Well, things in Venezuela are still heated, as always, and Chavez, who first was all “my dignified adversaries have won and we have to respect that” is now firing people left and right, who he knows did not vote, and threatening everyone and their mothers saying that now they will know who he really is, and will suffer his powerful revenge. Talk about a sore loser!
Anyhow, it’s the season to be jolly, and jolly I am! 15 more days until Christmas, 9 more days until I go to Venezuela (for a month!!!), and 3 more days until my friend Tom comes to visit! I am so excited, can you tell? I have made a ton of progress too. I have some decorations out in my apartment (since I’m going away and won’t be here for Christmas, I just decorated my door, for my neighbors’ delight), my Christmas cards are on their way via snail mail, almost all presents are bought, and lose ends in the errands/bills/banks/consulates/visa departments are either taken care off, or on a list and won’t slip through the cracks. Things are looking good, yay!
This weekend Sophie (my 2 year old niece) stayed with me for a sleepover. We had so much fun. She is such a beautiful, sweet, and smart little girl, always on the look out for things to learn and wanting to participate in everything done around her. She’s truly a God send and a joy for all close to her. I feel so lucky to be able to spend time with her and Nick (my soon to be 9 year old nephew). For so long my sister and I lived in different countries, and I felt I had missed out in so much of Nick’s life. I was here when Sophie was born, so she doesn’t know life without me, and I am so grateful that I now don’t know life without her. She is truly special and I adore her (can you tell?).
In the boyfriend front nothing has happened. Remember I said I would take a break? Well I have been breaking ever since, and I have to say it feels good! I had a non-eventful date some weeks back, but from the get-go I knew that wouldn’t amount to more than a couple of drinks. Some guys have been emailing and wanting to go out, but I really don’t feel like it. I need some time to myself, I need to focus on me right now and not invest all my time and energy on “is he interest? does he want the same things I do? will he call? do I really like him? is this worth it?” etc. I have a ton of things to do before I go: finish the semester (papers and presentations), present to the committee sponsoring the research center I work at (presentation and meetings), meet with my sponsor and second person to set goals for next semester (update proposal), buy remaining presents, celebrate Nick’s birthday, attend a Christmas gathering this week, entertain and spend time with Tom, and eventually pack (after I have bought another suitcase which I will most certainly need!). You see? No time for guys, and I’m actually loving it! : )