So yeah. Pope. Election.
But let's discuss the things that directly effect me. My lemon tree has had green fruit on it for so long that we were pretty sure my faulty Italian had resulted in the purchase of a lime tree. The lemon-lime tree, however, is bearing yellow fruit. Which means it's a lemon tree. Growing on our balcony. AND all three of my pots of cilantro are reaching for the stars like they're on Star Search. If you are too young to remember Star Search, think all the various talent shoes currently on the tee-vee rolled into one. And maybe google Solid Gold with Marilyn McCoo and Dance Fever with Denny Terrio. Prepare to be amazed.
Guess how many of our landlord's couches are currently residing in our home. If you guess NONE, you are correct! After 8 long months, the only furniture in our place belongs to us. Of course, we don't have hot water again, but let's focus on the positive.
I'm taking Italian lessons once more. No, I'm not doing any better than all the other times I've taken Italian lessons. But that's okay because I still bargained and bought 4 shirts and a sweater at the mercado for under 20 euro. Who needs Italian when you can shake your head sadly and walk away and then get the price you wanted? Plus the Italian guy selling bread at the bakery even told me Italian is a difficult language to learn. And our cleaning lady (yes, we have a cleaning lady. We would be driven out of Italy if we didn't have one. It's just what one does here. And when it Rome...c'mon, just give me that one, it's been a long time since I've utilized that cliche.) is already awesome is so many ways , but now she helps me with my homework. So I clean our toilets. Totally fair trade.
And best of all, we have found a truly fantastic song that I play heavily on repeat. I gave up swearing for Lent, but just so you are aware and warned, this video and song has BAD words. But it's still ...awesome.