Pitatayo is me! That's how I pronounced my first and last name when I was really little and learning to talk. This blog is about me, my life, my experiences and other things I want to write about.

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Saturday, April 30

Beach Day

Today we went to the beach with friends. The weather was great and it wasn't humid. The water temperature, however, was 70 degrees. And to me, that's cold! It was fun. Today was a good day.

Friday, April 29

Bad Day

I hope today is better than yesterday. The coffee explosion was just the start to a bad day. I was hoping it would get better but I don't think it really did. I think the worst part of the explosion, besides the stains on the wall, is that I didn't have coffee to drink which was hard. I was really tired and just wanted to go back to bed.

We made it to work but then I had a hard day at work. I was glad to go home. But on the way home I realized the cute t-shirt I was wearing had a tear in it! NOOOOO! I was really bummed because I loooooved this t-shirt and bought it for a great price! So when we got home I went straight to Target to exchange it. I couldn't find one my size at first but after 30 minutes of searching finally found my size. YAY!!!!

Then I met the check out guy. He looked like a college kid that didn't care about anything. And he was scanning my t-shirts and another sweater, srunching it up in a ball, and throwing them in a bag! After staring at him in shock for a few seconds I said to him:

Me: So you're not going to fold the clothes?
Guy: No, they're not those kind of clothes.
Me: Is that how you were trained?
Guy: I had 30 min of training.

Not those kind of clothes? So I know Target isn't high quality but at least lay them in there, don't make a point of scrunching them up like you don't care! I didn't push it because I didn't want this poor ignorant guy to get the leftovers of my bad day. So I just paid and left.

Dinner was no problem and afterwards I decided it was a cookie making night. I tend to bake when I'm stressed out. They came out good too! Yum! I washed the coffee stained clothes and the stains came out but during the process the zipper on Rob's jacket broke. Later the toilet got stuck again and Rob fixed it again.

They day finally ended with us watching Survivor and The Apprentice. I was glad to go to bed. I really do think today will be better. It's already started out better.

Thursday, April 28

My Explosive Morning

My morning started out fairly normal. The alarm went off at 7:45 am and I turned it off. The second alarm went off at 8:15 am and at 8:25 I figured I probably needed to get up and get ready for work. I showered, dressed (it took awhile to decide what to wear) and had breakfast. And then I realized I was tired and a cup of coffee sounded really good. As I do many mornings, I put my espresso maker on the burner. A few minutes later...BOOM!!!!...I screamed...Rob ran to the kitchen and...

Coffe Explosion

Busted Espresso Maker

Coffee on the fridge Coffee on the wall

...my espresso maker exploded! There was coffee everywhere! And coffee grinds...everywhere!

Instead of going to work we cleaned the kitchen. We got most of the coffee grinds cleaned up. The walls...well...let's just say we now have a new "faux" finish on two walls. I like to call it the "coffee stain" finish.

Two hours later with the kitchen was clean enough, we were off to work. Rob finished cleaning when we got home from work. We have no idea how to clean the coffee off the ceiling. We'll figure it out later. But I was able to get the coffee stains out of my clothes.

Tuesday, April 26

11 PM Neighbor

It's 10:44 pm and my neighbor across the street is home early tonight. He usually gets home at 11 pm. How do I know this? I can hear his car when he comes home, even with the TV on. It's super duper loud and then he lets it run in the driveway for a minute or so before turning it off.

Rob's Coming Home

Yay! Rob comes home tomorrow! He's been in South Carolina for the last week visiting some of our ministry partners and visiting his family. So it's just been me and Derby. And Derby has been very easy to talk to. We've had all kinds of interesting conversations. Hhhmmm...that's probably a sign that I've been alone too much lately.

So this week I've spent most of my time sleeping and resting. I've been so tired that I haven't even had the energy to talk to people, except Derby of course. It's been taking a lot of energy out of me. But after a few days of wonderful silence, I'm feeling a little better now and I'm glad Rob is coming home.

Unfortunately for Rob, he's coming home to a toilet that needs to be fixed and my car that smells like it's leaking gas.

Saturday, April 23

My "Beach"

PR beach
As I was sitting outside on my patio yesterday the desire to be at the beach hit me. Some summers the beach desire is not so strong but it hit me hard yesterday. It was such a beautiful day, sunny but not super humid yet. So I thought I'd try to go to the beach today.

Well, I got out of bed at 1 pm so that idea went out the door. I'm too tired to make the 45 minute drive to Cocoa Beach. I've been super exhausted the last few days and have been sleeping a good 12 hours or more a night. I need the rest.

I still have that beach desire though. And when I think of the beach I usually think of Puerto Rico since that is where I grew up going to the beach. So I decided to make my own little "beach" atmosphere. I just finished breakfast (I know, it's 2 pm) with my Puerto Rican coffee. The radio is on the Spanish station, and I've been hanging out in my hammock on the patio. It's breezy so I'm pretending it is an ocean breeze.

