1. Tim is currently typing a letter on his ancient manual typewriter again and is thoroughly enjoying himself.
2. The subject of hot showers came up at breakfast this morning, and Julio (our host dad) was shocked to find that we don't have them. Apparently what we're getting is not normal, and because the rest of the family's showers operate off a different hot water heater, they didn't have any idea regarding the torture we have been facing. Someone is coming to look into it today. I still am not fully convinced that anything will change, but it's looking up.
3. Joni finishes school Monday (summer break begins) and we are planning on starting our Bible studies after that. She seems excited. In general, I have gotten to spend a fair amount of time with her recently, and I'm enjoying her company.
4. The Golden Compass came out in our local theater today, and since this is Tim's easy day (only one Spanish class instead of art plus two Spanish classes), we're going to see it. Our first movie in Peru! I think it is even in English with subtitles (instead of dubbed). The cost is equivalent to $3.50, which is ludicrious here but compared to Charlotte seems like a real bargain!
5. Tim lost his check card a few weeks ago and we got new "emergency" check cards from Visa yesterday. They are solid gold (color obviously, not metal) and have no designs on them. They say "Visa Gold Check Card" in plain black type on the top. We are very skeptical that any store will ever accept them, but hopefully the banks will let us get cash out now. There aren't that many places that accept cards anyway.
6. I think South America is in a summer cold spell right now, although it never gets all that hot or cold in our particular town. It's 55 F right now (9 am). It will probably be 65 F by mid afternoon, but I think that may be 10 degrees below average.
7.. Dec. 7. Pearl Harbor Day. The birthday of two of my cousins. We've been in language school one month exactly and in Peru 5 weeks. In two more weeks, we will be leaving for Christmas vacations in Puerto Supe and then in Buenos Aires. I can't believe how quickly time is passing! And still it feels so normal to be here.