I have to write about the te de señoras and the dinner for material de guerra that happened last week. It has been a month full of celebrations and I have to make sure to get them all written down! The best one is to come with a great celebration in Asheville North Carolina in which two wonderful people are going to get married! Hurray!
On Thursday afternoon I made my way over to the Circulo Militar to
the Te de Señoras of Material de Guerra. If translated it would be the
Tea for the wives of ordinance officers. We were greeted by the wife of
the general who represents material de guerra and she gave us a gold pin
that has a heart on it with the insignia of material de guerra. It was a
very sweet door prize and I will definitely wear that pin when Marco
gets promoted to Lt. Coronel. I found my girlfriends Liz and Suhail who
had saved a seat for me. Thank goodness they did because there ended up
being at least another whole tables´ worth of ladies who had to be
seated as extras at the tables since there wasn´t enough space. Not
everyone RSVPed like they should have. Last year there were tables left
empty and raffle prizes for almost everyone who came but this year they
wanted to make sure not to spend as much or have any empty tables. I
find that it is more embarrasing if you don´t have enough tables but it
all worked out. We ended up with 11 at our table when we started out
with 6. Oh well!
We danced and ate and danced some more. I love love love how everyone
gets up and dances as soon as the food is done being served. There was a
toast with pisco sours and wine at each table but by no means is it
necessary to get tipsy before getting on the dance floor. I love that.
The music was decent but the singers we just OK. At one point, one of
the girls try to sing I Will Survive in English and ended up singing
lots of la la las because she didn´t know the words. My girlfriends told
me that I should get up and sing. Haha. I do love karaoke!
Throughout the dinner the general´s wife got up and presented raffle
prizes to 50 lucky women and I was fortunate enough to be one of them. I
would guess there were about 120 wives at the tea so the odds were
pretty good but definitely not as good as they were last year. I am
pretty sure there were over 60 prizes and only 80 or so wives who
showed. (I got super lucky and won a Blu-ray player last year.) This
year I received a silver bracelet with flowers and hearts on it. It was
super cute and simple and the type of jewelry that I will definitely
This year was a lot more relaxed for me since I knew more of what to
expect. Last year I went out and bought a suit jacket because that is
what I thought I had to wear. This year I wore a super comfortable brown
skirt and shirt. I can´t fit into any of my dress pants anymore anyway.
Haha bring on the maternity clothes!!
One of my army wife girlfriends commented on how I have adjusted to
married life and the lifestyle of the army. I told her it was either
adjust or leave. There really isn´t any other option unless I wanted to
be miserable. She explained how there are many wives who complain and
complain about not being able to adjust to the lifestyle and they make
life hell for their husbands and everyone else around them. That
wouldn´t fly for me. I made up my mind last year that while I won´t
always be super comfortable with moving, everything needs to be looked
at as an adventure. Plus, I have the most amazing husband who makes it
all worth it. My happiness levels have increased exponentially since
last year and I chalk it up to making the decision to be happy and find
happiness in things everywhere I can. If I don´t like it, I find a way
to avoid it and ditch it from my thoughts and just focus on the good
things. Optimism is the key to a happy life. Here I am this year with
multiple jobs that I love, great friends, a step-son who has grown on
me, an amazing husband and a baby on the way. Life is good!
*We also went to the dinner the following Saturday for all of the Material de Guerra officers in Lima and we had a great time dancing and watching traditional dances from Puno and Arequipa. We shared a table with Keith, Marco's promo, and his wife.