Our first full weekend in BA turned out to be like our weekends in America, busy.  Friday and Saturday were spent attempting to purchase items for the house.  Why oh Why? did I not ship more household items.  It is extremely difficult to find furnishings, clothing, linens etc. of the same quality we have in the US.

In my opinion the Argentine priority list goes something like this;

(1).  Be constantly irritated at the government for taking half of my tiny pay for their own self indulgence, then concentrate on me and me alone while maintaining my stunningly beautiful appearance

(2).  After getting my beauty rest, wake up late and groom my beautiful hair then enjoy a relaxing morning with my cafe eventually arriving at work around 9:30

(3). Call friends at 10:15 to make plans for lunch at 11:30

(4).  Take a two hour lunch eating excessive amounts of carbohydrates while still maintaining my fabulous figure

(5).  Work until 6:30ish where I will go home for 1 hour before meeting friends for dinner out

(6).  Write a mean note to the maid for not ironing my cloths correctly

(7). Finally turn in early at midnight and start all over again the next morning.

My first impression is the Argentine culture focuses on themselves rather than others or their personal property.  So for us Americans obsessed with personal property, I am lost!  I called a driver on Saturday to drop me off at the Jumbo, pronounced “June Bo”, I spent 3.5 hours at the grocery trying to familiarize myself with their food and their packaging before Doug and the girls came to rescue me.  I must say despite the aggressive cart driving, I enjoyed this time very much! It was so interesting and we are all enjoying tasting new things.  Things we will have to live without include cheddar cheese and chocolate chip cookies.  Everything else we can find, it just may not be exactly the same and that is ok.

We live very close to the San Isidro Station, which is a huge tourist attraction, the buses drop of tons of Americans and I love waiving to them on the bus.  It is cool to live next to this major tourist spot, there are lots of craft booths, music etc.  We walked down on Saturday and enjoyed a great pizza outdoors and continue to try and work our way through the language.  Doug has been to enough restaurants during his time here that we can manage, but it is not pretty.  One thing Doug is very good at, is knowing his way around.  In Colorado a few weeks after our arrival, I could navigate very well the northern Denver suburbs and Boulder.  I am not sure I will ever master this city.  Some of the streets are over 300 years old and it is a one way maze of tiny streets that merge with millions of other streets, it is very scary.  If I were to get lost, that could be very dangerous.  I have a GPS but she does not speak English and it is tough to follow.  My driving, when I start, will include driving to the school and back, nothing else.  We made our way to our church on Sunday and everyone was very happy to finally see us.  It is such a tight American community and everyone is so friendly.  We had a pool party at our house on Sunday and I put out my best Argentine spread! Three families from church came over along with another family in our neighborhood.  It was very comfortable and I felt like I knew these people for longer than a day.  When you are all in the same situation you have a quick connection.  I am already over scheduled with a neighborhood bible study, The BAIN club, “Buenos Aires International Newcomers”, tennis in a few weeks and who knows what awaits me once school starts.

This week is busy with vacation bible school in the morning and Lincoln School camp in the afternoon.  The poor remise (my driver) tries to talk to me every day, just hoping I have made an effort to learn some Spanish… I will, just give me a minute to get settled!  I am trying to enjoy BA for all its uniqueness and we are not complaining about the vast differences but we do point them out.  The one that annoys us the most is the trash situation.  We will watch Argentine kids buy ice cream take off the wrappers and drop them to the ground.  You should see Lauryn’s jaw drop!  After coming from a Colorado school were they spent weeks studying planet earth, and recycling, I thought she was going to cry.  Doug explains to us that when they drop trash on the ground, they view it as creating a job.  It is a socialist mentality, however where is the guy picking up the trash, because he is not doing his job. Being the strong Republican that I am, I tell him it is not socialism, it is lazy-ism.  Thankfully in our neighborhood they pick up trash everyday and the streets are immaculate; outside the gates not so much.

We were so happy to see the Colts on our Argentine Direct TV, we lucked out an got American announcers during the Colts game, however the Minnesota Saints game was in espanol, so  we understand blah blah,…..Reggie Bush…blah, blah………Brett Farve.  We had been watching American idol on our sling box, but the girls found out through their channel surfing research that American Fox stations air their programming here.  It was nice to give our x-pat companions this news, they were grateful for the info.   Saturday night we stayed up too late watching back to back episodes of last week’s American Idol and we understand we will be able to see all the Glee episodes, this is exceptional news to the girls.

Lyndsey was off at camp today and was her chatty self all the way to the school.  Lauryn appears to have a small fever or I think she may be suffering from excessive heat and over stimulization. Either way she is lying in bed with Tug watching movies.

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