Wednesday, November 6, 2013

For the Win

So...there is this 8 year old girl. One of the two girls I nanny. She is as stubborn as they come. nd she lives in her own little world I think half the time. Quite different than her older sister. She  bounces about when she is happy, and plants herself to the floor when she doesnkt get her way.

When I asked her to do something, she instantly decided that she did not want to do it and wouldn't a lot of the time. I wasn't going to have it. So on a few occassions her father has stepped in to let her know she was to listenm Then thing is, I wanted to win her over. Get her to do things because she wanted to do them for me. So after watching and observing her for quite a while, I have discovered that she responds to games. If I dare her to do something, she will do it. The time game doesn't work well for her...but tickling does.Threats make her shut completely down. So, I have to get creative. BUT, I can't and don't want to make EVERYTHING a game. I decided to test the waters today. I asked her to put her socks in the laundry room. She started to walk away from them, and gave her a questioning look, and she turned around and took care of the socks.

Win. Hoping this keeps up! This is the first time it has taken this long for a young kid to realize how good they have it with me as their nanny.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Little Miss Lazy Pants

Apparently I have forgotten how to live without company. I took Crystal to the airport this morning and have lazed about most of the day. I did manage to stop by CVS to pick up various items I realized I should have about the house, but for the most part I seriously did nothing. It was kind of nice though...tomorrow I start back into my regular schedule. Which I should talk about on here one day, but that is not today.

I have come to realize that it is not good for man to be alone. Or without a working drier. But let's talk about this first point a bit.

It is also not good for woman to be alone either. At least not this woman. I greatly dislike living by myself. I can do it, but I function far better when I have others surrounding me. This little miss lazy bones thing might be weird for today, but in all actuality this isn't the first time I have been lazy a lot of the day. I do it on a regular basis when I am alone and have the day free from obligations. I hate this fact. Even when I have obligations on a mostly lazy day, I really despise going to do whatever it is until I get there and then feel an intense amount of relief when it's over and move as quickly as possible to my room, my pj's, and my bed.

I know. I am complaining about being a lazy bum. Big whoop. People, I need some sort of intervention, even if it is me intervening with myself. It is a miracle I actually made a decent dinner. Usually it's toast. Or plain bread if the toaster was put away. Lazy. Bum.

Anyways. I miss living with people. I miss having kids knock on my door asking for a ride. Or to watch a movie. Or to go for a walk. Or for a way to earn money. Man I loved living with that family in Utah.

Dagnabit. I want my own! I need motivation to make a good dinner. Kids are great for that. So are husbands apparently. :)

No, I don't necessarily need an intervention. I know, I need to figure out how to flirt cause apparently I have no abilities in that department to attract a guy to get a family. I need to make myself good meals so I am healthy. I need to have projects outside of work to work on, such as really learning Spanish and maybe crotcheting.

Today just was a rather introspective, lazy day.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Bioluminescent Bay

My cousin Crystal and I went on a kayaking tour of a bioluminescent bay and lagoon tonight. We got in our kayaks in the bay, kayaked ourselves into a canal, and suddenly the water started glowing whenever we touched it with our paddles! I couldn't believe it, so I tried tossing some water to see what it would do, and sure enough every drop glowed. It was beautiful and amazing. I loved it when it got really dark in the mangrove covered canal, the glowing would get more intense. The ambiance in the canal was cool too...very Pirates of the Caribbean ride-like...

The lagoon itself was amazing. As people from the tour moved along, you could see the water under their kayaks start to glow super intensely. I realized if you just looked at the water, it sparkled as the water would disturb itself as it flowed. We had some time to move around a bit in the lagoon without the pack of kayaks.

Then we headed back to the bay...and a HUGE rain and wind storm came up right as we got into the bay...Crystal was already tired from having surfed this morning, and she was a little under the weather, so I kept having to encourage her to paddle faster and with more arm strength than what she was a little crazy. Up till that point my shirt had stayed dry, but it was thoroughly soaked through with the rain and the little waves that crashed against the boat. What an adventure!!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Church was lovely. We fasted, testified of Christ, had a few lessons, and then came home. Unfortunately it seems my cousin Crystal (who came all the way from California to see me and venture about with me) seems to have caught a cold, so we kept it low key this afternoon and evening. Miraculously I had all the ingredients I needed for a very basic chicken soup. We had that with my lovely toasted water bread, and then she went to bed at 7 hoping that by morning she will be feeling well enough to do the surfing lesson she signed up for.

In the mean time, I discovered that suddenly I am able to upload pictures from my phone to facebook. It didn't used to have that ability, so I am a bit baffled by this new trick. Grateful, happy, ecstatic by it though. Perhaps my phone did a magical update without me looking? It was totally a random thought I had to attempt it, and glad I am that I did. Unfortunately the magic trick that works on facebook does not work on blogger from la cellular...or is it el cellular? Whatever it is, it ain't happening today. Sorry.

More tomorrow. Night!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Today was an amazing day. We did what I think is the typical Carribbean thing to do...we went to an amazing crystal clear water perfect sand beach. and we snorkelled off another beach and swam with sea turtles, sting raysn fish, and saw lots of coral. it was incredible to see.

The beach we went to is called Flamenco Beach. It is regularly rated one of the top 5 beaches in the WORLD to go to. So basically, it is going to be extremely hard for me to find a better beach without some extensive travelling. It was huge, not overcrowded, had loads of people renting lounge chairs and umbrellas for $5 each AND they set them up for you, and the water was just perfect. Had waves to play in and boogie board on ( rentals were available for everything beach related), or if you swam out a little you you swim/float in relative peace. GORGEOUS!

The ferry we took to get here was nice, but the line to get tickets was ridiculous. They haven't automated anything, and the tickets, for the most part, are relatively simple to get, and yet the line took so long to move...There is no option to purchase them online, nor is there a kiosk to purchase them with a credit card. You must purchase them from the ticket office.

However frustrating it was to get the tickets, the ride and boat were amazing. And the best part was on the way back to the main island...we watched pirates of the Carribbean. While we were boating on the Carribbean. :)

And there you have it. Now to treat this blasted sunburn!!

Friday, November 1, 2013

apparently capitalization is not possible on my phones browser...and apostraphes...oh well.

hello world. i am still in puerto rico. and...i like it! it rains a lot but i do not mind...cause it is warm. all. the. time. which is lovely. i find it funny though that i need to keep my walking on ice legs due to slippery algae laden steps and sidewalks and such.

i am slowly but surely learning spanish. i am terrible at it. but dang it i am going to learn it.

commas are also not a reasonable option right now. need. internet. ack.

k. thats all. hopefully internets become a possibility soon. day one nablopamo...check!

(So, I discovered that my keyboard on my phone is working like a normal keyboard for a computer...y'all are just gonna have to deal with all the typing awesomeness above though, cause ain't nobody got time for fixin' it all...:) )