it's hard to blog funny when the TV is filled with images of devastation. the closest we've ever come to something like this up here was the Ice Storm. The biggest shelter in town had around 2500 people and it was hell, I can't even imagine being in that stadium right now.
As far as I know, I don't know anyone directly affected, except for Shelba, who is safe and is waiting for news on her parents' house. We've been wearing rubber boots all day, the rain having made it all the way up here. Dumpling delighted in the puddles, but being soaked before even reaching the car sort of made me realize how truly horrible the conditions must be down there if we're soaked all the way here.
Now, since some of you have been leaving not-so-subtle hints about the Dumpling's adventure, here is what I know: she was good, she ate like a pig from all the vendor's displays (they went to the farmer's market), tried fruits that she would never try with mommy around, and loved playing in their sloppy backyard. Their cat survived her enthusiastic games, though he did fight back a little and she went on and on about the booboo from the meow.... Her special aunty even stopped by the next day, so she must have not been a little terror!
Now, for the Rock Star groupies like me, how much are you loving Suzie? I liked her first because she's Canadian, but her performance on Rhapsody made me forget about Ty, it's Suzie all the way, That Girl Can Rock!
Inventory has come and gone, now comes the analysis of what's missing, what's broken, and all the posting mistakes we've made during the expansion of the empire.
Speaking of the Empire, I'm spent. I am so tired, working day and night, something has to give. So after much debating back and forth, and as much as I hate admitting this out loud, hubby and I have come to the decision that we are longer capable of being full-time stay at home parents AND work at the same time. It was doable with one small store, it's no longer possible and Dumpling is suffering.
So she will be starting her 2 mornings a week at toddler school next week, but we are currently running ads on craigslist and have signed up for mybabysitter.com in the hopes of finding someone to come to the house 3 days a week to provide so stability in Dumpling's schedule and a bit of free time for mommy and daddy to run errands and do work without having to park Dumpling in front of the Wiggles.
I hate this. I never wanted to have someone else involved in the child rearing, but the reality is that the new store is a big success and we can't hand that over to anyone else at this point, so we need to come up with something. Also, with Sprout on the way, I think it will be good to have someone already here ready to help with Dumpling if we have our hands full with Sprout.
So we are looking for a Mary-Poppins, who will do educational stuff and crafts with Dumpling. Since we speak 2 languages at home, we have agreed that whoever we hire will need to be either a native English or French speaker. This rules out all the foreign nanny agencies, so we have a bit more work to do. Also, we don't need housework or cooking, so I think we are going to look for a university student with few classes. Any tips on interviewing care givers?