Thursday, June 09, 2005

Getting creative

Slightly warmer today and the sun was playing peek-a-boo so I decided to do laundry. I'm hoping our duvet cover dries before bedtime! We'll definitely need it.

Pristina demands creativity from its residents. Last night, right in the middle of D's bath the hot water gave out, then ALL water stopped. Quickly, creatively I told her we were camping and you only have cold water when you camp.

The last few days have demanded I ramp up my creative parenting skills, inventing such indoor games as Balloon-y Soccer, Tap Your Pen, Rock-and-Play-Doh Stack 'Em, Broomdog Chase and the really popular, Where Did Mommy Hide It? Thank goodness for D's latest video obsession, Alice in Wonderland. It prompts hours of discussions and re-enactments. Too bad she's terrified by the Queen, and either hides or demands I sit with her through the last 15 minutes or so.

Right now we're playing Camping with the Care Bears, tents courtesy of some English-language newspapers our next door neighbor Eric left for us.

Mealtimes are the one area where my creativity seems to have lapsed. I don't know whether to blame it on myself or the lack of proper equipment, supplies or food. I can barely muster breakfast, let alone lunch & dinner. So we try to eat dinner out as much as possible, but it's hard with M's schedule. My only interest is in making sure D is eating regularly, if not properly.

I've been able to talk to my mom, dad and sister back home via Skype for the last two nights and it has done a lot to improve my mood. So good to hear their voices and get caught up on what's going on back home.

The sun is shining again.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Have just found your site whilst doing a 'Greek' search... how interesting! Why are you in Kosovo? How long for? Your diary is fascinating and having just returned from Hanioti, Halkidiki, I must agree with your comments. What a beautiful place.