Well, yesterday I got my first Chilean haircut. It was getting so long it was driving me crazy. If only I'd known! It's true what they say: "You don't know what you've got until you lose it."
Ok, so maybe I'm being a little dramatic. It's not THAT bad. But it is very short. Much shorter than I anticipated. She cut off what I asked for, and then kept going back in to make it even, to fix it, to give it more layers, to make it thinner. And kept going and going and going. I was thinking that I should say something, but I figured she was about done each time! The good news is that it'll look normal in 2 weeks. This is really just a test of patience for me....and a test at my creativity in hairstyling. I went to school today and got a lot of compliments, so I guess I did something right this morning! :o)
On a happier note.... The Chilean Independence Day is coming up...A week from today actually, Sept 18. It's a big deal here; way bigger than the 4th of July. The school is having a big program on Friday that the kids have been working on since the beginning of the school year, and there won't be any classes that day. There's no school on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (yay!) so there's a lot of time to go to the festivities around the city. Let's see....Sunday after church some of my Chilean friends are taking me to see the "fairs" in the city. Fair is not really an accurate word, but there's nothing quite like it in the States. There's typical Chilean food, dance, music...and I think maybe games? Oh, and Chilean rodeo. Haha. Tuesday the church is having a big event at the new property where the new church will eventually be built (continue to pray for that. The only think holding us up is getting all the approvals from the municipality. We're hoping to break ground Oct 1.). There will be games, food, music, and general merriment. Should be fun!! Wednesday we're going to the lake as a family to go sailing. I love being on boats, and I've never been sailing before, so I'm really excited about it. I'm sure I'll have lots to post about as I go to all these activities. And I'm sure I'll have plenty of pictures to show...maybe some video if I can manage it!
Before I go...a few other firsts. Today I had my first Spanish "class." It's really just me and a Chilean girl talking (she brought a friend with her). But I'm so excited because I learn more when I'm forced to talk. And one of my friends from church is going to help me once all the festivities are done next week.
I also went grocery shopping with Ruthann this afternoon. I've been to the store several times, but she kept sending me to go get certain things for her. So I got to talk to the guy at the bakery and the guy at the deli, as well as walk around reading the signs to make sure I knew what I was looking at! It was fun, educational, and a lot of help for her since she's recently suffered some minor injuries that make every day stuff difficult (a sore left shoulder and two sprained fingers on her right hand).
Ok, I really should go now. I'm supposed to be doing school work right now. We're studying Macbeth right now. Next week they will be performing some scenes for me. The class is full of hams and I picked some really good scenes, so it should be pretty entertaining. I'll keep you posted!