Yeay! Classes are over for the month, it's payday, and I have time off till the 3rd of July. I celebrated tonight by bringing home roasted chicken, salad, and fries with yellow chile sauce (salsa de aji amarillo). Of all Peru's fabulous and varied foods, the chicken cooked over a wood fire is my all-time favorite. They call it pollo a la leña (chicken a la firewood or kindling). The aroma pouring out onto the street from the local polleria (chicken place) draws me like a moth to a flame. The smoky flavor is addictive for me.
But tomorrow, Omar will be going to Trujillo to visit his parents for a few days, so I'll be spending most of my time off alone with Celeste. It's not that I don't enjoy my time with Celeste - she can be fun when she's not pushing her luck - but I adore my Omar and covet my time with him. Celeste is my responsibility, though, and taking her on a bus for 8 hours wouldn't be bearable or even practical.
The good thing is that Omar will be bringing a crate for Celeste back with him. This dog crate has been made by his brother, Dante, who is a master carpenter and more generally a jack of all trades. It is supposedly able to be dismantled and bundled into a bundle that can be carried. He does excellent work always, but I hope that this crate is not so well built that it is too heavy to haul around comfortably. We searched for a crate for Celeste, but the shipping drove the prices up to around $350 for a crate that would normally cost only about $65.00. This crate that Dante has made will cost us about $45.
I've decided that during my upcoming time off, I'll be spending lots of time playing with Celeste, finishing Maggie's hat, and my Spring Colors sweater, and making Omar a pair of knitted slippers. I don't have the wool to make felted ones, but I do have plenty of dark brown yarn and can surprise him with a thick pair of slippers to slip on in these chilly mornings. Knowing him, he'll be wearing them to bed...