Ah, warmer temps and sun this week. What a nice change. And today I am meeting a good friend for lunch at one of my favorite restaurants.
The fashionista has been phoning, texting, emailing a lot recently. She has decided to leave her current live-in nanny position. And she is having a hard time with her decision. She has some good job possibilities and she plans to stay in Pennsylvania. She has friends in another town that she is planning to move in with, so no worries about all of that. She realized after being home at Christmas just how many hours she works a week and she discovered that even though she is required to care for the children most weekends, she is not compensated for it. And she is also on duty overnight one night during the week, and is responsible for the children every night until 8:30 or so when they go to bed. She does all the housecleaning for the household, a great deal of the meal prep. She was very sick for a week with acute tonsillitis — to the point she had to take herself to the emergency room — and her employer had no back up plan and still expected her to take care of the children. A little unrealistic. I have little knowledge about being a live-in nanny, but at the age of nearly 22, she is not a homemaker and mother. She has been anxious about telling her employer, and was finally able to do so this week. She is giving him 3 weeks notice, which I think is very fair. And she has an interview on Saturday for a live-out nanny position close to where she will be moving. She is very hopeful that she will get this job. And she is homesick. I have let her know that she can come back home if she wants, but I don’t think she will. She would be content for awhile, but then she will long to do something more exciting in a place more exciting.
I have been trying to do without cheese and most dairy recently and it certainly is a challenge. Last week I stopped at the Lebanese market to buy tahini and chickpeas, and noticed they had some fresh produce for sale. I bought eight baby eggplants and four baby cucumbers. I need to figure out what to do with the cucumbers before they go bad — probably have them for dinner this evening. I cut up the eggplants and a zucchini and roasted them in the oven. I cooked some pasta and added the veggies to a basic tomato sauce — dinner! And it was very good. I was pretty pleased with it.
I am not a big fan of soy milk, but Saturday I picked up an iced soy latte at Starbucks and it tasted pretty good. I guess I just need to add espresso to my soy milk – LOL. I did purchase a carton of almond milk. I am still trying to get up enough courage to actually try it.
I don’t have many plans for the weekend. My Little Buddy’s 4th(!!) birthday is coming up and I need to pick up a couple of presents. I am leaning toward a Trio building set of some sort — or a pirate playset of some kind. He loves pirates. And I will be seeing him some this summer, so I need to update some of the toys at my house. I need to start looking around to see what I can find that he might like.
The weather is supposed to be around upper 50s to 60 for the next few days, so I plan to take the pug to the park as much as possible.
Sunday afternoon I am going to the local garden show to look around and dream and admire. I am always fascinated with the theme gardens that the local greenhouse/garden centers make. They are always so elaborate and beautiful.