Hi Sibs! Nothing new going on here, so I guess I go straight to posts.
Congrats to Jenn Jenn on the new baby!!! I saw the pics on FB. Awwww.
Sean, yay for a normal day. Here's hoping they remain normal, with just enough abnormal to make it interesting!
Lynne, do you enjoy having Little Man home or does it make it hard to work? I always find that I love having the kids and hubs home for a few days, but after a bit, the kids start driving me nuts because they have so much energy...at least, when the weather’s not nice enough for them to play outside, which is often the case here. And Hubs gets surlier the more time off he has, like he's releasing all the stress and tension, but taking it out on me.
Tracy, I wondered where you’d been hiding!! We are just glad to see you, because so many people don’t come here at all anymore. We miss everyone!
No, I don’t think that the PTA knows I’m a baker yet. I’m sure they’ll figure it out eventually.
Marielle, so how are things coming with the house then? Are you about done with everything?
Susie, so glad you had a good time in BA! I bet that would take some getting used to, the bars on the windows and such, but it would be similar in any large city, wouldn’t it? Other than the main touristy part, I mean. Look at NYC, or Chicago, etc...they keep the main part that tourists see clean and beautiful, but if you go into the poorer areas, it’s a mess...in Paris, even in the “Ring” it was horribly dirty! I can’t imagine living in that! But I bet it’s nice to know that Daughter Dear is safe and loved, etc. When will she come back to the US?
Yes, that’s exactly why I joined at the school...I thought it would be a great way to get to know the other parents, stay involved, always know what’s going on with the school, and have contact with the teachers, and maybe even have a bit more influence.
How did the speech go? I’m so glad you spoke on that subject. As a foreigner in a different country, I can tell you it’s not just in the US that people need to be more understanding about it. I had only been here a couple of months when an uncle of hub’s made a comment about how I should be speaking fluently, and so and so already spoke pretty well...but so and so had been here for 4 years already and didn’t really speak that well. And my in-laws tried to direct my studying, dictating to me when and where I was supposed to do my homework and how, and laying down mandates about when I was “allowed” to speak English. Just Sunday at Easter, my MIL made a comment about how bad my Dutch is getting. For one, it’s not true, my vocab is increasing and I’m one of those people who tends to use larger words and I want to be perfect, so I tend to take more time to make sure my wording and conjugation are correct...it’s not that I can’t speak it, it’s that I want it to be perfect, so I take time to make sure it is. Number 2, what purpose does it serve to tell someone how bad they are at something? It doesn’t endear you to them, it doesn’t motivate them, it just hurts their feelings and makes you look like a colossal jerk. Number 3, I don’t think she has ANY idea how hard it is to move away from your family, your friends, job, home, everything you’ve ever known, and go to a country where you don’t speak the language, know no one except your husband and his immediate family, and are expected to perform to a certain standard, to be judged by people who have lived there their entire lives. I know there are people who refuse to learn the language, and I understand the frustration of wondering why they would want to stay in a country in which they are apparently not that happy, but you can’t understand their motives for being here. You don’t KNOW what they may have been leaving behind, and you don’t know how hard it is for them. Sorry...it’s something I’m a bit passionate about, based on my own experience here.
Sarah, oh a nap sounds SO nice!! I worked yesterday, and I think God was really watching out for me. I messed up my hip working out last Friday or Saturday and it’s still not better. My job is essentially all walking/standing, but the system at work was really slow, so they needed more people doing the non-walking stuff. It’s still standing, but that’s better than walking the whole time. Normally I’m lucky to get in an hour of the standing jobs...I usually spend most of the time walking. But there were no scanners when I got there and the slow system kept me from having to walk at all. Thank God for small miracles! Why did you get to come home early?
Wow...I wish there was a Hobby Lobby close by. Back home, we drove 75 miles to get to Hobby Lobby, but there isn’t one here to drive to. I shall live vicariously through you and you can tell me all about the things you bought, or wanted to, but didn’t!
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