Holy doodle - time is flying!
I wish you so much happiness in this season! It feels, to me, at this time of year (and a few others) that important times and celebrations in the year coincide in many people's faiths. I can hear the pessimist in the back of my head commenting on the fact that conquest often involves co-opting other holidays... However, looking to the future and building new possibility, I am choosing to see it as times in the year where there is collective good will, optimism and possibility. So - blessings to you, in all that you celebrate, dream and hope for.
I cannot believe that the first term is done! I am now on a break (YAY!!) which I think I was beginning to long for. The conclusion of the Formal, non-formal and informal education course was good. My classmates presented some really interesting ideas and activities and I think we had fun doing it. My research proposal is off, awaiting approval by the department head (yikes!) and the rain has finally stopped!
Last week my Dad came to Costa Rica and helped kick start my holiday. We had a blast! It feels like we spent a bunch of time in a car (some of which I am sure is influenced by the roads we were on and some by the fact that I haven't really been in a car since getting here - just the mini-buses on the way to school) but we got to see and do a lot!
Here's my photo sneak peek! We went up to Monte Verde and Arenal. The mountains and all that lives and grows there are so beautiful. We saw birds, critters, flowers, monkeys and so much more. My photos can't come close to doing it justice, but I happily clicked away anyway. We walked through part of the cloud forest - both on land and in the canopy on bridges, we went on a night hike (so very cool!) and on a river 'cruise'.
My Dad has returned to Canada and I have moved onto Christmas putz-ing about. I have some of my classmates coming tomorrow for a feast! I have possibly the smallest oven I have ever seen - and possibly the largest turkey I have ever cooked... so we shall see how that all works out. I made both buns and pie today and they great. My mom refers to this kind of action as cooking therapy (which I think is a mix of the calm that comes with cooking and joy at feeding people!) which I love. I am sure some of it is wanting to just keep busy to not miss home too much too, but I am enjoying it here (and the warmth!) I do hope my friends come hungry, tomorrow. I have a bit of a bad habit of cooking more than is needed. Good thing I love leftovers.
Next week, the wonderful Trish is coming for a visit! I think we too will have a blast! The plan includes pineapple (and mangos -cause they just came back into season!!), a beach, lots of chatting and some geekery in the form of a bird book and binoculars (I have Tia's here and it sounds like Trish is bringing hers and the book). I hope the geekery includes tips from Trish on how to use the binoculars though, (I can't seem to get Tia's to focus) so that the birding part is a wee bit easier. Trish's one of my expert birders, although I distinctly recall her once ranting about never wanting to see another little yellow bird...).
Anyway - the fireworks marking midnight are now fading and my eyes are drooping. Time for sleep.
Blessings and peace to you!