Back to work

It was great to have last Monday off after returning from Vegas. We headed to El Paso early in the morning to have the oil changed in the Toyota, had breakfast and did our shopping.

We watched a couple of good movies this week. I really, really liked “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” and we laughed through “Knocked Up.” “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” isn’t exactly an uplifting movie, but it was very well done – and, of course, I love Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

Last night we had our Foreign Service neighbors over for dinner: Teresa and Michael and newly-arrived Caroline and Harold (coming here from Frankfurt). We had a great time…so much so that I have a wee bit of an overhang this morning. It was a lot of fun.

John is duty officer this week, which means he is on call for American Citizen emergencies. So far, nothing too dramatic has happened. As it would happen, he got several calls during the dinner party last night. One Mexican citizen called him a couple of times because her Mexican citizen family was in some sort of trouble here in Juarez. I’m not quite sure why she thought she should call the American Consulate, but John was able to refer her to some Mexican authorities for help.

While we were gone, Michael turned the dirt in our little back “yard” and seeded some grass. We’ve been watering faithfully each night…John calls it our Chia backyard. It’s pretty sad.

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