Thursday, May 31, 2012

Cont'd...

Just to prove one of my points from yesterdays post (WHAT- I posted two days in a row???), Dave and I went to the grocery store last night for some, well, groceries.  Shocking, I know.  I needed peanut butter because, through both of my pregnancies, it has served as a constant happiness in my life, especially for breakfast.  And also because I found two recipes that called for peanut butter and we were almost out. 

Guess what?  No peanut butter.  Well, that's not true.  There was mani spread.  Um.  No thanks.  There was also no mac and cheese, save the generic kind and I'm sorry, there is nothing in the world, not even the impending zombie apocalypse that will make me eat generic mac and cheese.  What?  All that's left in the world is generic mac and cheese or becoming a zombie and feasting on brains?  Brains, please!

Disappointing, but not shocking.  The mac and cheese, especially.  It's a good, good day when you can find it at the first store you go to.  The peanut butter was a little more unsettling, and I proceeded to grumble through the next few aisles, until I found the cubed cheese I was looking for, and then I felt slightly better.

So then, we round the corner to the frozen food aisle.  When we first arrived, there was not really an 'aisle' to speak of.  Frozen food consisted of ice cream, ice cream products and pupusas (picture included)... which I can't imagine eating from frozen.  This section has grown by leaps and bounds in the last three years and it seems like there is always something new (hear me now- do NOT take your frozen food aisle(s) for granted!).  Yesterday, it was a full chicken pot pie, already prepared, ready for the oven (only a measly $10).  Dave LOVES anything savory with the word pie in it so he was immediately over the moon.  Right beside the pie was pie pastry AND a fully prepared pie crust!  Seriously, these things have been on countless grocery lists through the last three years and they have rarely been found.  It was like Christmas in May! 

Except we don't need them because we're leaving in less than three weeks.  And Dave knows how to make pie pastry now.  And they were all around $10.  Which is absurd.

Such is the life of an expat.  It's really more of a first-world problem that I can't find peanut butter and mac and cheese... but it's still a problem.  And I will complain because it's my blog.

To quote my beloved husband, "I hate this country." 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Hasta Nunca...

... well, not yet.  We have 19 days left in Guatemala.  It's exciting and sad.  Mostly exciting.  But a little bit sad.  It's hard to be sad at the end of a year, or even a contract, because you're used to leaving and going home (or on vacation to wherever) anyway, so it doesn't really seem like anything is different until August.  Right now, I'm very excited to get home to GA and see my family and friends.  I want to take the Lady Bug swimming, let her play in the parks, run with her cousins and just be outside, safely, in general.  Seeing my dad and sister and best friends is high on my list of things to do.  Dave just wants to eat and buy stuff.

As with every place I've been, there are things about Guate that I will miss and things that I won't.  I shall now proceed to regal you with that list.

Things I Will Miss:

  • The Typico Breakfast- scrambled eggs (simple, please), refried black beans with cheese, fried plantains and bread (I pass on the tortillas- not a fan)
  • The amazingly beautiful weather- blue skies, big white fluffy clouds
  • VIP Movies at Oakland Mall
  • The friendliness of the local people
  • Antigua and it's freedom
  • How cheap it is to get stuff hemmed, altered, or dry cleaned
  • The excitement of the finding something you needed at the grocery store
  • "Pase adelante!" and "Que tiene un buen vieje!"  
  • The adorableness of my 7th grade girls
  • My big, giant house with a yard for the dogs
  • The fact that my mechanic will not only come pick up my car but bring it back to me when he's done 
  • And of course, the friends that I've made here
Things I Will NOT Miss (this list might be longer than the first one):

  • "Fijese que..." (translates to something close to "I'm sorry, but..."- it's like nails on a chalkboard!)
  • The complete lack of understanding of cause and effect by many of the people of this country- or maybe they understand but they just don't give a rat's ass
  •  Lack of personal space
  • The lack of safety in the city
  • The lack of outside spaces where I can take my child
  • The fact that the Lady Bug probably thinks the only two places that exist in the world are our house and the grocery store
  • The frustration of not being able to find what you need at the grocery store
  • Gringo prices in the markets
  • Being constantly in fear for your life as you drive down any major road- praying you don't get eaten up by a chicken bus
  • How long it takes to get anything done
Hey, that second list wasn't so bad.  I might add more as I think of it through the day.  Or maybe not.  We'll see.

On Saturday, we're going here .  I'm very excited, for me and the Lady Bug.  It's going to be awesome.  I think.