Ok, I have some time to myself. Jessie is at a cookie exchange with some other ladies. Today, I ran some errands and then helped Jess finish up some of the details for the cookies as well as some prep for tomorrow night's church Christmas party. We are right in the middle of all of the activities of the holiday season here. I am not even sure we were ever this busy in the states. On Tuesday, I went to two different Christmas parties. We have one tomorrow night, one on Sunday evening, and then one on Christmas eve to go to. We will for sure get our fill of Tamales, which is a traditional Christmas taco of sorts that is steamed in corn husks with different types of meat inside. Erika (a friend from church) asked if she could use our stove to make cookies. So Jessie had to finish hers by noon. Then we had Erika and her two kids over. After work Juan-Angel came over. The ladies left us with the kids, to feed. So what does a good dad do? Go for the frozen pizzas that we bought from Cost-co when last went to Guadalajara. It was as I was serving the kids and us pizza, I again saw one of the many cultural differences that we often time over look or have gotten so used to after being her for 5 years. Juan asked for ketchup for his pizza. I brought it out and my girls started asking for it as well. I polietly said no to them. It was here, I had to smile as, I watch Aletta get out the hot sauce and start putting it on her pizza. Lilly of course followed with Levi right behind. I have to smile even now as I think about me not allowing the girls to have ketchup on their pizza, they just found something else to put on it. I am not apposed to ketchup on your pizza, I just felt for the girls who already eat too much ketchup as it is, didn't need one more thing to add to the list of things to add ketchup to.
Turning back to the culture here, it is common for people to put ketchup on their pizza, so much so that when we started serving pizzas at La Roca, we have to have it stocked up just keep up with the demand. I still have a hard time with the why you would need to put ketchup on your pizza. I guess I won't be able to full understand it, but logically one reason I believe it could be, is the quality of pizza here. There are many different pizza joints here. I am not complaining at all. I am just stating the fact that the quality of pizza is not Papa John's or Papa Murphy's (our two favorites). We do have Domino's, and Little Ceaser's in Guadalajara but that doesn't really help us here in Autlan. You actually feel out of place when you are the only one who doesn't use ketchup on your pizza.
On a different note, we are waiting to hear back about our truck. This past weekend one of my spark plugs came out. I put it back in only to have it come out again. The roads are really rough on vehicles here no matter if it is big or small. After getting it towed to a mechanic, we are in the process of waiting to see if we need to get the hole for the spark plug re-threaded. The mechanic was really busy so he said he could work on it until tomorrow. If it does need to get re-threaded, he said he might be able to do it by hand, which wouldn't be as expensive or complicated. But if he can't do it by hand, he will have to tear the engine apart to get the piece out to have it brought to a machine shop. If that happens we are looking at close to $500 USD to do it. Pray he is able to do it by hand. The joys and sorrows of vehicles.
I hope to post more pictures of the various events we are doing. May you find joy in this festive Christmas season!