This photo just makes me happy :)
It is the shortest day of the year here in Australia, and by the time we were walking home from school at 430 today, the sun was already beginning to set. It made me smile on the way home because the sunset gave the sky a beautiful pinkish tone. It was a calm walk home. In additon, it was the first time Kelly and I walked home since last Thursday so it was quite pleasant. We have been lucky the past few days in gettings lifts with our friendly coworkers.
For afternoon tea today at school, the cook made Anzac biscuts. When I say "biscut" I mean cookie, but in Australia, all cookies are referred to as "biscuts." The Anzac biscuts are delicious, and a cookie with some history! The anzac biscut started during World War I when wives sent these cookies to their husbands in the war, as a quick easy to grab n' go treat. There is a national holiday deidcated to this cookie (April 25). It's a must bake upon my return back home. Just to get your moutwatering here's the ingredients: rolled oats, coconut, flour, sugar, butter, golden syrup, water, and baking soda. The rolled oats are what justifed these cookies are being "healthy" to serve at school day. A healthy cookie, that's my style!
Poweder paint...a first time experience for me. An odd thing (or I thought it was odd) At school they have powder based paint, simply to be mixed with water. I wasn't informed that you only need a SMALL amount of poweder to be mixed with water for the paint. I poured about two heaping spoonfuls into the mixture, and it turned into a bloody mess. By "bloody" mess, I mean my hands are now dyed a red tone for what might be a few days. I would guess poweder paint is used in America, but I waited untill I came to Australia to have my first experience with it. Oops. We learn through experience!
Lice. This word in American is a terrible word, and something that nobody wants to deal with. It's that icky bug scramming in your head. Here, in the laid back country of Australia, it's no big deal mates. A child at our center has lice, and it was nothing more than a child with a runny nose. If lice was brought to a school in America, the parents are informed, child sent home, materials cleaned, etc. The classroom/school went on like normal. Interesting to learn the views!
Since I've been here I've learned to appreciate the taste of coffee with milk. Back home, it's more than normal for me to drink black coffee. Here, drinking black coffee is uncommon, and the reactions I get when I say I drink it black at home, well, they are shocking reactions from people. I'm wondering if by the time I go home I will have becomed used to coffee with milk that I'll stick with it, or go back to black coffee. Speaking of coffee here's something for you to "sip and think" on, especially for you love birds: A coworker at our child center is in a long distance marriage relationship, whose spouse lives in the United States. For me to learn this was interesting, but insightful to hear what people would do for love. Some food for thought: would you be able to be this far away from your loved one? It's neat because they are able to travel back/forth from the US/Australia to one another, however the time difference would make it tough. The time difference for myself to speak to you guys reading this (family/friends) is tough, yet alone thinking about keeping a marriage through a time zone difference. “Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can - there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did."
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