16.07.2010 35 °C
July 10th 2010
I was really excited to get home from sailing and sleep in a real bed and not have to wake up and do a million things in the morning, I really wanted to sleep in as much as I could because it was a Saturday, and it was my day off to relax. But of course that didn't happen, because apparently I don't get days off. My room is just the top floor of the house and there is no door because the stairs go right up. It really bothers me that I can't shut and lock a door to a room that is supposed to be my space, but this is kind of minor details. This bothers me for a few reasons. The house is very echoey because it's stone wall and floors, so I can hear everything that is said in the whole house, and whenever a light goes on on any of the downstairs floors it shines right upstairs. At about 930 AM I was already awakened by all of the noise downstairs but I was still laying in bed. Then I heard Silvia telling Irene to come wake me up. I'm very cranky whenever I first wake up and obviously this made me mad because it's Saturday and I'm off work. When Irene came up and said wake up I decided to say "No, I'm going to sleep for a bit longer". Her not knowing english doesn't make it easy for me to do things like this, but eventually she went downstairs and I went back to sleep. Then about 45 minutes later I woke up again and was laying in bed preparing myself to get up, and Silvia told Irene to come wake me up again, I was so annoyed but this time because I was already planning on getting up I jumped out of bed and turned the lights on quickly so that Silvia would know I was already awake. I went on the computer to see if anyone from home was on facebook (probably drunk because it was 2am in Calgary, first weekend of Stampede) and did a couple other things but I was still in my room when Silvia yelled up the stairs "Kendahl, are you ready?" I thought quickly about if we were supposed to go anywhere or do anything but we weren't supposed to so I said "Ready for What?" and she said "To help me". I was mad because it's my time off, but I said "Yeah, I guess so". We did all of Irene's packing for the alps and Fabrizio wasn't at home so Irene was sitting in the room with us and was far from being entertained so Silvia told me to blow up this blow up pool and play with her in the backyard. One of Irene's friends came over and played with her in the pool so I brought my laptop down because I was trying to reply to a bunch of messages, email my mum, write my blog about the last week. Silvia told me that instead I should go upstairs and pack for the alps (which I had pretty much already done before we even went sailing) and I figured I could just go up and get all my internet things done up there instead, and so I went up and she unplugged the internet box.
About noon she got a phone call from her friend who had a baby on July 4th inviting us over for dinner, I was excited to go to another house for dinner because I enjoy meeting other families and was REALLY excited to see the baby. Then she told me the plan was for her to take me to their house a few hours before dinner so I could play with Irene and the families other child, a 3 year old boy. During that time she was going to 'go home and prepare everything else for the alps'. I was mad she didn't even give me the option of not going as consideration to my time off, but even if she had what was I supposed to say, obviously I couldn't say no thanks because that wouldn't go over well. Most of the time before we went to the other house was spent me helping her prepare everything so in the end I don't know what else there was she was preparing, but whatever. A long while before I knew we had to leave I went and took a shower and spent a fair amount of time getting ready just because I was so annoyed by everything and at that point didn't really feel like helping out more.
I know that it probably seems to them like I'm not doing much when I'm upstairs in my room or while I'm on my computer but I only spend about an hour, maybe two if I'm lucky, a day on the computer and in that time I accomplish a lot. It's my way of keeping in touch with Calgary, and without being able to keep in contact so easily I would be much more homesick. They should be happy that this keeps me happy because without it I probably would be very distracted thinking about what is going on at home. I also really need my own space sometimes, especially when living with people. I learned this through living with friends for a while because ultimately all the time we lived together we felt we were obligated to hang out and this resulted in none of us being friends anymore. It's not the obligation that ruined our friendship it was that we spent far too much time together and things fell apart quickly. I don't want spending too much time together and quickly becoming annoyed of each other to ruin this because I fully intend on staying with this family for the next year. Irene is, for the most part, still attached to me, she has her moods like all kids do where she decides that she doesn't like me very much but in the end she is always interested in what I am doing and doesn't leave me alone. Which didn't really bother me until we went sailing because she just does anything to get my attention and wouldn't let me read my book and things and I get so annoyed of her sometimes. So far it's been a tolerable annoyance, she is like having a little annoying sister but if she continues to do this I'm going to have to figure something out about having a bit more limits.
But anyways, the afternoon and dinner was great, we had pizza followed by Gelato. The baby is adorable and her name is Maddalena which I absolutely love. The family who's house we went to was very, very nice and they both spoke english except for the grandma of the baby was there and she couldn't speak english, but her and I had a full blown conversation in Italian about weather in Canada and Watermelon - which was very exciting for me!
After dinner we went home and I went straight to bed because I knew we had to be up early to get leave for the alps!!