Friday 30 March 2012: Dahlias & miscellany
These flowers have actually been blipped a couple of days ago, on Immy's chair, but they have been looking so cheerful on the dining table ever since that I thought I'd give them a second airing today. Have just started reading this book - it had good reviews, though I'm not finding the writing style brilliant: short, staccato sentences a little like a child's school essay and not particularly descriptive, either. However, the narrative is drawing me in (I'm only on p.35 so will persevere) and I do enjoy books set in Middle Eastern countries.
Took Immy for her first exercise session today with a fitness instructor recommended by the chiropractor, as part of a programme to try and correct her mild scoliosis with a combination of chiropractic adjustments; re-education of her muscles through special exercises; playing more sports and improved awareness of her own posture (e.g. 'owning' the problem, as he puts it). She seemed to enjoy it and was quite cheerful about it, which is a positive sign. I'm hoping we'll see a noticeable improvement in her posture in the next few months without having to resort to anything more drastic. I might also see if we can squeeze in a couple of sessions for her with the Brain Gym/kinesiology lady in Bahrain that she likes so much while we are there.
This evening she did her first babysitting job while we went out with Jonathan and Lynley. When we arrived at their house to pick them up, Alexander was having a major strop about being put to bed. In the end, we left him sitting up with Immy, with instructions to her not to do anything 'exciting' with him. Five minutes after leaving the house, she called Lynley's mobile. "Oh no! I hope he's not screaming the house down and waking up Simone!" was Lynley's first anxious thought. But no - Immy just wanted to check the password for the WiFi in the house as she couldn't get it to work! (Got her teenage priorities worked out, then!). When we returned three hours later we asked her if Alexander had stayed up for long. "No," she said. "He went to bed just after you left. I put The History Channel on TV with the sound turned off while I was on the computer and he sat on the sofa looking incredibly tired. After a few minutes I asked if he was sleepy and he just nodded and held out his arms to be picked up and put in bed!" Funny, that.
Today Immy passed another milestone - she was invited to someone's un-birthday party. One of her new friends at school is having an 'Alice in Wonderland' themed party at which she will be the Mad Hatter, and she asked everyone to come in costume. Immy was asked to come as the White Queen, which she was very excited about until she realised that the date of the party is the day that we leave for Bahrain, so she will not be able to go! Such a shame, she was so disappointed. But at least she now feels confident that these particular girls really do like her, so that gives me renewed hope for next term. And she's arranged to go to the movies with one of them tomorrow, so things are looking up.......
Thank you for all the kind comments on yesterday's blip which I felt was not up to scratch - it was the technical aspects of the photography, not the view itself, in which I was so disappointed! (I think there were a few headaches this morning, too!)