I anticipated, last week to be hard and hectic. In reality, it was even worse and turned into an insane one. Without going into much detail, today, let’s just say we are back into a new nanny hunt. Every time, there is a new one, I always discuss and set few rules of do’s and don’ts. The main one is our approach to discipline R without harming or hurting her and letting the nanny know that we have surveillance camera in the house. Well, the next morning she showed up to tell me that in her years of nanny career, no one ever told her not to hurt the child and my conversation made her “feel very bad”. Though we are in deep trouble to find a new one ASAP, I suppose it is a blessing in disguise that she quit.
I took off from work the week before, while we waited for this lady to start, so I couldn’t just take another week off from the new project. Having no family in town, my husband had to fly back home Tuesday night to chip in by working from home. Both our bosses preferred we do what we can instead of taking the week off, if possible. We got through work by not scheduling overlap meetings and working late hours and early mornings, last week. This week, I called in the backup childcare service that my work offers, for set number of days a year, while we continue to interview. What that means is that R will be again with a new person for the week and not settle until we find a permanent(?) reliable and caring nanny. I hate every time she has to go through the nanny transition period and often wonder if I should just quit my job. It’s a catch-22 because I also want to set an example for her that a woman can have a successful career and a loving family. It’s one of the hardest dilemma of my life.
With all that’s going on, I am in no mood to share a recipe. Instead, I am sharing few photos of the beautiful coastline from our Italy trip. Looking back at these photos calms me down and I hope you enjoy these while I take some time to come back with a new recipe, hopefully, soon.
After a short stay in Naples, we went to Pompeii for a day trip, before going further south towards Amalfi coast. The co-existence of mountains and ocean is breathtaking. Although the general architecture of the buildings are different, the cliffs, the water, boutique shops in the villages reminded me so much of our Santorini trip. We explored Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, and Rovello along the coastline.
Spending few fabulous days in the southern coastline, we headed to north towards Tuscany en route to Cinque Terre. Cinques Terre, “The Five Lands”, composed of five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore, is a hiker’s heaven. Breathtakingly beautiful cliffs, charming villages, ragged, steep hiking trails overlooking the sea truly set Cinque Terre National Park apart from any other national parks I have visited.
The Amalfi Coast and Cinque Terre, both are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and both are breathtakingly beautiful in their own ways.