Sunday, March 15, 2009

Busy Weekend.

Due to a request to see the giant worm, I will post a picture.  The picture doesn't do the creature justice, because I wasn't willing to get very close to it.  And yes, it is in a plastic cake plate.  Also I forgot to share the comments from Milciades (our friend that was painting our house) about the worm after we killed it.  Later he told us that it was not venomous and it would just bite and not let go.  He proceeded to share a story about a time that one bit his dog and he had to burn a match under the worm's head to get it to release its bite.  Still, he saw no reason to kill it!  So, good decision on taking its life.
                   

We started out the weekend by hosting a movie night in our house.  Now that we have new slipcovers on the couch cushions that were here in our house, we are ready to have the kids over on a frequent basis for movie parties.  We watched Kung Fu Panda in Spanish- which I didn't understand very well due to the oriental Spanish accents the characters were using.  The movie was a hit with the kids, however, as were the mid-movie snacks (a variety of wafer cookies).  



On Saturday, we had the kids over again to inaugurate our new grill and to celebrate our newly painted house.  We had an asado (grill-out).  Shaun and I went on Friday afternoon to buy the meat.  We learned quickly that Friday is not the best time to purchase beef here in Paraguay.  When we got to the meat counter in the supermarket, there was a giant swarm of people.  We had to take a number and wait to be served when our number was called.  We got number 62 and the current number up was 28.  Actually, we only waited 10 or 15 minutes.  They have a pretty good system going.  We purchased about 17 pounds of meat (ribs and some thick roast) for $25.00.  The price of beef and dairy products here is astounding.  To go along with the meat, I made a whole lot of mashed potatoes and the house "tia" brought mandioca (Paraguayan word for yuca- a more fibrous potato) and rice salad.  We had a great time and loved having everyone over to our house.  Below are pictures of the grill and the kids enjoying their lunch.





We ended the weekend by taking the kids to church.  On the way back from church we had 14 people in our van.  Folding down the back seats creates a whole lot more space!

7 comments:

abigail said...

thanks for the picture of the worm! layne and i were driving back to new jersey, and i looked down, and there was a worm (only about 2 inches long) plastered to the back of my pant leg. it was disgusting. and then i told layne the giant worm story and she said it she agrees that you did the right thing in ending its life.

Julie said...

Even more gross. Glad you guys had a good weekend. 17 lbs of meat (8 kilos) would have cost us $31 here, so you got a deal!

Morton said...

Julie, they were running specials on "vacio" this weekend, and on the ribs we bought. Hence the good deal.

Jungle Mom said...

Tha is quite the worm. Funny, I posted about worms today!

Ken, Christie, Camille, Caroline said...

Your worm is more gross than mine! Mine just looked like a GIANT washed out earthworm, but yours looks quite leech-ish. I don't like leeches. I'm glad you killed it, too. I don't want that thing crawling up in bed with me at our next sleepover!!

Jungle Mom said...

Would you mind if I add your worm photo to my Face Book album of Paraguayan Peculiarities?

Morton said...

Sure, Rita, feel free to use the picture. It was quite peculiar.