I know it’s not Christmas and Christmas is when people think of Handel’s Messiah. I like to be different, I guess. I was just recalling going to hear Handel’s Messiah in December for the first time in I can’t remember how long, but possibly 20 years. I guess time flies when you’re having fun.
The Hallelujah Chorus is the one that gets the most the attention, and this choir we heard really nailed it, but I have a few bits that I enjoy more. For example, if I was a tenor, comfort Ye My People is bit I would want to sing. In fact, truth be told, when we play the CD in the house, I sort of belt this one out really loudly, don’t tell anyone.
This weekend I got a Kuna beaded anklet, a long string of beads that when tied on just right a pattern emerges. The Kuna women wear them on their calves and arms. I’ve always wanted one, and for one reason or another, never got one. I suppose I bugged my mom about it when I was a teenager, but we never spent our money that way. You know, frivolous or something. Which it totally is, but I wanted one and now I have one
This weekend we were in El Valle being touristy, shopping for knick knacks at the local market and I saw the most lovely anklets so I took the opportunity.
Here’s a video in case you’re curious about the process. What I find hilarious is that I was thinking exactly the same things the women in the video are saying. While the woman was tying it on my ankle, I was totally trying to figure out how to make one myself at home
We finally got a Panamanian tamale. A friend of mine chastised me for not having had one yet, so I fixed that.
I got this delectable morsel at the Piedra Pintada trailhead. Lovely roadside stand had Arroz con Coco and Salchicha too, but sadly we had just eaten so we were all stuffed. We opted for this tamale to go so we could eat it later.
Upon checking into our hotel in David, Chiriquí, Panama, we heard a loud noise coming down the street. I thought it was likely a political hoopla, national elections are quickly approaching. There didn’t appear to be a slogan or anything pointing to a candidate, just a truck flying a flag of the province of Chiriquí with a brass bad in the bed of the truck blaring as loud as can be. And more horses than I have ever seen. The parade was six horses wide on the street and parade went on for a good 10 minutes.
Oh, and beer, many of the riders were carrying plastic cups of beer.
One of the recognizable touristy things in Panama are the colorful buses. They aren’t as common in Panama City as they used to be, but are still all over the Colon side of the country. I saw this one yesterday in a town called Puerto Pino.
Under the beautiful painting of animals is written “The planet is a gift from God, don’t destroy it”.
A few months ago some local tech friends, Jamii Corley, Alice Shriver, Anna Doo, and I got this idea to participate in the Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Conferences. EYH is a conference for young girls in middle school and high school that offers, according to their website, “opportunities to explore their career options through small hands-on technical career workshops led by female professionals from their local community.”
At the Digital Family Summit in October, my kids went to a game workshop where they learned about Scratch, some really nifty story, animation and game creation software. If you’ve never heard of it, check it out, it’s fun for kids of all ages. It was a huge hit with my kiddos and we decided to give it a go with the girls at EYH.
The presentation was a resounding success, the girls were really into it. Jamii did a fantastic job presenting the ideas to the girls, starting them off with a quick tutorial and then we split into small groups where we all helped the girls create new projects, add sprites and new costumes, sounds, backgrounds, and anything they wanted to add.
We even had a few girls who had used Scratch at their schools and we were able to let them take the lead in some of the small groups.
Here are some pics:
There is a palm tree in the backyard of the house I am currently staying at. When the wind blows through the leaves, it sounds like it’s raining. And it makes me sleepy. It sounds like heaven.