musical sense! 
Now I am not claiming to be a pro or anything, I'm really not even that good at any of those things, but at least I do them. At least I help out. And that is the point!

So my point (#2) was that when I leave what are they going to do without me?

All of this bragging leads me to the point (#3) of this post. And that is that I decided to teach keyboard lessons to the girls so that when I leave they can be the fill-ins when needed.

I started out with about four students. But today when I went to teach only two of them showed up.
Gaby is learning really quickly!

And Dalia seems to have a natural talent, as well.

I think both of these girls could really become our next generation of keyboard players if they just stick with it! If they actually learn I am going to feel so proud!

Anyway, thanks for reading my blog even when I get a big head and write about myself. 
Sometimes I just cannot help it. I feel like I am taken for granted. (Hehehe.)


Monday, November 11, 2013

Guess Who's Teaching Again?!

Guess who got there Sunday School class back?!
Yep, that's right! 

It's been about a little over a year that I was booted out (okay, more like my dad gave my class away while I was in California). But by popular demand I am back! 

Now it's a little bit more difficult though because I have ages 9 - 12. Goodness, they can be hard to entertain. But I am hoping that I will get my touch back soon.
I enjoy teaching. 

The most attentive boy in Sunday School. I do believe he just might grow up to be a preacher. 


Dalia (one of my favorites ... shh).

David (another David).

Anyway, just thought I'd share the good news.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

A Church I Saw In Queretaro

There's a newer "saint" that has been growing in popularity in Mexico. 
Now it is not an official saint sanctioned by the Roman Catholic church, but that hasn't stopped it from gaining popularity amongst the Catholics anyways (especially the ones who are involved with the drug cartels).

The name of this saint is: Santa Muerte.
Or in English, Saint Death (or Holy Death, depending on how you want to translate it).

As we were driving home from the U.S. border a month ago my dad spotted this church:
Sanctuary of Saint Death (or Holy Death). 
If you look on the right side of the building you can see a painting of the saint. It looks like the grim reaper.

I am not really sure what this so-called saint is all about. I don't know whether they think it will protect them from death or what, but I have one question. Who in their right mind would want to worship a "saint" called death???

Okay, I just wanted you all to see this picture! 


Monday, November 4, 2013

Camotes, Calabazas, Higos, Tejocotes!

I said that I would come up with something to blog about soon ... and so I did!

This past week I got "hired" to go work with one of the sisters from church. I was a bit surprised that she wanted me to help her. I mean, let's be for real, the people around here seem to think that Americans are very lazy. Apparently we do not know how to work and our money DOES grow on trees.

Anyway, I said that I would go. And another surprise was that my dad actually let me go. I thought he would say "no" since he was the one who would have to drive me all the way across the city every morning.

So for four days I got to wake up at 3:30 a.m. to go work for fourteen hours everyday here:
La Central. It's a BIG market.

This is what we were selling.
Camotes (sweet potatoes), calabazas (pumpkin), higos (figs), and tejocotes (which I have no idea what those were, only that they tasted similar to peaches). 

I learned the prices and how to weigh them on the scales and before I knew it I was able to stand there and sell all by myself with no help. I felt so proud. I mean, for a girl who's never had a "real" job it was good to know that I'm not as incompetent as I feel.

Carlos, my fellow camote seller. We worked together one day and I think him and I combined made a great team. We sold more together than his mother and I did any other day. I told him, "It must be our good looks!" LOL!

Sis. Susana selling some figs! If you have never tried candied figs ... YOU MUST!
I fell in love with them! I even bought half a kilo of the things. What a shame that I only have two left though. 

We were working right next to a taco shop (that some people from our church own).
I was sitting right next to this smelly meat the whole time. Whew! Really makes your clothes stink!

And look who was working at the taco shop!
Abner from Puebla! 
(I was like, "Can I take your picture to put on my blog?" ... I mean, he's famous, right?! Hahaha!)

Here's a few pictures of what I was staring at all day while working.

NASTY CHICKEN! This is exactly why I don't eat the stuff! I personally don't think it's as fresh as they claim that it is. And I witnessed them dropping the chickens on the ground while transporting them and then just picking them up and selling them. Now I understand WHY my mother washes her meat before cooking it!

Oh, this is just normal ...
A stack of birdcages with birds in them sitting right next to a vat of meat!
He. He. He. (I LOVE Mexico!)

And the picture that you have all been waiting for ...
Of course, by the time I thought to get a picture of myself there were no more customers and so I just had to pose. So no, I wasn't really just standing around the whole time. I really DID work. 

I must say that this had to be one of the best experiences of my whole life. I had so much fun getting up at 3:30 a.m. and feeling like a zombie all day because I only got to sleep about four hours (when this girl is accustomed to eight hours of sleep)! 

It's rather sad that I cannot work more often. But at the same time I am glad it is over because customers can be SO rude! And one man even went so far as to insult me because he realized that I wasn't from here. So he said (in a demeaning tone): "Gah, where's she from?" 
I just smiled and acted like I didn't hear him. Of course, as soon as he turned his back I made sure to call him something appropriate!

Whew. It can be challenging to treat people Christ-like when they are making you dig camotes back out of the bag because they want a different size, or when they come around to check the scale because they think you are cheating them! Grr!

Anyway, that's enough complaining for now! 
I wish everybody a blessed day and a happy week!

P.S. Sorry that the pictures are bad quality. But I didn't want to look like a dorky tourist by taking my camera.