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A British tradition

 

Last Thursday, Eric and I had our first mince pies!  Yep, its true…neither of us have ever had one.  These little pastries are a British tradition during the holidays.   I am told that if you eat your very first mince pie of each season without talking, you will have good luck  in the coming year.  Sadly, I couldn’t hold myself to it as I was surrounded by my coworkers at a holiday lunch.   The one pictured is an extra I brought home to share with Eric :)

On Thursday I also completed paperwork to become a Relief Worker with Framework – an organisation I’ve heard many good things about.  They are a housing organisation working with homeless or vulnerable people for one reason or another.  Afterword, I met with a woman from one of their services who explained a bit more about the ethos of Framework, one which I truly admire and am sooo excited about.  This meeting only confirmed the excellent things I’ve heard about them from acquaintances and also what I observed when I met with the managers at another location a few weeks ago.

My temporary post at the Uni has been a blessing and a curse.  The longer I’m here, the more I feel it is the latter and I must admit, it has sortof given me a…well yes…negative experience of this little island’s inhabitants and way of life.  I know there is more out there, its just hard to see when I’m stuck not being able to connect with the community because I’m here.  So, I am REALLY looking forward to this Relief Worker position (she’s hoping this first assignment will be a full time post temporarily) and am assured it will most likely lead to a full time permanent position with them in the near future!

Lastly, look at our Christmas tree!!  Do you love it???!  It is potted and I’m hoping it survives for next year as well.  With my mom arriving on Christmas day, Eric and I have been wrapping up our presents to put under the tree and realised this is the first year we’ve actually done that together…typically we are traveling up to Concord and Merced right about now so that’s kinda fun even though we will miss seeing all of the family!

Happy Christmas everyone!

December 23rd, 2008

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