The School Year is About to Begin!

August has really gotten away from me.  I spent the last three weeks attending training and meetings for my new job.  Before that, I had intended to write about visiting Rockport with Lauren, The Alamo and Riverwalk in San Antonio, Austin again, the Planetarium at Los Brazos State Park, and a boat tour of Fulton Beach.  I’ll try to get to those soon!

Peter and I really enjoyed having my sister Lauren visit in early July and one of my BFFs Steph visit later that month.  I loved having them to myself!  I showed them around Victoria (That didn’t take very long.) and we took a few day trips.  That was fun, but I enjoyed the long lazy afternoons and car rides where we could connect be our zany selves.  I hope they come back next summer!  If anyone else is thinking about coming to visit me, please do!  I’ll show you around and cook lots of yummy food for you.

So, now the school year is beginning for Peter and I tomorrow.  Hmm…

We’re feeling excited to meet our students but sad to see the end of summer.  I did teach a developmental English course at Victoria College last semester as well as substitute for the Victoria school district, but because I wasn’t teaching full time, it really felt like break for me.  If anyone asked me before we moved to Victoria if I needed a break from teaching, I would have quickly dismissed it as a silly question.  I had a plan: I was going to teach until we could have a baby.  There was no plan for a break.  But God knew I needed a break, and I’m so glad He gave me that break.  Even after three weeks of training, meetings and lots of confusion, I feel more refreshed than I ever have.   I need to do a follow-up to the finding peace post from earlier this year because there is lots more to this story.

Anyway, I signed a paper that says I will not post any information about what happens at the school on the internet, so I probably will not be blogging about my job too much.

I appreciate all of you, family and friends, who have been praying for and supporting Peter and I through our transition to our new home in Victoria, Texas.  Tomorrow is another milestone for us and we are praying that God would be moving in and through our lives as we embrace a new set of students and colleagues this school year.

No ketchup!?!

Apparently I had been under the delusion that ketchup is an all-American food, beloved and enjoyed by all on hot dogs, french fries, burgers and other delicious American classics.  Sadly, I learned the way the world really works: ketchup is not the favored condiment I presumed it was.

At a graduation luncheon last week, Peter was treated to classic bbq fare.  He usually doesn’t mess around with too many condiments, but always puts ketchup and pickles on his burger.  Coming to the end of the buffet, he found onions, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, pickles, relish, and several types of mustard.  No ketchup. Of course he assumed it had been misplaced, so he asked for ketchup, but was told nobody really puts ketchup on their burgers.

 Peter and Ketchup

What?  No! Ketchup is supposed to go on burgers.  That is the way the world works.  Later, a colleague told Peter mustard is used more around here.  Ketchup on burgers is a northern thing.

Judging from the Whataburgers we ate, which specifically had mustard but no ketchup, this idea makes some sense. Though at Whataburger, we were given the option to add our own ketchup from a packet.  Most places in California gave you a burger with “special sauce” (Thousand Island dressing) or plain.  Neither ketchup nor mustard was forced on us, though I guess I assumed many if not most put ketchup on their burgers.

Not sure if the whole Northern/Southern ketchup thing is real, I started asking around, but have only been getting mixed responses from Victoria natives.  Some say using ketchup or not on a burger is not a big deal.  Others, including those who catered Peter’s graduation, don’t see ketchup as a worthwhile option for a burger condiment.

Oh, ketchup!  Though you have centuries of history as a constant and friendly condiment to people on three continents, it looks like you are only a regional delicacy in the United States.  Fear not, old friend, I will enjoy you on my burgers even if others in Texas shun you.