15 hours ago
Monday, December 17, 2012
In Which Jer Arrives And There Is Much Rejoicing
Ellen instantly took to him-- no hesitation at all. They compared scars from surgery (Ellen has had a double tendon release) and decided Jer was the winner. From then on they've been thick as thieves.
We spent quite a bit of time at the hotel today, which is where she's most comfortable. I don't think she'd spent a lot of time out in the city before this, so the streets of Bangkok are pretty overwhelming for her. But now that Jer's here she seems a bit more confident about trying new things.
So this morning while the two of them bonded over Ellen's ukulele (I told you this kid was awesome), I ventured out to try and do some laundry. Bangkok has this permeating smell that gets into your clothes very quickly, and so you really can't wear things more than once. And also I had several pairs of my underwear stolen out of my checked bag on the flight over, so I was running a bit low. I didn't want to have the laundry done at the hotel room as it's extremely expensive there, so a friend found us a laundry mat within walking distance and I set off to try and navigate my first transaction almost completely in Thai. It actually wasn't nearly as hard as I thought it would be; I was surprised at just how much I understood.
Ellen has been a big help in boosting my Thai vocabulary; she's able to correct my pronunciation and help me out with what I'm trying to say. She thinks Jer's attempts at Thai are hilarious. Since he's been in school or studying about 70 hours a week, he hasn't been able to learn more than a couple of phrases. He can say "Hello," "Thank you," and sort of count to ten-- we're still working on that. His attempts to learn more have prompted a whole lot of giggling. It's really great to see them getting along so well!
Tomorrow we're hopefully going to have Ellen's passport, and we'll be getting her medical testing done for her visa. Keep your fingers crossed that we'll be able to get the results back in time to have her visa before Christmas!