Tuesday, June 30, 2009
The park where Maya and me are going has its sandpit near a school, a religious one, a very noisy one, like all Israeli schools are. Today, while we were playing in the shade we heard a commotion and we watched as a teacher scurried along the school yard, followed by a mother (short, fat, jeans, white t-shirt, with a toddler proped on her hip) that was shouting something at the teacher. I didn't understand the words, but her tone told us she wasn't congratulating the teacher for her good work. After them came running a girl shouting really loudly:"Don't touch my teacher! Don't touch my teacher!" And them I understood what was all about. Today was the last day of school for the primary schools, the pupils received their certificates, and it seemed to me that the mother wasn't pleased at all with her offspring's school results. And who is to blame for that? The teacher, of course ...
Well, this is one of the reasons I decided to quit teaching. Sometimers my students scared me, but most of the time I was terrified by their parents...From time to time, in the media would appear an article about a parent that had beat a teacher up - no, I'm not kidding, and I think I was really lucky it didn't happen to me. Don't get me wrong...I really enjoyed teaching, but it was absolutely destroying me. Every day I had to battle my way to the end of the school day, and I felt drained, powerless. I tried to do a good jod and they rewarded me by giving me more discipline challenged classes - because you have a way with them, they told me; by giving me all kind of extra curricular activities - because you don't have small kids at home. During the year when I was pregnant with Maya I was terrified that all the shouting and stress will afect her, so my husband bought me a Tibetan bell or chime, something that you wear like a pendant around your neck and it reaches your belly-buttom, and when you move, the baby inside you hears the soothing sound of the bell.
Weel, the event that I saw in the park triggered memories, not very pleasant ones.
After Maya was born, I decided my sanity in more important than the money I earned (pityful wages, no doubt) and I quitted.
About the other reasons, I'll tell you some other time...
Monday, June 29, 2009
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Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
So I 'll write for a bit, waiting for the caffeine to kick in.
What do you say about Michael Jackson? May he rest in peace, poor deluded and tormented soul. I remember him when I was an adolescent in Romania, going to the discoteque and dancing to "Billie Jean", feeling cool and grown up.
I wasn't a huge fan of him, but he had a few songs that I liked...And I tried to stay away from all those media scandals he stirred up, I wanted to remember him as I knew him back there, on the dancing floor of a discoteque in communist Romania. Just imagine the thrill and my heart beating in the rythm of his song... Bye bye Nichael, and I hope you'll find peace wherever you are now...
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Image via WikipediaIt is very late in this part of the world and I am dead tired, besides being a cleaning lady today I had an appointment at the dentist. I also took care of my e-mail, I had started a hunting mission, to find some books I wanted, so I posted a message on an Israeli message board and I received a few answers. I was looking for the book "The Historian" by Elizabeth Kostova and I also wanted to buy Anne Rice's books ( I left my copies back in Romania, and they are in Romanian). Speaking of Romania, I found a good picture of Cluj, the city where I lived during the the time I studied at the University and where I worked afterwards, as a journalist. One of the cities very close to my heart.
I don't think I'll post much tomorrow or on Saturday. It is the week-end here, so my hubby isn't working and on Friday we usually do chores and on Saturday we try to do something together as a family. We thought a trip to Ayalon Park in Tel Aviv would be nice.
And speaking of vampires (again !) here's a link to a nice article on the latest vampire frenzy:
Well, I think that's enough for today. I am going to crawl to my bed. Night-night whoever you are...
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Image via WikipediaWe have another hot day to go through today. The National Electrical Company asked its customers not to use electrical appliances such as washing machines during 12.00-6.00 to avoid an electricity break-down. These will be the peak hours for air conditioners working. In Eilat (the beautiful city on the Red Sea) the tourists will entertain themselves with 42 degrees Celsius temperatures... So we'll just stay at home, I think.
Have a nice day everybody.See you all soon.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I hate cooking when it is hot. Not that I'm much of a cook, but I try hard. Yesterday we had for dinner cauliflower bake so today for lunch we had leftovers and Maya wanted some noodles,too. Today for dinner we'll have potatoes au gratin (I think that's the exact name). It is a recipe that I borrowed from my Grandma (May God rest her in peace) and we called it back at home "French potatoes" . Lately Maya helps me a lot in the kitchen and although this way I have to spend double the time cooking, it is worth, every second of it. She'll eat everything she cooks, so it is definitely worthy.
Today, while we were preparing the ingredients for the potatoes, Maya was singing to herself (in Romanian):
"If you need to pee
If you need to pee,
Do it in the potty,
do it in the potty"
She has such a sweet voice, my baby!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Maya is reading to our dog, Dubi...
