Today started out well. Got up at about 7:50 AM, took a shower, and then got ready and dressed for church. We were running a tad late, so Christina and I just took some slices of bread with us to eat for breakfast. (I had to be there early to practice with Ellora. She sang in sacrament with me accompanying her). We arrived at church at about 20 til, only to find the gates locked. So, we had to wait a little (it was just a few minute) before going inside.
Ellora and I practiced for just a few minutes (she sang “Teach me to walk in the light”) I must admit, I have never been grossed out by a piano before, but today, that piano seriously grossed me out. It was just so…oily! It was gross. Nevertheless, I played (germ-xing my hands directly afterwards). I’ll admit, with the practice, I was nervous. Mainly because during practice, I played awfully.
Following practice, I played the interlude music for sacrament meeting. (Which also didn’t go to well. But, ya know, it’s the thought that counts right?) It wasn’t long until sacrament started. Which, at the last minute, they realized they had put up the wrong musical number (it was originally the hymn “Praise to the Man” but then it was corrected to “Let us All Press On.”) Kinda had to fake my way through that one. (I have never been able to play Let us All Press On well. I was fine with Praise to the Man, but obviously that was not the song we sang. I couldn’t help but think to myself, “I’ve been tricked!” :P) Then, for the second hymn, I’d looked at it previously and was like, that’s easy enough. Needless to say, I ended up biting my tongue. That song did not go over well, either. However, I was so proud of myself because, I didn’t really get nervous. I just told myself, “Hey, this is the last time you’ll be playing the piano, in Mexico, at church. So just enjoy the experience.” So I just kind of drunk it all in, not caring about all the mistakes I made.
Luckily, though, Ellora’s song went without a hitch. She sang it beautifully! And I managed to play it with no mistakes. #success
The final song of the meeting was a strictly Spanish song (i.e. a song only found in the Spanish hymn book). In other words, I didn’t know it at all. Luckily, it was just a simple 6/8 song. And I guess I must have played the rhythms right because no one threw tomatoes at me. (Not that they would. They are, after all Mormons).
But enough with the piano playing. I must do a quick shout out to Christina, who did a fabulous job today on her talk! She spoke so well! I enjoyed listening to it. #yourock
After church, we got picked up by MM. (Who took Brandon home as well). On the drive back, MM stops the car (at the stop sign) to make a call. I was confused (she’s never done this before), until I realized it was MM’s husband. It didn’t take long for me to catch that MM’s husband was saying that someone had robbed her parent’s house, and that her husband was already in a taxi en route to the house. Needless to say, MM dropped Brandon off right there (it was just a block from his house) then sped us home. She asked us if we were hungry, and I said, “Oh no, we’re good!” (A big fat lie. We were starving, but I didn’t want her to worry about us. It was much more important that she see to the needs of her parents first). So she dropped us off at the house, waited until we made it inside, and then zoomed away.
Needless to say, Christina and I headed to the kitchen and got a little snack (MM told us that she wasn’t sure when lunch would be because, ya know, that whole robbery thing). I had some toast with PB and frosted flakes. Following that, Christina and I laid down for a nap (I’m sure we talked a little before doing so. In fact, I believe we talked about Days for Girls and about what it was like to be a woman back in the day.
After the nap, we had lunch (we were awoken by MM’s husband on their return). Which was exciting. Most of the time was spent talking about the robbery.
So, I guess the robber had tried to break the window, but that didn’t work. So then he broke through the door. Everything in the house had been ransacked, with things thrown all over the place. Though not much was taken, I don’t believe. The robber escaped through the back by climbing up the plants (or something like that). Sounds like it was someone desperate for money (which, you know, with how poor some people are here, I wouldn’t doubt it). So yeah. It was frightening for the poor couple. But by the end of the meal, the grandma seemed a lot calmer.
After lunch (and chatting with the family for a good hour), we headed back to our room and chatted about the Word of Wisdom (why you may ask? Well, for desert today we were offered cake made with coffee. Which, I didn’t realize till I’d taken a bite of it. And even then, it took a moment to register. The grandma felt bad that she’d brought a desert we couldn’t eat, but we were like, No worries!! Anyway, of course, after that, a discussion ensued about caffeine versus coffee and tea and all that jazz. So, Christina and I tried to do some research on why it’s okay for us to drink caffeine, but not coffee and tea. Course, after all the research I did on caffeine today, I’m uh, probably not ever going to drink it again, sick or not. That stuff is SO bad for you. And yes, you can overdose on caffeine. And yes, it can kill you. Just something to think about).
About 5:30 PM Claire and Ellora showed up at our house to offer us a ride to FHE (we had FHE tonight because one of the students is leaving tomorrow). They ended up staying for a while because FHE wasn’t until 7 PM. We were shewed to our room by the adults, so we ended up just hanging out in our room talking until it was time to go. (We picked up the rest of Claire’s house on the way over there. It was pretty entertaining, fitting seven people into a honda. Four in the back, three in front. Claire ended up sitting on my lap. Malena was super funny and did “brake tests” several times. Luckily, we survived :P)
We made it to Raquel’s house in one piece. We then talked and waited for everyone else to show up. When they did, we had food! Spaghetti and some type of Mexican food, planichas? A pineapple drink. And some carrot cake and ice cream to follow. (I realized today that no, I really don’t like carrot cake. So how have I grown up thinking all these years that it’s my favorite??? I think I get spice cake and carrot cake mixed up. Because I do like spice cake).
Following food, we had this nice little slide show of pictures from the trip, done by Raquel (she did a smashing job!) Followed by a walk down memory lane (aka, everyone shared their favorite part from the trip. Mine was basically thanking them for all the support they gave me as they helped me through my fears. Kinda got choked up during it, which I was not expecting. What can I say? I hate goodbye activities).
After that, Christina and I walked home. It was a lovely evening. We had a good time talking about our favorite memories and things that we learned. I think I’m going to compose a list of my favorite things and what I learned for the last blog.
As for now, we were working on homework (a presentation on google docs), but the internet went out. So I ended up writing this blog in Word and posting it today. (Dern internet) So, yep.
Buuut, we have bomb plans for tomorrow! (Well, today, now). We are going to go to the beach and study! For rizzles. I’m super excited.
R J Carr