dolce vita di balsky

the adventure continues

dreams

Some days I look forward to finishing my Visa here and moving on to adult things. Like a real job that doesn’t include memorizing beers on tap or having to wear a short skirt and a fake smile to pay the bills, buying my own groceries so I can eat the food I really enjoy eating, having my own life instead of living in the shadows of another family, and being able to do all my night owl chores I like to do without having to worry about waking sleeping girls.

But today I am dreaming of travelling. I am dreaming of days with no makeup and fresh fruit, spontaneous dance parties with strangers, days filled with art and amazing views. I want to kiss charming men in the moonlight, I want to lay in the sun, and I want to not know what each day will bring.

As Kari points out, this has been my life since graduation. Thank goodness for a friend that brings you back to reality. I realize this, and that I am a brat for wanting more. But I do. I want more. I want a life of this, not just a couple years before I commit myself to real adulthood. This fake parenting has been plenty for me so far.

I went out on a little date a couple weeks ago. A traveller with a glowing presence about him that was oh so attractive. He asked me about my life as an au pair. I answered with honesty and yes, it was a touch negative as I am in the thick of two weeks with them day and night and I have spent four weeks straight with them in the country with no weekend breaks because of lack of ID. I had a bit to vent. His response was, “just leave if you are unhappy”. Simple as that. Yes I have thought of that on several occasions, but I have also weighed my options and the desire to have money left to travel Europe before I head back to Canada is more appealing than spending all that money on rent in London. And while I am not always the happiest here, I am most definitely learning a lot. It’s just what I am learning is not necessarily fun self-discovery stuff, but is rather grown-up knowledge that I will use later in life. That, and I have gained the utmost appreciation for my glowing mother and all the amazing things she did for us. WIth FOUR of us. Two is hard enough. So while some days I would love to take the advice of the glowing hippy who lives by the seat of his pants (trousers), my time here is not being wasted.

Next week when I get back my customary nap time mid afternoon while the girls are at school, I will use it to research my dreamy travelling lifestyle. Find a way that I can make this my life instead of just a temporary few years of bliss.

My camera is not broken and I have remembered how to write

I promise I have not become illiterate because I have only been posting photos. Pictures just seem to be a tad more interesting than me writing about my daily life. But a quick update.

I have received my replacement driving licence in the form of a new UK licence. It only took six weeks. At week eight, Alberta registry contacted me on how to replace my Alberta licence. I informed them they were too late to be of any use.

I understand those Staples commercials with the parents rejoicing that it is back to school. I. GET. IT. The girls have been on a two week vacation. I have one more day to endure. And then I am off to Dublin for four days! Hallelujah!

I go to Dublin early Friday and come back late Monday. I am so excited. I don’t know what I am going to do there. I know I will drink beer where it is socially acceptable to drink beer at any hour of the day. I will not have to be a responsible adult worrying about a pair of chickadees. And I will hang out with adults. I will meet strangers. I will wander the city at my own leisurely pace. And answer to no one. And find my Gerard Butler in some charming Irish pub.

I have found a girl for Bryan. He’s hesitant. But I think I have pretty good taste in nice girls his age. And because I get along with her so well has nothing to do with it. ;P But in all honesty, she mentioned her type, and she was describing B. And I love her, so they should date. But seriously, B.

The past two weeks that I have been able to make it into London I have been hanging out with wonderful people. Not necessarily seeing the museums I keep saying that I am heading into the city to see, but nonetheless enjoying my time with lovely faces, drinks, my first BBQ of the season, delicious market food, finding cool new areas of London, and wonderful chats.

Yesterday I took the girls and their friend to the Isle of Wight. We took a hovercraft to the island. And hung out on the beach. We ate fish and chips. Okay I did, they ate hot dogs and chips. We built sand castles and practiced cartwheels. Collected seashells, dipped our toes in the sea, and went to the carnival. It was really nice to get out to the coast. Not beach weather like the Mediterranean, but nice enough if you layered wisely.

The Help

The other day Emily had a friend over for a play date. As soon as Helen walked in the house she commented on how she had never seen Emily’s house so clean before.

At least someone appreciates what I do.

Finished product

Finished product

Miss Betty Crocker Chloe #bettycrocker #cupcakes #lemon

Miss Betty Crocker Chloe #bettycrocker #cupcakes #lemon

Beach day with three little chickadees

Beach day with three little chickadees

Happy Sunday #lazylondon #london #beergardens #concert

Happy Sunday #lazylondon #london #beergardens #concert

Midnight in Paris part deux

Midnight in Paris part deux

La dolce vita #regentscanal #london #everythingisbetterwithabridge

La dolce vita #regentscanal #london #everythingisbetterwithabridge

Gorgeous day in Camden #London #camdenmarket

Gorgeous day in Camden #London #camdenmarket