Well at last the two grandmothers will return from their travels. I am sure they had a wonderful time since I know that my family (all of you over there) is the master of hospitality. In a country famous for hospitality, you all really know how to do it better than anyone I know! I am looking forward to all the stories and all the pictures. We had already enjoyed the photos that Happy put up on her multiply site.
Finally all of the Christmas decorations are taken down and in the garage. Omy just has to go up there one more time. Now all the surfaces are covered with the new textbooks of all the family who have all gone back to class. Of course, Stephanie who has her last semester of HS, then there is Omy who is in a Program Management class at
Omy is interviewing at Seagate, the same company where Desa works. It would be very cool if he got a job there. They could car-pool to Scott’s Valley (at least 50 miles away). He has interviewed at other places too and we are just always waiting for the next step. I am not as anxious as I was in the beginning, but we are impatient for him to find employment. Please everyone continue to pray that he finds a job soon. He will be starting something that could be rather fun though. At the end of the month he is going to work as a Cirquador for Cirque du Soleil. Manpower went to their Promatch group to recruit; he applied, interviewed, and was hired. They only pay $10.00/hour but it should be interesting and give him something to do. He is excited to be at the Cirque, backstage and around the tents 4 days a week. It will be something fun to talk about. He can add to his resume that he worked for the circus.
We enjoyed the beginnings of Aunty Mary Anne’s Blog http://majabella.multiply.com and we continue to enjoy Kathleen’s http://www.kathleenbell.com, Mimi’s http://mimiestrada.blogspot.com , and now Merci’s blog at http://www.mercedesburkhalter.blogspot.com. What a family of bloggers!! And of course this was the year of all the Multiply sites! That has been fun too! I have a starter blog too, but I am nowhere as talented as the four I have mentioned. Mama mentioned a Joaquin Family cookbook. Who is the “go to person” for this project? I would like to participate, so I need to know where to send the recipes when I get those rare minutes when I can go get the recipes I would like to share. And do we have a time line? LET ME KNOW!!!
Last Friday, January 18th, was Stephanie’s 18th birthday. Two of her friends with the help of Catie, took her in a Limousine to
The birthday season has started for us; tomorrow is Michael Zraick’s birthday, then Omy on 2/2, Carissa on 2/13, Catie on 2/23, Mama on 3/17, Merci on 3/20. I did not include the birthdays of those not in this geographical region because we won’t see them (Margot, Melody, Aunty Lou, Patrick,…….get the idea?)
The insurance man came to look at the leak damage. It will be repaired sometime after the rains have stopped. It is not actively leaking now, and the newspaper covering the hole is quite charming in a third world way.
So I have to sign off now, Cross your fingers and maybe we can make a family trip over there before too long. Keep Omy’s job hunt in your prayers and for goodness sake, send me some email sometimes, even if it is only a forwarded thing. Maritess Arnaiz and Beej are good at that one. I see Rhea and Bunny on Yahoo Messenger as well as Pancho sometimes. All of you should get on Messenger for that serendipitous conversation when we see each other on line.
Love always, Maria