SWEEP THE FLOORS! MOP THE KITCHEN (multiple times...)! CLEAN THE OFFICE! PICK UP THE LIVING ROOM! MOVE THE COUCH OUT OF THE KITCHEN! CLEAN OUT THE FRIDGE! MAKE IT LOOK LIKE NON-SLOVENLY HUMAN BEINGS LIVE HERE!
After much begging on the behalf of Sonia (the house manager), our house finally looks like it is inhabited by normal people ("normal" is a relative term at this point). Thankfully we whipped ourselves into shape just in time for the arrival of Maria Domanskis, an MPI Executive Board member, and Lori Scharffenberg, the Executive Director and co-founder of MPI. Maria, who volunteered in Nicaragua in 2005-2006, is stopping by for a visit en route to the Galapagos, while Lori, who was a part of the original Nicaragua team in 2004-2005 (and has lived there ever since), will be staying with us for the next two weeks.
We're excited to host them, take them around our communities, show them what our PDs have accomplished in the past year, and what we hope to do in the future. They've been great sports thus far - tagging along to today's meetings and library time, which included numerous games of Blokus and Mancala with La Wendi, our sassiest 5 year-old who likes to make up her own rules (one guess as to who benefits from said rules). And I'm happy to report that they survived family dinnertime, which was chock-full of inside jokes, absurd anecdotes, and stories that would not be deemed appropriate for dinner conversation in most households... como siempre.
On the agenda for tomorrow is a hike to a waterfall somewhere in the valley. Let's hope Seth's directions are easy to follow, because none of us have been before... and we're leading the trip. Five bucks says a great blog post will come out of this adventure.
(hint, hint... parents who are coming to visit...)