Wednesday, March 13, 2013
My grandson was home sick from school today. My SIL had taken my granddaughter to school, and was getting some brake work done. My daughter wasn't sure he'd be back in time to pick up my granddaughter. If it wasn't such a yucky weather day, and my grandson coughing up a blue streak, she would have walked to the school with the lad in tow. But even though my granddaughter was capable of walking home by herself, we're not too trusting of the neighborhood,so that option also was out. In desperation, she asked if I could pick her up. Thing is, on Wednesdays she gets out about an hour BEFORE me. So I checked with the teacher I worked with, and with my supervisor, and got the go ahead.
But that was just the beginning.
To the bank to take out some money. To Aldi's to get some groceries. To Tops to send money via Western Union and pick up what groceries I couldn't get at Aldi's. I had a dickens of a time finding the honey, so I asked at last where it was. Over by the bread and fruits. Oh, just where *I* would think to put it, rather than with stuff like pancake syrup or baking supplies. Yeah, right over there, with the peanut butter and jelly. Of course, between standing in line for the moneygram and tromping all over in search of honey, my joints and flat feet were lodging a complaint.
But I wasn't done yet. On to Delta Sonic for an overdue oil change, and service on the transmission and power steering fluids. At least I could sit and wait.
But that's not all! On to Toys R Us to get a cool dinosaur made by Schleich for one of the great-nephews in Peru. He has a small collection of dinosaurs, and was delighted when I made some little ones out of plasticene, with which he played. www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQmckT3foxQ
So when I was out with my daughter and grands at Toys R Us and saw these, I immediately thought of David and wanted eventually to get one for him. I am sending a box of stuff to Peru - tomorrow's errand! - some polo shirts for Levi's birthday, vitamin E for his sister-in-law (David's mom), calcium for her mother, yarn for my mother-in-law...There's room for a little dinosaur, this cool Velociraptor whose mouth OPENS!
I just have to include a note for him not to go too crazy with opening the critter's mouth - wouldn't want him to break it off.
Finally I went home, unloaded all the stuff...only to discover I'd left the bag with the hoagie rolls at TOPS! I was SO tired (up at 5) and hungry (finished lunch at 11 and it was now almost 5) and hurting. But of course no one else could go out to retrieve the wayfaring bread, so I had to head out again to pick them up.
I want to put my feet up and watch a movie.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Over the more than 40 years since I've been saved/born again, I have been so blessed in every church where I've taken up membership. I've been in non-denominational, Lutheran, Baptist, and Assembly of God. My present is a bilingual AoG. There was such a sweet sense of God's presence. And I am getting to know members better. I am especially grateful for my Pastora ( I love the Spanish - easier than saying "the pastor's wife") because she has given insightful counsel. The same has been true in my previous home churches. And among churches I've gotten to know in Peru, I have also developed strong friendships.
Granted, we're not perfect. But when I've been in the midst of one trial or another, the church family has provided encouragement, meals, donations, counsel...It's truly beautiful.
Saturday, March 09, 2013
Well, not exactly. I mean, I still did some exercises, and I've done laundry. But I called my tutoring job and asked if she'd mind if I didn't go tonight. It's just...sometimes I just want to stay HOME. I work Mon-Fri, and there's church on Sunday, and usually on Saturdays I'm running hither and yon to do stuff I couldn't do during the week. Anyway...my "get up and go" got up and went, as the saying goes. So I'm taking a day off from GOING anywhere, except online. And on the phone. I called my friend Sabina in Lima to see how things were there, and tried calling Papito in Pucallpa. Levi answered, to my surprise, but I didn't want to hold him up - he usually runs home, takes a quick lunch, and then scoots back to work. But Levi said because it was so hot, Papito wanted to lie outside in the hammock in the shade, because his head bothered him. He suggested I call later. I also want to call Levi tonight. Gonna be harder with the change in time - we're in the same time zone, but Peru doesn't do daylight savings time.
Friday, March 08, 2013
My assignment this semester is to help out in a Math Lab. (That's MATH, not METH!) Since our clientele has been virtually non-existent during first block, the teacher thought I may be able to drum up business if I hung out in the student cafeteria, where students would be for second arrival and second breakfast. Well, yesterday a bunch of students sat at the other end of the table I staked out. And this morning, one of them said, "You're the Math Lady, right?" (the little title on the sign I drew up to hang on the crate in front of me - it's not as pretentious as the other title the teacher suggested, the Math GODDESS!) I answered in the affirmative. She scooted over with a pile of papers and asked helped in solving multi-step equations with variables on both sides. For instance:
3X + 2(x-3) = 5X - 6
Simple algebra. I helped her remember about her distributive property and watching out for negative signs, and getting all her variables on one side, and about adding negatives. Her friend, seeing the progress, pulled out some of her own papers. But hers were entirely different, dealing with radicals and exponents, and RATIONAL exponents. If you're like me when my mathematically brilliant son talks to me about the "number e", you are probably imitating the teacher on the Peanuts cartoons -
I made a note of what she was facing, and apologized to her, saying I'd been out of touch with Math all last year and had to do some review. I helped her with a couple of simpler ones, and assured her I'd be there Monday as well.
So when I got up to the classroom, I hauled out the two-ton Algebra textbook and looked in the index and turned to the chapter dealing with these mathematical monstronsities. Of course they had some simple examples, and I leanred how to work the graphing calculator to work them out : Given a number to a fraction of a power, you hit the number, then the carat ^ then top number, divide by, bottom number, enter. Okay. But what about THIS one:
(5X) to the negative 5 over 4 power? Well, you change it to the 4th root of 5X, to the negative 5th power, but of course, they don't like you putting a NEGATIVE exponent, so you have to transpose it, put that all under a one,to make it a positive exponent. BUT WAIT! You can't leave it THAT way because the Math Gods don't like radical signs in the denominator! Now, if it was simply a square root, it would be easier, but this is a 4th root, to the FIFTH POWER.
Am I losing you yet?
Yeah, that's what I THOUGHT!
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Back up a few months during the blood drive at my school. I can't GIVE blood, having been to a "malarial country". But I can at least help my long-time friend who's a teacher at my school and helps to organize these blood drives, and gets kids to volunteer so they can earn community service credits for PIG (participation in government). I'm there mostly to make sure the snacks go to people who actually gave blood, and not to other kids who just drop in to see what's going on.
It's a quiet assignment, so I bring my writing materials. Next to me is a young girl volunteer, who's using her cell phone to text. After a bit, she notices that not only am I writing prodigiously, I'm doing so in Spanish, She asked me in Spanish, "Ud. es boricua?" (slang for Puerto Rican) I laughed and explained (also in Spanish) how my Puerto Rican STEPmother helped me to learn, and about the mission work I do in Peru. Then when she realized I had a fiance there, she exclaimed, "You have a long distance relationship TOO!" and told me about her BF whom she never met yet, but they've been "together" a long time - he's in PA, we're in NY. ANyway, we friended each other on facebook, and we give each other hugs in the hall. When she knew I'd brokien up with Levi, she gave me an extra big hug. When she learned I'd made up with him, she was happy for me.
So today I was sitting at my first block assignment in the student cafeteria, in case any kids wanted help with their math homework, and she came over with a sad face. I was with another Christian TA, also latina (she's originally from Cuba), and we invited her to sit with us and tell us what was wrong. So she pours out all about some conflicting emotions, attraction to a guy nearby, but baby-mama-drama...and I think of all the stuff the Lord has let me go through in my relationship with Levi, and He USES it to speak into her life and to comfort and counsel.
God is so COOL!
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