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2008 June 25 » Philoxenos

Philoxenos

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25th June 2008

don’t have a witty title

I’m still alive, although I feel like I’m about to fry from the heat. I forgot how nasty summers in Central Cal can be. Last Sunday it was 110 degrees. What is that in Celcius? umm…. 43 degrees. 43!!! And the humidity was like 4%. It’s so hot I don’t even let the kids go outside and play from about 11:30-5.

So, other than trying to beat the heat (it’s been much cooler this week - only hitting 98 or so) by drinking a lot of water and making homemade popsicles, we’ve been at VBS!

For those of you down under, VBS is this amazing American phenomenon (I don’t remember ever seeing it in NZ) where churches offer a week long kinda day camp thing. This week is our week. I’m teaching fifth graders. I requested first graders. Fifth graders are very different from first graders. Let’s just say, I’m really tired. And a bit dehydrated apparently.

But tomorrow is Thursday, so only two days left. And the time passes by amazingly fast. Believe it or not I was surprisingly organised at home so I had meals made in advance so i haven’t had to do much cooking except for doing some vegetables and I’m keeping up with laundry. And of course Handsome is a great help at home, too, so we’re doing well on the home front.

Unfortunately I’m not sure how the children are going to fare. The first two days I was quite concerned about the two younger ones. The preschool/nursery is only available to children of workers, but there were still quite a few kids and I have a feeling that the workers really didn’t know what they were in for. I contacted the director¬† Monday afternoon just to let her know what I observed and she said that she was on to it. Tuesday was much better. Today I was surprised that Precious, the nearly 5 year old, was very clingy and crying a lot. Doesn’t help that she kept seeing me around the facility. I think it’s the noise. She has this thing with noisy places and just doesn’t like it.

So, we’re eating and sleeping and living. Our new house continues to amaze us. I think our garden will probably be dead in a a few weeks. We’re watering but we’d have to put a lot of water on to keep it all alive and doesn’t that seem like a waste of water for something to grow that we’re not going to eat? We’re really just growing it and then cutting it down and putting it in a big bin to get tossed into some wasteland somewhere. Maybe it’s composted. I don’t know. But I’m thinking of making some changes and putting in succulents. Why pretend we live in the tropics (which get rain weekly/daily/hourly) when we live in a desert (I can’t remember the last time it rained - maybe 8 weeks ago?)?

I could go on and on but that really wouldn’t make sense to anyone but me. so I’ll stop.

And Teri, please tell Andy that I spent his quarter but I promise to find him another :)

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