For those of you who think Spain is all sun and beaches, you're wrong. It is cold here in Pamplona and here are the pictures to prove it. The first is the window guard in Ro and Vio's room, and the second is of the glass wall of the bus stop at around 11 in the morning. That's frost people...yes, we have frost in sunny Spain.
We're down to -8C in the shed in our backyard, which means the cat refuses to go out and spends all day knocking the Christmas tree over. We haven't even finished decorating it, since it's on the floor more time than it's actually standing.
I considered taking it down again, but the kids wouldn't hear of it (I think they're afraid that if there's no tree, there might not be any presents), so I'm thinking of starting a new horizontal tree trend. What do you think? Will it catch on? If Posh Spice were to do it, I'm sure it would, but I lack the fame or money to influence people to do stupid things. Lucky for me, I found something called Fix Clean to spray on the tree, and now the cat won't come near it - Humans : 1; cat : 0. Maybe now I'll have time to do something more productive.
I just realized that I haven't posted anything for almost a week, but I have a good excuse. When I wasn't setting the tree back up, I was out Christmas shopping in the freezing cold. Actually, I wasn't shopping since the Three Wise Kings are the ones who do that; I was merely out beating off frenzied shoppers with a stick to come home with bags full of "ideas" for the Three Wise Kings, and hiding those "ideas" in safe places around the house. People say they have no money, but to judge from the density of shoppers per square meter, they are either lying or their concept of "no money" differs greatly from mine. We have this great little word here to describe the malls full of people: apestado. This can either mean "stinky" or "crowded", and to me it sounds like the word pest, which is what all these people are. All of Pamplona is "apestado" with shoppers who could care less if they get in your way or if you were before them in line, all they care about is spending their "nonexistent" cash as fast as they can, and if they have to step on somebody to do it, so be it. Great Christmas spirit, eh?
We'll be leaving in less than a week to visit my in-laws, so all the "idea" shopping has to be done before that, because even though the Three Wise Kings don't come to our house until New Years (we're weird and that's why they don't visit on the 6th of January like for everybody else), we don't want to fill the car with "ideas". So, they have to be bought and wrapped before we leave, ready and waiting for us to come back in time to celebrate the New Year in our own weird way. This means more shopping in the freezing cold for me next week, which doesn't appeal to me in the least since I have a horrible cold and I feel like something the dung beetle just rolled in. Or as I would say in Spanish, "Me siento como una mierda pinchada en un palo." (I feel like shit on a stick...why on a stick? I have no idea, but it sounds much worse than regular shit.) I'm crossing my fingers and hoping to be better in time to get everything done, including finding some place to leave my tree-happy cat, sending out all my Christmas cards, going to my kids' Christmas program, and packing everyone's clothes. Looks like this Christmas is going to be a Corte Inglés Christmas, since it's the best place for one-stop shopping (and it's nice and warm inside). And for all your humor shopping, stop at Central Snark, your one-stop humor shop. It's even free - what more could you ask for?