Friday, January 30, 2009

Duties & Naps

"But I won't get my nap!" Brian wailed, nap turning into a 2 syllable word.

It was Monday, our grocery shopping day, and it'd been decided to go to the store before we did our Spanish study. That way Fredi's schedule was the least interrupted. We had to co-ordinate shopping, Spanish, Fredi, nap & lunch all within a 4 hour period. Apparently, since neither of us had been "working" for awhile, we'd lost the nack of multi-tasking. (Oh what a shame :-( - This is sarcasm.)

As we've mentioned before, Brian was in the radio industry for 35 years. For 20 of those years he was the "morning man" and that required that he get up at 3:30 a.m. to get ready for work. Twenty years of a 3:30 rising entrenched in Brian the need to have an afternoon nap. Yes...he can get through the day (if absolutely necessary) without his afternoon nap however, he doesn't like it.

We juggled a bit and finally came up with a compromise so that Fredi was walked on schedule, Spanish was done and Brian did, in fact, get his nap. All was well with the world.

PS:- Fredi has a nap with Brian these days. This is Shelley's putter time.

On Tuesday we had a guest over for dinner and they commented on a shop they knew of where we could get unsweetened cocoa. We discussed baking in Ecuador vs baking in Canada. Cuenca seem to have bakeries on every street however, the goodies are more pastry like and the cakes are hit and miss. They may look wonderful and then taste like basically nothing or they may look wonderful and be wonderful. As well, baking doesn't seem to be the at home hobby that it is in Canada and the U.S. Maybe the thought of lighting your oven and baking for several hours isn't as attractive a thought in a warm country as it is in a country that experiences real winter? In any case, Shelley'd been looking for unsweetened cocoa for some time and was glad to hear it could be obtained. (You'd think in a country that produces cocoa it'd be easy. Go figure!)

Wednesday took us to the Vets for Fredi's second set of shots. Apparently she gets another set in 21 days, and then some more at 6 months, 12 months & 15 months; rabies being the one they administer at 15 months. The Vet speaks some English but her English is on par with our Spanish so we're a little obscure about everything. We do know we go back in 21 days. Fredi was as good as gold although she didn't like the parasite medicine inserted via mouth very much. On the way home we stopped at the shop our dinner guest had told us about: Cadelaes at Remigio Crespo 5-18. We got unsweetened cocoa (although they had to go into the back to get it for us), shredded coconut, some peanuts & white vinegar. They had currie paste, oyster sauce (unfortunately with MSG) and lots of other condiments that seem to be hard to get at a SuperMaxi. All in all, Brian, Fredi & Shelley agreed it'd been a successful outing except for the awful taste in Fredi's mouth.

As we've mentioned before, right outside our window is the river. Running along side the river is a patch of grass; sometimes quite thin, sometimes parklike. In any case, we take Fredi out to the patch of grass at regular intervals to do her duty. At this point we'd just like to mention one thing: It is extremely difficult to get a puppy to do her duty on a patch of grass that has recently been grazed by a herd of goats. There are just too many fascinating smells for a little puppy to take in!

Friday we decided to try the Mexican restaurant recommended by Gringo Tree on Cuenca Highlife: Pronto Tacos on Ave Jose Peralta, just across the street from the Stadium. We'd signed up for Gringo Tree last week and although the emails are fast and furious, there are some interesting events that we probably wouldn't hear about if not for the service. Let's face it; to delete is easy. In any event, Pronto Tacos provided us with 2 beers, 2 soft tacos, guacamole, taco chips, refried bean dip & 2 spicy dips and a meat & bean burrito for $10.90. Canada is not noted for its Mexican food but if we didn't have the spicy dips with the taco chips, the soft tacos would have been a bit bland. We thought the food was tasty but it's Ecuador & the spicy we're used to was, as usual not there.


  1. What are the stainless steel containers in the third paragraph, please? They LOOK like milk containers. Thanks.

  2. They are milk containers! Unlike Canada unless you're in the deep country, you can see cows at the side of the road just about everywhere except right down town. On occasion however, you can even see a cow downtown. Often people will buy milk from a street vendor. We've even got some American friends that get the unpasteurized milk. Most of the indigenous people get their milk straight from the cows. Brian & Shelley buy tetra pack milk. We have no adventure :-)

  3. Wow! Los americanos tienen some guts! Neither would I have enough sense of adventure to drink milk straight from the source.