Obligatory Holiday Blog

Why 2 weeks without a blog post, you ask? 1) It’s Christmas. 2) Wife and I got early Christmas presents in the form of bronchitis last Monday. A full course of antibiotics later, I’m still a little under the weather, but definitely on the mend. So, yeah, blogging was definitely low on my priority list.

Now that the holiday has passed, I’m finding a little more time to write and relax. This is not guaranteed to last, however. I have a job interview tomorrow morning for a position at the Embassy (the one I posted for in my rant the other week), and I hope it goes well. Would be great to get out of the house. But this also brings up the question of hiring a niñera (au pair, nanny, etc.), something I’m not looking forward to. In D.C., we had a great situation with an EFM friend of ours who didn’t want to learn Swahili and had a daughter of roughly the same age. Son loved this arrangement very much, and it gave me the opportunity to get out and take Spanish @ FSI.

Now, we’re in an entirely different situation, in a different country, with no one we can really trust. It’s going to be hard to find someone. We’d ideally like to find someone we really like and can take with us, but we’ve not heard many success stories coming out of domestic help/nanny situations here in the D.R. We;re also not having much luck in searching through friends here, and agencies focusing on domestic placement seem to be lacking. Our biggest wish is that we find someone who is still in school (we;ll be happy to help pay for that), is trustworthy (no criminal/credit problems), and who will care for our son like their own. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

The holidays passed without much fanfare this year… Son got some new toys to play with, my wife and I didn’t really exchange gifts (she’s got a Wii Fit on order, and we’re getting her an iPod touch next time we’re back in the States, I got a surfboard before we left the U.S. and something else which I forget). We couldn’t have a nice Christmas dinner due to crowds and traffic (and my laziness, who am I kidding?) as trying to get to the food store would have taken me hours on Thursday. Instead we’ll do a nice Holiday dinner on New Year’s Eve. Prime Rib and various accoutrements will ensue. We spent some nice time with our sponsors on Christmas Day, drinking coquitos, Presidente, and shooting the breeze.

This was my first Christmas away from my extended family. I Skyped with the immediate family on Saturday, and was planning to do the same with the extended family on Sunday, but the “Snowpocalypse 2010” (their words, not mine) in New England interfered with those plans. It was both nice (in that it was 83 degrees and sunny Christmas Day), and sad (in that I didn’t get to spend Christmas with the people with whom I have spent the last 32 Christmases). But I guess I have to get used to that, as while the Dominican Republic is only a short flight for my family (all on the East Coast), we ARE worldwide-available, and could end up in Far-away-istan next post.

I’ll have more updates later this week, and many more in the New Year. Caring full-time for my kid and keeping this house together cut into blogging time. I can’t wait for school to start again on Jan. 10. We also have something like 7 holidays in January here, so it’s possible we may have some more traveling ahead.