The good news: this week had zero dog bites and zero hospital disasters. And it did have time with good friends.
We had one kidney stone patient and one morning at the hospital. However, this was actually quite fun & disaster-less as I got to sit with their adorable little two year old. She munched on a neon green goo-filled sandwich, which we then learned was in fact “green,” and we matched it to her neon green leggings and the neon green apples on her shirt. She watched Tom & Jerry on YouTube, and we laughed.
I also received a stethoscope as a gift this week, which just makes it exceptionally clear that my medical skills are over-rated within the community. I will admit that helps me count the heart rate much easier–when you can hear it above the noise of the kids around you. But otherwise, I need some training.
Mong Ey returned from a temporary job on the other side of town, where she lived for about two weeks. We’re thankful to have a friend & translator back!
And our sweet little friends are still here most every evening we are home. This week held the fun of drawing Disney princesses, including these two versions of Cinderella:
Stephen has been quite busy with a video recently, but this Saturday was truly a Saturday. We went for a bicycle ride early in the morning, enjoyed a few photo shoots along the way, and came back for a swim. Rainy season is nearly over here, and it’s once again warm, warm, warm. We have been swimming laps at the pool quite a lot this week.
A friend makes homemade pickles, and I was trying to get her recipe. However, when I saw the ginormous recipe she usually makes that wouldn’t even fit in my fridge, I just asked if I could mooch a jar off of her batch. They are delicious. I also crinkle-cut them, which is just perfectly American.
And then this week, I attended a Jamming Extravaganza: a group of girls coming together to make homemade jams, chutneys, and salsas, which are then divided into jars for everyone to take home. I contributed a pumpkin butter & pumpkin salsa, but then brought back quite a collection, which included pineapple ginger jam, ginger syrup, fresh sweet pickles, apple chili jam, pickled mushrooms, and tomato apple relish. Amazingly fun, and even more delicious.