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Now it’s just us…

Well, the house is now pretty empty. It’s back to just the 4 of us – Javi and me and the pupsters. Yesterday was the first day in a month that I came home to an empty house (with the exception of the doggos) – no Paula knitting on the couch, no Mery crocheting by the window and  no Pancho cutting up fruit in the kitchen. As if to mark the occasion, yesterday was the first truly cold day we’ve had in a couple of weeks – it actually snowed a tiny bit (though to Nashvillians it was like a snowpocalypse). We’ve really lucked out with the weather for the past several weeks, with only a few days here and there where it got even close to freezing. Hell, I left the house without a coat yesterday. Anyway, the heavens opened up and let loose a bit of snow just as Paula took off on her plane to Miami at around 6AM. Javi and I woke up with her at 3:30 to get her to the airport by 4…needless to say it was a rough morning the second time I woke up before going to class. Paula had a 10 hour layover in Miami…such a drag. La casa ahora esta vacia. Volvimos a ser 4 – Javi y yo y los cachorros. Ayer fue la primera vez en un mes que vuelvo a casa a una casa vacia (exepto por los perros) – Paula no esta tejiendo en el sillon, Mery no teje a crochet al lado de la ventana y Pancho no esta cortando fruta en la ciocina. Y como si el tiempo quisiera haber marcado la ocasion, ayer fue el primer dia verdaderamente frioincluso nevo un poquito (aunque para la gente de Nashville era como el apocalipsis!). Hemos tenido mucha suerte con el tiempo en las ultimas semanas, con solo unos pocos dias por aqui y por alla con temperaturas cerca del 0. Tanto que ayer ni siquiera sali de casa con chaqueta. Pero bueno, el paraiso se abrio y dejo caer un poco de nieve justo cuando Paula salia rumbo a Miami cerca de las 6 de la manana. Javi y yo nos despertamos a las 3:30 para llevarla al aeropuerto a las 4…demas esta decir que fue una manana dificil la segunda vez que me tuve que despertar para ir a clases. Paula tuvo una escala de 10 horas en Miami…una lata.
Anyway, on Wednesday, Paula’s last day, we had a good time trying to make the most of it. After running a few errands to make sure all the loose ends were tied up before she hopped on the plane, we picked up Javi from work and went straight to the Family Wash. Throughout her stay here Paula got to eat at the Pied Piper 4 times, Jeni’s ice cream 4 times, the Village Pub twice, Puckett’s twice, Monell’s twice…I mean she really got to live it up here! So she got to pick the location for her last Nashville meal and it was between the Silly Goose and the Family Wash. In the end she decided on the Family Wash because she figured she can’t make the Shepherd’s Pie back in Chile. We just so happened to show up on kids night – their first kids night in fact, so all you Nashville parents listen up! Kids eat free – or at least that’s what I understood, none of us qualified for the kids menu. They also had entertainment from the soon-to-be-renowned Professor Smartypants, a jolly fellow in a bowler hat playing a banjo and kazoo. Although we didn’t have any kids with us, we had a good time for the first few songs Prof. Smartypants played (he started playing when we got our check)…I mean, in case you haven’t already noticed, Javi and I are pretty much two big kids. His songs were mostly about food, which was appropriate for the setting, and the kids clapped and laughed so I’m guessing they’ll probably continue the kids night thing. Pero bueno, el Miercoles, el ultimo dia de Paula, lo pasamos bien tratando de aprovecharlo lo mas posible. Despues de hacer alguna diligencias y asegurarnos que no nos faltaba nada antes de que se subiera al avion, recogimos a Javi en su trabajo y nos fuimos directo a Family Wash. Durante su estadia Paula pudo comer 4 veces en Pied Piper, 4 veces en Jennis Ice Cream, 2 en el Village Pub, 2 en Pucketts y 2 en Monells….en verdad pudo aprovechar aqui! Asi que le dimos para elegir su ultima comida del viaje y era entre Silly Goose y Family Wash. Al final decidio Family Wash porque dijo que no puede hacer el mismo Shepherd’s Pie en Chile. Justo fuimos para la noche de ninos – su primera noche para ninos en realidad, asi que los papas en Nashville pongan atencion! Ninos comen gratis – o por lo menos eso entendi yo del anuncio, nuino de nosotros califica para el menu de ninos. Tambien tenian entretenimiento para ellos gracias al pronto para ser conocido Profesor Smartypants, un tipo muy feliz con un sombrero de copa tocando el banjo y una corneta. A pesar que no teniamos a ningun nino con nosotros, lo pasamos bien escuchando las primeras canciones del Profesor (justo empezo a tocar cuando pediamos la cuenta)…osea, en caso que no lo hayan notado, Javi y yo somos 2 ninos grandes. Sus canciones eran la mayoria sobre comida, lo que era perfecto para la ocasion, y los ninos aplaudieron y rieron asi que me imagino que el seguira siendo el entretenimiento para las noches de ninos.

After dinner Paula treated us to Jeni’s ice cream – her final chance to get that pistachio & honey / lemon ice cream that she loves. Javi got a gigantic sundae called the Mock Turtle and I got a cup of the pistachio & honey / PB & dark chocolate. With sprinkles. Aaaahmazing. To top off the night we watched the last two episodes of Band of Brothers (we watched the whole series over the last few days…I’m obsessed) and…packed the suitcases. That last part wasn’t fun but the rest of the evening was great! Three hours after we fell asleep we were up again on our way to the airport…saying goodbye to loved ones is not my favorite way to start the day, but we know we’ll see her again soon! Despues de la cena, Paula nos invito a tomar helado a Jenni’s ice cream – su ultima oportunidad de pedir helado de pistacho y miel, y yoghurt de limon que tanto le gusta. Javi se pidio un sundae gigante llamado Mock Turtle y yo me pedi helado de pistacho y miel, y mantequilla de mani y chocolate. IIIIIIIIINCREIBLE! Para cerrar la noche, miramos los ultimos 2 episodios de Band of Brothers (miramos los 10 capitulos en los ultimos dias…estoy obsesionada) e…hicimos maletas. La ultima parte no fue entretenida pero el resto de la noche fue genial! Tres horas despues de habernos quedado dormidos nos levantamos para ir al aeropuerto….decirle adios a la gente que mas quieres no es la mejor manera de empezar el dia, pero sabemos que la veremos de nuevo pronto!
from Paula's first trip to Jeni's back in December
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So now it’s officially back to the routine. I survived my first week of the semester, Javi is almost finished with his first week back at work and the pups are going to have to adjust to having our undivided attention again without any other family members to distract us. I know it’ll be hard for them! Asi que ahora si estamos de vuelta en la rutina. Yo sobrevivi mi primera semana de clases del semestre, Javi casi termina su primera semana de vuelta en el trabajo y los cachorros se van a tener que acostumbrar a no tener la atencion de algun familiar todo el tiempo. Sera dificil para ellos!

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