Wednesday, October 31, 2007

hurricane noel kicked our asses.yesterday samil had "his" appointment with american citizen services at the consulate to get his american passport. why the consulate was even open during a hurricane... nobody knows. we left the house at 6:30 am, waited for the bus to be given the go ahead, rode 2 hours toward the capitol, only to be turned around with 40 minutes left to the voyage.

apparently the river swelled and the bridge collapsed. and some people died. good thing the americans were still open for business. sometimes i really, really understand the contempt people hold for us and not just our government.

anyway, the bus turned around and by 12o'clock we were back in the house.of course, now we have to reschedule our appointment.. which is nearly impossible since the consulate apparently doesn't have a telephone that works. or at least people to answer them when they ring.

samil turned 2months on monday and is getting cuter by the day.
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Monday, October 29, 2007

My first post.

Welcome to my new blog...

I'm a part-time teacher and a full time mom, an american living a dominican life... i came to this country, fell in love with it and a boy, got married and, well, here i am. we have a beautiful son, Samil, who just turned 2 months old and a sometimes mundane, sometimes absolutely hilarious life. you can read all about the antics (and boredom) of my dominican life.

To prove what a crazy bookworm I can be, I've decided to post this snobby list of things I've read.

Bold those you’ve read.Italicize books you have started but couldn’t finish.Add an asterisk* to those you have read more than once.Underline those on your To Be Read list.

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

Crime and Punishment


One Hundred Years of Solitude

Wuthering Heights

The Silmarillion

Life of Pi: A Novel

The Name of the Rose*

Don Quixote

Moby Dick


Madame Bovary

The Odyssey

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Eyre

A Tale of Two Cities

The Brothers Karamazov

Guns, Germs, and Steel: the Fates of Human Societies

War and Peace

Vanity Fair

The Time Traveller’s Wife

The Iliad


The Blind Assassin

The Kite Runner

Mrs. Dalloway

Great Expectations

American Gods

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Atlas Shrugged

Reading Lolita in Tehran

Memoirs of a Geisha



Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

The Canterbury Tales*

The Historian

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Love in the Time of Cholera

Brave New World

The Fountainhead

Foucault’s Pendulum



The Count of Monte Cristo


A Clockwork Orange

Anansi Boys

The Once and Future King

The Grapes of Wrath

The Poisonwood Bible


Angels & Demons

The Inferno

The Satanic Verses

Sense and Sensibility

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Mansfield Park

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

To the Lighthouse

Tess of the D’Urbervilles

Oliver Twist

Gulliver’s Travels

Les Misérables

The Corrections

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeDune

The Prince

The Sound and the Fury

Angela’s Ashes

The God of Small Things

A People’s History of the United States: 1492-Present



A Confederacy of Dunces

A Short History of Nearly Everything


The Unbearable Lightness of Being



The Scarlet Letter

Eats, Shoots & Leaves

The Mists of Avalon

Oryx and Crake

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

Cloud Atlas

The Confusion



Northanger Abbey

The Catcher in the Rye*

On the Road

The Hunchback of Notre Dame


Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

The Aeneid

Watership Down

Gravity’s Rainbow

The Hobbit

In Cold Blood

White Teeth

Treasure Island

David Copperfield

The Three Musketeers