Maybe not too unlike yourself, I find myself on the internet for one reason or another...basically all the time. Maybe I'm getting on for one thing, say searching for a particular recipe, but before I know it, I find that I'm reading about North Korea. Or I could be opening up a new tab to start working out in the morning, and remember that I 'need' to check on this, that, or the other, and before you know it, I'm reading about the royals. So here I am to share the latest and greatest I've stumbled upon in the past few weeks - some funny, some interesting, and no politics (although no promises for future posts). ;)
I'm not sure if I've mentioned this habit that Danny and I have developed over the past year or so here, but if you've eaten out with us recently, you've probably noticed that we...consult...one another more than most couples might when out to eat. There's a reason for that. 9.5 times out of 10, Danny and I decide which two dishes on the menu we are the most interested in, and then order those two, with the full intention that each of us is going to get half of both. After sharing in this manner for a while now, and realizing that we may never go back to eating out "the old way," we made a list of the reasons we just can't stop, plus our ground rules that make the method work.
Typically winters in Madrid are pretty mild. One decent jacket is usually enough to get you through, and we've found anything else is hardly necessary aside for the occasional cold snap here and there. We've never had snow during our three winters here, save for a few flurries one day last year, but this week that all changed.
Like most people, we have to buy groceries each week, but I thought it might be interesting if this week we shared our meal plan for the week, everything we bought, and how much it cost. I can be a pretty nosy Ned, so I find these types of posts on other peoples' blogs particularly interesting, and perhaps someone else will be the same.
We may be almost three weeks into 2018, but I'm not going to let that stop me from doing a little round up of some top highlights from last year, with a little peek into this upcoming year tacked onto the end, too. Aside from the very first few days of 2017, which we spent in Colorado due to my brother's wedding, we spent the entire year abroad, mostly based out of Madrid, Spain. During the school year, we taught English at Spanish Catholic schools, and during the summer, we taught English at a summer camp in Istanbul, Turkey.
It has been one day shy of seven weeks since I last updated the blog, and while I definitely didn't anticipate that being the case, it has been for a few reasons. One, it took nearly two months for us to get internet installed in our apartment. Yeah. I wrote that correctly. It's almost like we were the first people in all of Spain to get internet service, it took such an insane amount of time, as well as so many trips to the store and phone calls to make it happen...but it's here and it's working, sooo....all is (basically) forgiven. The other reason that I haven't been around these parts is that while we have some internet access at school, our situation is much different than what we both are used to, and we have had to make a lot of adjustments. I simply haven't had the spare time that I had during my school days last year to work on personal projects, and without internet at home, many things like blogging have slipped to the wayside as it's just not as important as things like paying credit card bills or planning classes.
The past four months, while they may have started out in a fairly ordinary manner, certainly didn't continue that way for long. In May we carried on teaching at our respective schools but saw classes very rapidly take a more...relaxed turn, shall we say? In many ways the last two months (ever since returning from Semana Santa/Spring Break) in the middle of April felt kind of like we were on the downhill, especially since just nine days after our 11-day break, we had a four day weekend. Kids and teachers alike took cues from the weather and started checking out a bit.