||[Jul. 20th, 2010|10:12 pm]
Sah-pain (or Spain, for those of you who speak English without a Thai accent) won the World Cup. Old news, but I haven't updated in a while. Too bad the final was at 1:30am on Monday morning and I was on the night bus back up to Chiang Rai from Bangkok. Happy about it. After the U.S. lost to Ghana (didn't expect them to get that far), and then having my two backup teams (NL and Spain) face off in the final, I think I can say that I had a satisfying World Cup.
Since when am I into soccer? Since never, but in Thailand it was EVERYWHERE and I got kinda into it. Plus I was with a bunch of Dutch friends for most of the games, and they were REALLY into it. Now it's over and I have nothing to do at night (and nothing to talk to my kids about--I almost instigated several little 12-year-old boy fights when I asked "Sooooooo whooooooo do youuuuu THINK...will....WIN...theeeeeeee WORLD CUP?" That is how I have to speak to my students, little dears).
Buddhist Lent is on Monday, which means....FIVE DAY WEEKEND...which means....KOH CHANG [Elephant Island]...which in turn means...SEVENTEEN HOURS ON A BUS. ONE WAY. But so worth it. Too bad my digital camera is b0rked, otherwise I'd take some sweet pictures of coral reefs and shit. Meeting up with a bunch of other ladies and gents from CIEE, most of whom I haven't seen since our first week in Bangkok. Going to be fun. Hiking and snorkling and ummmmmmm beach. :]
Graaaaaagen comes in September, and I'm excited. Still not sure when, gots to work out dates. It couldn't come soon enough. I miss that darn boy. Plus it'll be nice to have someone to go exploring with.
Anddddddd I come home October 6th, for two weeks. Mark yo calendars, if you're in Vermont. My dad's getting hitched to Laurie on 10.10.10 (ugh, kinda tacky...but kinda cool?--I'm super pumped at any rate), and then my Mama's 50th birthday is the 13th. But any of the 12 other days I'm home and not having family time, I'm free. And I want to see you. You know who you are. Kinda sad the timing will be too early for Matt/Robin's wedding, but eh...one wedding is enough for a visit. Plus my dad wants to make it a wedding slash Let's-Pretend-We're-At-Summer-Camp type deal, with kayaks and badminton and ping pong set up in the back yard...it will be oh so rad.
And Gina's birthday is the 22nd (Michelle's is the 21st--happy birthday, lady), and she has to have another surgery sometime in August. Not a huge one, but they're doing a new procedure they've just developed and never done on her, to clear some of the blockage in one of her heart valves. Pissed I can't be there, because she's terrified. But she is getting a GreenDay concert out of this (with both of my parents in tow...I can't picture that). Little girl sends me the cutest emails, love them to death.
Stream of consciousnessy update. I can't organize my thoughts. Time for shower, Arrested Development, bed.