Wednesday, October 28, 2009

We survived the home study visit!

Mike and the social worker pressured me into doing the home visit on Wednesday evening - even after I explained that Wednesday is my absolute busiest home school day; understanding that I had been out of town for five days the previous week and had just returned; and, even knowing that the last of three straight weeks of house guests had just left on Sunday.

My house was a wreck. But since I let them bully me into doing the visit right away, we just went into overdrive and cleaned until we dropped.

A couple of major disasters were averted just moments before the social worker arrived. As we waited in our sparkling house, feeding pizza to our spiffed up kids, I noticed that Mike kept grimacing.

"What's wrong, honey?''

Turns out he'd had stomach problems all day. He desperately wanted to visit the facilities in his own home, but the problem was that this woman was coming to inspect our house (every room) at any moment. He solved the problem by hopping in the car, racing to a nearby MacDonald's and visiting THEIR facilities, before making a mad dash back home. (Now I totally realize that this is TOO MUCH INFORMATION for my blog, but I want to communicate how nervous we were about getting this visit right!)

Waiting for him, I noticed that Silver was missing. Silver is a pet -- one of the two fish that our neighbor just gave us. Pumpkin was still swimming around the aquarium, but Silver was GONE! He's not a tiny fish. And I couldn't find him anywhere.

As Mike drove up from his quick trip to MacDonald's, I raced out onto the driveway yelling, "Silver is missing! Silver is missing!" We looked high and low and finally found Silver in the kitchen sink, under the dish drainer. Silver apparently made a suicide jump from the aquarium (he's done it before) and flopped all the way over to the sink.

We were still a little harried when the social worker arrived, but soon settled down to business. And by the way, Silver survived, and as for the social worker, she didn't even set foot in the master bath.

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