Thursday, December 23, 2010

yesterday's meatloaf is today's sloppy joe

We are so blessed to have the cafeteria available to us for free! However, while the student's aren't here the cafeteria is closed. But, this is probably good so Elle will have memories of her mother cooking. We usually only eat in the cafeteria for dinner. Chris is usually gone before Elle gets up in the morning and a lot of the students don't have lunch at the same time, or have to eat a sack lunch over in the school building so we like to reserve lunch as our family meal. Dinner is always 5:30-6:30. For the last week or so we have had lunch in the caf because I didn't want to have to go to the store until absolutely necessary. Plus, we'll be on our own for two and 1/2 weeks so we thought we'd take advantage of someone else worrying about what to eat. The caf is contracted out to a company who decides what we eat. The company is different this year than in the past, but they hired all the same people who worked here previously. However, many of the students (and adults) complain about the food not being as good, monotonous, and they run out a lot of the times. They've gone through several managers and currently have temps rotating through. Not sure what the deal is with that. Overall, the foods pretty okay. There is a little of the meatloaf-sloppy joe thing that goes on, but it's not too bad. For lunch and dinner you can choose from the hot entree, the grill, salad bar, soup, or have a deli sandwich or even cereal. I'm still amazed at the kids who bring in microwave meals as well. There's usually dessert and always ice cream (a favorite around here). We have plenty of drink selections as well, except no Diet Dr. Pepper, but I guess it's not QT so you can't have everything. We tried getting the kids to sit with us, but they don't like to eat with us for some reason. We usually sit by ourselves or with the other faculty residents. If we're there at lunch we eat at "the teacher table". We keep a booster seat and disposable bibs on top of one of the closets on the side. Elle usually roams around while Chris and I get the food and then if she finishes first you can find her a) playing by herself under the tables, on the bench, or running around or b) playing with Jonathan (another prof's son) who lives on the 3rd floor or other faculty. She's still cautious of most of the students so she doesn't usually bother them. We also try to keep her out of the fireplaces. It's really eating in a cafeteria with a tray and everything, but we don't have to do the dishes! If you want to visit sometime we can let you experience it first hand. Of course it will have to be when the student's are here as well.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas is coming the goose is getting fat!

We got a little break from the students during Thanksgiving when they were gone for a week. Before they left a student asked Chris if the cafeteria was open while they were gone. Chris said no. The student then asked in all seriousness: "How do you eat?" We have realized that a lot of the students don't fully appreciate that this is our home. Not just temporary. Mops had a set back not having any kids around for a week so I'm a little worried about how she'll be after they're gone for 2 1/2 weeks. The kids are in the midst of finals. They started on Friday and have two a day until Wednesday. Chris had to give his final on Saturday morning, but so far he hasn't heard any complaints. They also don't have finals today (Sunday) so I guess they get a little break. I think it's a pretty rough week, but the parents and school provide snacks in the evenings to try and keep their spirits up. They've also been turning on the fire places in the great hall, which makes it feel warm and cozy. We had a little party last Tuesday for our floor. The pic is of the tile/coasters I made for the girls. The difficult part about being here is the fact that this is a public school and being sensitive to the fact that many of the kids may not celebrate Christmas. We've loved being in OKC this year for Christmas! The lights around the city, the BC Clark song, and cooler temps make it seem so festive. We are so excited about Christmas with Elle this year. She's been helping me wrap presents, by being in charge of the tape. Most of it gets in the right spot. Seems so funny to think last year she could walk or talk at this time. We hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas! I'm going to end this post with a section from one of the Little House on the Prairie books, which I think is really nice.

"Do you know what Pa wants for Christmas?" They did not know. "Horses," Ma said. "Would you girls like horses?" Laura and Mary looked at each other. "I only thought," Ma went on, "if we all wished for horses, and nothing but horses, then maybe--"Laura felt queer. Horses were everyday; they were not Christmas. If Pa got horses, he would trade for them. Laura could not think of Santa Claus and horses at the same time. "Ma!" she cried. "There is a Santa Claus, isn't there?" Of course there's a Santa Claus," said Ma. She set the iron on the stove to heat again. "The older you are, the more you about Santa Claus," she said. "You are so big now, you know he can't be just one man, don't you? You know he is everywhere on Christmas Eve. He is in the Big Woods, and Indian Territory, and far away in York State, and here. He comes down all the chimneys at the same time. You know that don't you?" "Yes, Ma," said Mary and Laura...Then Ma told them something else about Santa Claus. He was everywhere, and besides that, he was all the time. Whenever anyone was unselfish that was Santa Claus. Christmas Eve was the time when everybody was unselfish. On that one night, Santa Claus was everywhere, because everybody, all together, stopped being selfish and wanted other people to be happy. And in the morning you saw what that had done. "If everybody wanted everybody else to be happy, all the time, then would it be Christmas all the time?" Laura asked, and Ma said, "Yes, Laura." (Laura Ingalls Wilder, On the Banks of Plum Creek)