July 12, 2009

Living in America

Maybe all my blog titles will be song titles from now on. . .

The first week has raced by, very busily for Ralf and I and very happily for the kids. They like their kindergarden and are having a blast with the week-long slumber party we've arranged for them with our Californian friends.

A few highlights:

Leafing through People Magazine's tribute to the 70s. K wanted to know about Star Wars so I explained about wars in space, bad guys with super mind powers, light sabers (she already knew about that one from her breakfast cereal), etc. She took it all in but when I made the spurious claim that Star Wars is the most famous movie ever, she scoffed. 'More famous than Pufnstuff? I don't think so!'

Letting my youngest raise herself. A few months back L announced she was ready to ride her bike with no training wheels. I hesitated, she cried and insisted. She was so positive. Finally, heart in throat, I strapped on her helmut and let her go. Perfect execution, just a big wobbly and only one spill. That's why when she announeced she was ready to sleep commando (i.e., no diapers) two nights ago, I let her. Sure enough, she was up to the challenge. I think I'll just retire.

Repaying our hosts with a flooded kitchen. We're staying with friends who kindly stepped in when our July house fell through. They have two kids of the same age but not so much space, which makes their hospitality especially generous. Last night after dinner I loaded the dishwasher, added soap and turned it on. About an hour later while we were playing Scrabble, which Ralf the German always seems to win, there was an ominous 'bloob bloop' sound. Soap foam was gushing out of the dishwasher like in an I Love Lucy episode. Ralf, who lives with me and still loves me, immediately assessed the situation. But I ask you, why call it 'dish soap' if you can't use it in the dishwasher???

Another busy week ahead but I'll do my best to keep up with your doings.

17 comments:

  1. I'm glad you are having a great time! And ruining people's dishwashers. :) Hope the commando thing continues to work out!

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  2. Well, at least the kitchen got a good clean with all those bubbles around!

    Sounds like you're all having a blast! As you say in the U.S.

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  3. That's so funny! My husband did that after moving in with me in the US, but I thought that was only a "man" (as in, if I do it badly enough, no one will expect me to ever do it again) or a foreigner thing. Do you think you count s the second yet?

    We will be joining you (conceptually, in NY though) in 19 days and I am looking forward to it.

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  4. Well, at least the kitchen was nice and clean too after that incident with the soap...

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  5. Yes, how nice the kitchen was clean after the soap. ; )

    Sounds like you are making progress on all fronts: no training wheels, no diapers, learning to run a dishwasher . . .

    Keep having fun!

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  6. Wait. . . your daughter learned to ride a bike before she was out of diapers?!? That seems somehow astonishing. . . She may be a prodigy. Sign her up for Astana! (And why are there no famous female cyclists? That would seem to be a non-gender specific sport.)

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  7. Sleeping commando - too funny.

    The dishwasher incident.. ummm.. should I assume you don't have one in Germany?

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  8. I'm here! Actually READING blogs on MMs laptop! I don't know how long it will last so I am savouring writing every word. I may have to post several comments just to get back in the swing of things...

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  9. My other friend enjoyed "17 Again" too and I am wondering WHY? WHY? WHY? because the trailers look like rubbish. I could never go to a teeny bop movie.

    I hope you are enjoying California - where exactly are you?

    Commisserations on the dishwasher. I find two comments very helpful in these situations.
    "Who did that?" and "Though I had nothing to do with this mess, I will help you clean it."

    You will SO be invited back.

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  10. Incidentally, Tide laundry powder will give you the same result as dish soap when used in the dishwasher. We found that out, courtesy of my nanny.

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  11. I think its time for a vaction then. Let the kids raise themselves and you go enjoy a week in Hawaii

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  12. How embarrassing flooding the kitchen!! LOL I bet the folks do not leave you home alone very often.

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  13. Yeah. Stupid name for a product, dish soap. How were you to know? Maybe it was a typo and they left off the "washer" part. Sheesh!

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  14. I did the same thing with dish soap when staying at a friend's house -- the owners took it in stride and joked about how the kitchen floor really needed a good washing!

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  15. I had my washing machine do pretty much the same thing yesterday! Congrats L on going commando! I can't wait to not have to buy diapers anymore!

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  16. lol! I said to myself "No you didn't!" about the dishwasher.
    Your girls are awesome. Nothing like being told what's what by your kids.
    I'm pretty sure I'd have to quit playing Scrabble with Ralf. After my husband beat me at Monopoly a kajillion times, I refused to play. ...but he's just such a poor winner!

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  17. Nobody is more famous than PuffnStuff.

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