9.17.2008

Mid-Week in Review

Well we're down to the final home stretch of Sheridan's two-week term break, though Friday still can't come soon enough. It took Sheridan forever to finally settle in a decent morning routine, only to have it come to an abrupt halt. As the transition to India has been really tough on her, and she's showing it through irrational behaviors, any amount of consistency is helpful!

On Tuesday I went to the Water Distiller Training class where I was to learn how to clean the top tank of the unit. Usually the housemaids handle this tedious process, though as we all know, I still don't have a maid, and my distiller is LONG overdue for a little sanitizing. ... I wasn't feeling too hot that morning, so I called ahead and let the host know that I would be running late. Sure enough when I arrived, it was just me and 10 housemaids. We all crowded into the kitchen around the water distiller while the maintenance man walked us through the cleaning step-by-step. It took about 5 minutes for him to explain how to turn off the machine, take off the lid, and how to pour in the salt. It was at that instant when I felt the first tinge of stomach pain... then the next... Awe crap (literally). I quickly looked over to the host and asked her where the bathrooms were. "Don't wait for me..." was all I said as I rushed off. When I finally returned, the maintenance man was recapping the lid and asking if anyone had any additional questions. Uh yeah... can you go over steps 2 - 9?

Unbelievable. I missed the entire training. And I did my business in a 16 year old boy's bathroom. I'm not sure which part was more frustrating.

Say hello to the new kindergarten - 2nd grade cooking teacher. That's right!! I really wanted to wait until we were completely settled in before I began volunteering for all of the girls school activities. I wanted to get my bearings. Make friends. But when I heard they were looking for help with After School Activities (ASA), especially for the K-2 classes, well I jumped at the chance. Monday afternoon I went in and spoke with the coordinator and told her that a friend of mine mentioned the ASA group may need assistance. I told her that I'd like to teach one of the classes, specifically the K-2 cooking class. Before I could even get the entire sentence out of my mouth, she sat down at her computer and typed my name into the roster. See, they had 12 kids on a waiting list, and with me volunteering, they were able to solidify a new class. Best of all, both Riley AND Sheridan are going to be in it. The class starts in mid-October, and will be just one afternoon a week. I'm really looking forward to it.

Just in case any of you were wondering, Sheridan has NOT grown out of being car sick. It has thankfully been several months since we've had to endure the horrific vomit smell during a long car ride. But she still remembers how to do it like a pro! True to Sheridan form, five minutes before we arrived at our destination today, she threw up everywhere! As we were on our way to a swim play-date, we had towels and her cover-up in the back seat. Hooray for small miracles. I changed her clothes on the side of the road, moved her into Riley's car seat, and we drove on to our new friend's house. She continued her Sheridan-ness at the play date by coloring on their cream marble floors with a bright blue crayon (not the washable kind of course), and just before leaving spilled a tall glass of water all over the floor.

Is it Friday yet?

25 comments:

Kim said...

I hope your weeks gets a "little" better.. It sounds like you need Friday to come in the worst way..

And congrats on the new teaching gig.. that is awesome..

JoggingInCircles

American in Norway said...

Yea...congrats on the new job! Sorry about the throw up & your tummy.... look at it this way... it HAS to get better right?

Mamasphere said...

Your class sounds so cool! What a fun thing to teach to kids. Can't wait to hear how it goes.

I hope the rest of the week goes much better!

Heidi said...

Congrats on the class. that sounds so fun. Not so congrats on the playdate outting. It sounds a bit like my life. Maybe we should just have playdates together so no matter what our kids do, it's ok.

Michelle said...

That was me when I was little - throwing up all over the car all the time. I feel for her, it was really humiliating. Try ginger caplets (you can empty and dissolve them into juice or applesauce or something before you go on a car ride). Don't know if you can get them there, though.

Kat said...

What a yucky week. Did you finally get the instruction on whatever that thing is that you wanted instructions for? And what is that thing you are talking about?

What kind of cooking class? How fun though. My girls love to help in the kitchen - and I just get thrilled that they are more and more capable.

Jen said...

What a week, don't worry it is almost over.

Kelly said...

Sounds like you need a nice glass of wine (or beer), prop up your legs, and have some Mommy alone time for a bit!

Congrats on your new class!!

Mrs4444 said...

Hey there--long time no read; sorry about that! I've missed you greatly, but school has been running me ragged!

Your post reminds me of a time I (also got carsick as a kid) kept telling mom I was going to be sick. She kept saying, "Oh, honey, please wait til we get home." We pulled in the driveway, and I lost it all, in the car, in the driveway. At least she didn't have far to go for a washrag...

angie said...

Did you ever get a tutorial in steps 2-9? Sounds like your cooking class will be great for both you and the kids. Oh how I despise vomit in the car. :) Does the chauffeur have to clean it up? Now that would be nice. :)

leezee52 said...

You had a fun filled day. I remember my sister used to puke in the car in our station wagon (1960's) because the seat was facing backwards...it wasn't fun with me sitting next to her...lol

Lee :)

Robin said...

Ugh, what a rotten week that must have been. Hopefully there's a really good one coming up, it sure sounds like you could use it.

Congrats on the new job too, that does sound fun. What are you going to cook with them?

Elfie33 said...

Can I ask a couple of questions? What is the distiller for? And from a previous post...why do they have mothballs floating in sinks?

Hope your tummy is better. Should we ship you some Pepto Bismol? LOL

Diane Mandy said...

Double tummy troubles this week! Egads! Hope you are feeling better soon!

PS. I'm not K-2, but you are always welcomes to give me a cooking class.

Hyphen Mama said...

Okay, the crayon on the marble floor... is just a little TINY bit funny. In a "it wasn't my kid" sort of way. Maybe from now on you can carry washable crayons in your purse for her to play with?

I actually got to use the term Delhi Belly in a conversation the other day! I felt so worldly. Thanks for that.

Tenakim said...

Poor Sheridan! Hope things get better for her!

Have fun with the cooking class!

mary said...

I need a drink after reading that!! Wow!

So happy to hear about your class! How fun.

Tara R. said...

I can't imagine all the different things you have to get accustomed to when living in another country. Good luck with the water distiller.

Jenn P. said...

I can imagine how frustrating it all is. England was hard on us and we spoke the same language. I hope things get better soon!

Nap Warden said...

I could use a cooking class myself...any room?

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Oh my you have had quite a week haven't you! But the class sounds like lots of fun...on a positive!

Hope the rest of it has been better

Rhea said...

Whew, what a week! throw up and an uncomfortable bathroom session at an awkward time. Aren't you lucky!

Love that your helping with the cooking class though. Very cooL!

Insane Mama said...

My youngest (9) still gets carsick, I'm wondering if she will EVER out grow it. It's getting a little OLD!

WheresMyAngels said...

You know it is so nice to laugh at other people's problems!! lol

Okay so what does the water distiller look like. When you mention the salt, I keep picturing the water softners we have here!! lol (someone should of instructed my ex how to use them, because he flooded our home years ago).

Yikes on the car sickness!

Mom24 said...

(((Hugs))) Hope things are looking up. Be sure and let us know what kind of things you make in your class. Sounds like fun.

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