The break was too short. Too short, indeed. But I got to drive down to Wilmington to see Andy, my parents (who're back in the US), and Saloumeh. Andy made pork & side dishes, and we enjoyed some wine & conversation. We also taught our parents to play poker. Sadly, I had to take breaks at times to grade a few more papers (I actually didn't finish grading until Sunday night). Despite the traffic, a really good visit.
In solid Centellas family tradition, we saw some terrible movies. Among the things on television that we watched (and I'm not entirely sure why): most of Rocky III & IV, the last half of The Perfect Man (w/ Heather Locklear & Hilary Duff), the last 40 minutes of Babe, and I can't remember what else. Oh, and we saw the new James Bond film. And it was the worst series of the franchise yet. Seriously. Save your money & go see anything else, instead.
Saturday, Andy came up to Carlisle for a quick visit. I took him for a walk through the old cemetery (mostly because I hadn't been there yet & Andy's never been in a cemetery at night, which I just can't fathom). We also saw the only decent movie watched all week: Keeping Mum. If you get a chance, check it out. It's a brilliantly subtle dark British comedy (someone in the audience described the lead character as a scary Marry Poppins).
Now it's Monday noon & I've just gotten back into the swing of things. This is going to be a very quick week. I have to prep for the rest of this & the start of next week all by Wednesday evening. Because I'm getting married this weekend! How crazy is that? I get married on Saturday in Chicago, then fly back to teach on Monday morning.
But the last task is underway. I'm burning CDs for the wedding guests. I'll post the playlist later; it's a surprise.
So forgive me if I ignore the meltdown in Bolivian politics until next week. After all, if Evo (the president) can ignore the crisis by flying to Europe for a week, I don't see why I can't.
Posted by Miguel at 12:09 PM
i am so sad we're going to miss your wedding! i bet it will be amazing!
Posted by: alison p at November 27, 2006 07:09 PM
Go ahead and marry in peace! As you said, if the president of Bolivia can take a brake in the middle of such a crisis to go celebrate a birthday, it is most arguable a wedding has higher priority. Especially if it's your own wedding. Bolivia'll still be there.
Happy wedding day!
Posted by: miguel (mabb) at November 28, 2006 08:48 AM
Yeah the break was definately too short. I think there's some public schools in Georgia that take the whole week off for Thanksgiving. But it was nice having school for a few days because on Tuesday I taught our mostly Mexican students about Thanksgiving.
And post a few pictures of your wedding please :) Hang in there too, your first semester of teaching is almost over!
Posted by: Kara at November 28, 2006 08:49 AM
Que bueno saber de ti!! me alegra que haigas podido pasar tiempo en familia, auque sea corto pero YA!
Debes estar muy atareado y un poco loco con todo lo que tienes que hacer y preparar.
Pero lo importante es disfrutar el momento y no dejes que nada ni nadie te quite el GOZO de tu boda a ti y a tu futura ESPOSA!!!!!
Disfruta que cuando miras atras ya todo TERMINO!!!
PD. Lamento no haber enviado nada por tu boda soy un cabeza de pollo.
Posted by: David C. at November 28, 2006 02:54 PM
Happy belated Thanksgiving, Miguel! And early congrats to your wedding !! =)
Posted by: Stephanie at November 30, 2006 07:45 PM
Congratulations on your wedding, Miguel! I hope you get to enjoy a proper getaway with your bride in due course. And to think, I thought I was crazy to squeeze an APSA annual meeting into my honeymoon itinerary. Understanding spouses are truly priceless. Much as I'd love to hear your take on what Morales is up to in Bolivia, I think blogging should probably take a back seat for now. Que Dios les bendiga.
Posted by: Andrew at December 1, 2006 03:06 PM