Sunday, January 18, 2009
One year ago...
The visit with Maddie was typical today. That's the way it gets with this process...each day is the same as the day before.
Today we went outside. Due to taxi troubles, I didn't get there until after she was already dressed to go outside, so I decided to give it another try.
It didn't work.
There's too many distractions...and no opportunity to really get to know each other. She goes from one toy to another...and I tag along.
And there are too many opportunities for her to walk up to other adults looking for attention. I need to be the one she gets attention from.
There is one orphanage worker who Maddie loves...and that's great. She gives Maddie candy EVERY time she sees her. That's not great. The girl can not handle her sugar!
And then there are the strangers.
Maddie walked up to a woman and gave her a hug.
She wasn't an orphanage worker....she was just walking through the courtyard.
We have our work cut out for us.
Maddie also decided it would be fun to run away from me when I told her to 'come here.'
The good news...I know she knows the meaning of the phrase.
The bad news...She's showing me she is going to test me...alot. And there's not a whole lot I can do about it right now. UGH!
After visiting hours were over, I made my way home via taxi...again.
You know...the whole time I've been here I think I've only had the same driver once. I know the OES staff and the orphanage are calling the same taxi company...boy, they must have a lot of drivers.
The funny thing is...you never know what type of car you're going to get. It's a toss up. Will you get a 2007 Lexus or a 1979 Russian Lada?
I've decided to make a game of it. (I've got to do something for entertainment...it's just me, myself and I around here.) I make a bet with myself as to which type of car will show up each morning. I'm thinking about rewarding myself if I'm right...how does a Snickers sound? :)
And maybe I should keep track and post the stats here on the blog. It could say something to the effect of, 'When you call the XYZ taxi company in Odessa you are ???% likely to get a Russian Lada.'
Perhaps I have too much time on my hands! :)
Don't worry...my prospects are brightening.
Guess what I got to do this afternoon?
I went to lunch with Nataliya!
Yep...I finally met my blogging buddy from New York State.
We went to a lovely sandwhich shop where I had a chicken wrap and fries and she had an awesome dessert-like dish. It was sooooo good. She let me have a few bites, and then she took me over to the grocery store so I knew what to look for, if I wanted to buy some for myself.
You KNOW I do!
Afterwards, Natalyia had to track down some more court decrees, so we said goodbye with a promise to try and get together again before she leaves.
So I headed back to the apartment to wait for the kid's call, do more laundry (there's always laundry) and read a book.
Tomorrow morning it's back out to the orphanage for another visit with Maddie.
So what do you think?
What kind of cab will it be?
A Lexus or a Lada?