Wow! First post of the new year! How are you all doing? I'm doing pretty well myself- the family's healthy, Sarah's growing like a weed, and scaring me with how smart she is.
How was your Christmas and New Year's? Ours was great- we spent three weeks in Quito with Pilar's family. It was our first trip there in over three years, and Sarah's first time ever. We survived the plane rides- Sarah was great both coming and going, a real trooper.
In lieu of anything more substantive, here are a few facts and figures from the trip:
Number of days spent in Quito: 21
Highest elevation attained: 4100 meters at the Teleferico
Books read (in order): The Grin of the Dark (Ramsey Campbell), I Am America (And So Can You) (Stephen Colbert), Murder in Mesopotamia (Agatha Christie), A Confederacy of Dunces (John Kennedy Toole), Grotesque (Natsuo Kirino), Shadow Prey (John Sandford), The Queen of the South (Arturo Perez-Reverte).
Number of cuy* eaten: 2
Ratio of Cold Showers to Hot Showers: 4:1
Number of "Best of Three" rounds of Volleyball played on New Year's Eve: 6
Number of Sore Muscles on New Year's Day: How many are in the human body?
New Words and Phrases Learned by Sarah: "Ai-Yi-Yi", Vayvo (huevo/egg), Chew (Mateo, her cousin), Dayo (Diego, another cousin), choo-choo (car or train)
Number of pictures taken: 261
Minutes of video taken: 108
* Cuy is an Ecuadorian delicacy, and one of my favorite foods- it's guinea pig, either barbecued or (my preference) battered and deep fried. It tastes a lot like rabbit.