I just remembered that my sister and her boyfriend are in Puerto Rico for the week visiting my family. She's probably having the real beach experience.

(I'm calling my aunt and sister in PR now.)

Okay, so I just talked to my aunt and they are driving around the island and were about to stop at the beach in Vega Baja. I'm so jealous! But I'm glad they are having a great time!

Thursday, April 21


I talked to my nieces over the phone tonight and they are so cute! I didn't understand most of what they said, but that's okay.

Sunday, April 17

Nap Time

I'm at a friends house in their office and, obviously, on the computer. On the floor next to me is their 100 lb yellow lab. He's asleep. On the chair next to me is their furry cat. He's asleep too.

I've never seen cats sleep. He snores and his tail twitches every so often. He's cute.

Saturday, April 16

Blister Update

Due to popular demand (okay, it was only one person) here is the photo of the big fat blister on the bottom of my foot. Click on the photo to see a larger version.

It's hard to walk around because of it. So today when Rob and I went to Target I got to use one of those granny scooters! I think Rob was embarrased but I had a great time! If only it would move a little faster.

Budapest Recap

Rob gathered all our posts about our Budapest, along with a few others, and put them in one blog post. You can go to his blog to read about A Budapest Retrospective

Thursday, April 14

Big Fat Blister

Nothing major going on today. But I do have a wart on the bottom of my foot that the doctor worked on yesterday and now it's a big fat blister. It's really gross looking, but kinda cool at the same time. I'll spare you by not taking a photo of it!

Wednesday, April 13

Cathing Up On Sleep

We got back home on Monday night and I've slept about 14 hours every night since then. I really needed the rest. I was really tired and slightly fatigued while in Budapest but I still had energy to keep going. I think the huge amounts of coffee I consumed helped! And the excitement of the conference and being in a new exciting place kept my adrenaline going.

Now I'm home and able to rest because there's nothing new going on here. And I've stopped drinking so much coffee. Well, I'm down to one cup a day now.

Tuesday, April 12

The Gerbeaud

The Gerbeard

Cathy and I went to this great old and famous cafe in Budapest. I'm in the green on the left. It was established in 1858. It was nice to have dessert and a cappucino or hot chocolate while we sat talking and people watching. In fact we enjoyed it so much that we went on 3 different days and I tried 3 different desserts. They were all great! If we had stayed in Budapest longer I would have gone everyday so I could try all the desserts! By the way, the hot chocolate was way better than American hot chocolate. It was thicker and richer and oh so yummy.

Dobos Torte
The Dobos Torte, a Hungarian specialty.

Monday, April 11

Hertzler Panzio

Hertzler Panzio
Originally uploaded by Patricia102696.
This is our friends place where we stayed in Budaors, outside of Budapest. Bye bye Budapest! I'll be back!

It's 4:15 am and our taxi is coming in 15 minutes for the airport. I'll blog later about the great coffee and dessert place Cathy and I "frequented" in Budapest.

Wednesday, April 6

Sir Lancelot Dinner

Sir Lancelot dinner
Originally uploaded by squarejer.
After the tour we all went to dinner. We only had spoons and knives, no forks! We had fun using our hands to eat. This is my friend Cathy who we're staying with.

Tour of Budapest

Yesterday, as part of the conference time, all 70 of us took a 3 hour tour of Budapest. Can I tell you how beautiful the city is? Thanks....it's so beautiful. Here's a couple of pictures. We're staying with our friends Cathy and Jerry and he has the group photo on his blog.

Parliament in Budapest, on the Danube River. (Ignore the hot air balloon.)
Budapest Parliament

View of the city and the Danube.
City view

Monday, April 4

Rocky The Guard Dog

Rocky the Guard Dog
It's the first full day or MinistryNet, the internet conference Rob and I are in Budapest for. The conference is at Campus Crusade headquarters for Eastern Europe and Russia. It's a nice building and the have a security guard as well as a guard dog. Pista Bacsi, the guard, took me around to see Rocky the guard dog. In the photo above, Pista Bacsi is giving Rocky a piece of pizza. Rocky has the sweetest looking face!!! Until...Pista Bacsi is no longer in sight. And then he did what any good guard dog does - barked and was scary. I don't think I'll try to pet him by myself.

Sunday, April 3

Hungary: Day 1

Here are a few pictures of our first day in Budapest. Because Rob and I are here for an Internet Ministry Conference, we had a meeting Saturday morning to finalize details. After that, Jerry showed us how to get around on the buses and trams and we were free to roam around downtown! You can read Rob's update which is more detailed than mine.

Women in traditional Hungarian garb dancing.

Bread from the Spring Festival. It's baked over charcoal, rotisserie style. It's dipped in vanilla sugar before baking. VERY good! It's hollow in the center.

In Budapest.