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Image via WikipediaLike all three years old toddlers, Maya has sometimes the wisdom of Yoda. I know that every kid has his/her share of funny sayings, so I thought about writing down my baby's ones.
I remember once, while we we watching some nice photos (nature and animals) that someone has sent me through e-mail, she saw the picture of two Panda bears (mother and baby, I pressume) and she asked me, pointing to the baby Panda:"Where is her Tibi?" Maya calls her father by his name - Tibi.
She has an acute sense of family, this wee one. For her, there has to be always a mom, a dad and the baby (I don't know where she places her older brother in this hierarchy), even with her plastic elephant
shapes for the beach (the pink is the mother, the green in the father and the yellow one is the baby...)
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Image via WikipediaIt is difficult to keep up with all the stuff that is going on in my life right know. Strangely enough, because I am a SAHM, so I ought to have more free time than I have now. But, staying at home I fell obliged to clean the house every day, to iron more that I had before, to cook and to do all sorts of things that I didn't do before because I didn't have time (or the excuses for it, like working). Also everybody is asking me to do them small favours (or just to bring them things) and because of that, I remain with no time for myself at all. In a sense, I feel guilty because I stay at home at the boys go to work, but, gosh, do they make me pay for that or what? I have to wash and iron their work clothes, to prepare them dinner, to clean after them, to wash the dishes...oh, and I have my Maya to mind, right? Sooo, I had grand plans to learn Portuegese, so do yoga, to read millions of books etc etc. And look at me now! I don't even have time to color my hair, the roots are showing and I look horrible. Oh, and I so need a little bit of "ohm" in my life right now!
Actually, what triggered this rant is the fact that I had a little time for myself today, and it felt soooo great! I had my monthly acupuncture treatment, and for 40 blissfull minutes, with needles sticking out from my body in strange angles, I listened to "Twilight" (audio book) and relaxed.
I actually started to make poems out of my shopping and to do lists, I seem to write the damn things all the time, otherwise I forget to buy or to do stuff. And I figured out they can have a useful outcome after all. I'll post some when I'll find them. Believe it or not, I put them lists somewhere for safekeeping and I have no idea where!!!!
I think that is it for now...I cannot wait for the new Harry Potter movie! Did you see the trailer? Awesome!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Anyway, I am pleased that I have the Internet. I helps me forget about my loneliness, it helps me in many ways (I am a very curious person type, a kind of want-to-know-it-all and the net just satisfies this curiosity of mine); it is like a really huge library where you can browse for hours and nodoby will tell you is closing time.
I think I'll go now and read for a while, I'm getting to philosophical here.
Night night wherever you are...
One more thing: my husband got offended that I posted the photos where he is in his underwear (only). Sorry darling, I'll remove them...Sometime...in the near future...
Image via WikipediaToday Maya woke up a 7.00 in the morning. I was barely able to open my eyes...but yesterday she slept a lot so I guess she had enough sleep. I went to sleep late, so I'll need buckets of cofee today. It is Cleaning Day today. Urrggghhh! But first we have to go and buy a watermelon (Maya keeps asking for it). Yummy!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
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Maya is feeling better, thank God! Today I took her to the paeditrician again, she recomended a blood count to see if Maya had some infection, but the results came negative. So, we just have to be patient and it'll pass. Today she ate a bit more and didn't throw up, no fever and she even had an afternoon nap. I hope she'll be even better tomorrow.
Sorry, no inspiration today. Yesterday night after all the stress I fell asleep imediately after I hit the pillow and I dreamt about the Numberjacks! You know, the children's show with the cute numbers that go on different rescue missions...Maya likes them a lot, so we have several DVDs and we watch them a lot.
I started re-reading the Twilight saga. Even though I have a lot of books to read, I felt I needed something nice and sweet (and with vampires), a nice love story and a happy ending, just to boost my morale. Call me whatever you want to call me, but I love the Twilight books. I am a sucker for a good love story. As for vampires...well, I was born in Transylvania, you know... I learned about Vlad Tepes in the History lessons (you know, the Transilvanian "domnitor" - a sort of prince, who is considered to be the inspiration for the Dracula guy) so I always liked books that had some trace of vampire in them. I started reading Anne Rice in my twenties (in was translated in Romanian) and I still remember the movie "Interview with a vampire".
How the heck did I get from the Numberjacks to vampire fiction? I must be tired, I suppose.
So, night night everybody. Hopefully tomorow will be a better day for all of us!