Yep. It's raining again.
However, that little tidbit of gloomy news it significantly better once I remember that I will be viewing said rain from Palanga, the coastal city in Lithuanian I'll be visiting this weekend with Z and his family. In ILP, they have "home visits", occasions when the teachers have a chance to stay with one of the students and his family for a couple of hours and join the family for dinner, an activity, touring, whatever they wish to do. In this case, Z's family has a flat in Palanga, is traveling down there for a Lithuanian Jazz festival (they LOVE Jazz here) and invited us along! It'll be fun.
School with the kids was great today - my appreciation for deodorant was renewed when I taught the older class (5 kids ranging from 8 to 14), and was knocked back by how strong the B.O. odor is around them. I mentally thanked Mom for forcing my brothers to wear deodorant for the 200th time :) Also, Bailey taught the kids the disco while singing "Do As I'm Doing", which was precious.
We left after the first rotation of class, around 5:30 or so. The drive itself was about 4 hours to Palanga, which was filled with super inventive games to keep Z occupied and happy. Elise especially was super good at making up games, which included the Sloth Game, the Spiderman I-Spy Game, the Cloud I-Spy Game, and all sorts of other ingenious nonsense. We got to the Palanga flat around 9:30ish, and had some delicious Šaltibarščiai soup, which is basically cold borscht. It's made of combining soy milk, cucumbers, green onions, hard-boiled eggs, and shredded beets. Apparently, Lithuanian-Americans call this soup "Lithuanian Gatorade", since it combines liquid, sugars, potassium, and salt, along with protein and vitamins which athletes, hikers, and farm workers eat a lot. Basically, it was super delicious and I felt really healthy after eating it :) Take note family and roommates, because I'm totally making this for you when I get back to the states!