Sunday, December 20, 2009

What I've been up to...

I'm painting...

Sunset in the Andes....

Town festival

The picture says it all...

My host family, host mom's birthday. I made the cake! Strawberry cake.

Painting my bathroom, with my head in the clouds.

Christmas glistening in the distance....

I thought it would be a good idea to listen to Christmas music, I mean
tis’ the season. Well, bad idea. I listen to sleigh bells jingeling
on a silent night while mommy kissed Santa Claus, and the water works
opened like it was the first day of summer, full blast!

I was reminded of my favorite Christmas movie The Grinch starring Jim
Carrey. The scene where Christmas finally gets to the Grinch, and he
starts crying. I found myself asking, as the Grinch did, “why am I

Before coming to Peru I never considered my Christmas’ to be
particularly perfect. But here I am longing for that Christmas that
glistens in the distance.

So what is the point of all of this? Well I guess it’s that I can’t
wait to appreciate it all a bit more when I get back. But it's not
all that bad I'm blessed with so much family, so many friends and an
opportunity to see the world through another’s eyes, that I can’t help
but start to appreciate it all a little bit more even now. So I say
to you, this Christmas do me a favor, and fulfill what I can’t. Stare
at Christmas lights just a second longer, eat just at least one more
cookie, smile like you mean it in those annoyingly wonderful Christmas
pictures, jingle those bells, enjoy the mistletoe and the warmth of
the Holiday Season with your son, your daughter, spouse, mom, dad,
brother, friends, pets or what have you.

And to all those I’ve had the pleasure of sharing the holidays with
before, in the office, at school, at home, at your home, or even over
the phone. From the bottom of that thing that beats in my chest, thank
you for creating joyous memories of what I now consider more than 20 (
a girl never reveals her real age) perfect Christmas’. I will be
here, in Peru, enjoying the humblest of Christmas’ blessed with more
than I could have ever imagined. I miss home like crazy.

No bahambugs, just Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, and a very Joyous
New Year to you all.

P.S. Send me some of those awesome cheesy Christmas pictures, of you,
family or friends. I loooove that stuff! Makes me feel like a have a
bit of home with me.