I am back. Back in black. Well kind of. A visit to my newest (and most amazing) hairstylist in the universe has rendered my long, tired tresses a thing of the past. He restored my sun-lightened multi-coloured hair back into exotic dark hues and now I find that I have a compulsive urge to replace my cut-off denim levi's with an Audrey Hepburn-esque little black dress as a result. Ah, the benefits of a good old head massage and two hours of pure attentiveness from a young, talented man...
Him: (massaging my head under warm soapy jets) "Is this too hard? Does it feel okay?"
Me: (quietly moaning...then moaning some more) "Oh Noooo...this feels Amaaaaaazing"
Him: (embarrassed chuckle) "Oh. Good. Ummm...Ok. Time to cool you down now. No really." (He then proceeds to douse my head in coldish water, bringing me out of my near-hypnotic state. Shamefully, I am drooling. I make mental note to self to send husband to study massage therapy on threat of divorce when next in India)
Anyway, I digress. We're back in the London now for the start of yet another scholastic year. Egg's new teacher is a pretty blond just out of teacher's college who I mistakenly took for someones Au Pair. Oops. But she looks sweet and I'm sure what she lacks in authority she will more than make up for in massive crushes (and I'm talking about the Dad's here, not the children).
I have to say though, despite having STILL not fully unpacked our eight suitcases (do you blame me?!) yesterday alone was enough to prompt me back onto my blog for more protracted and public moaning.
While on ichat with my father, Dumpie wandered in and rubbed a lovely smelling but very sticky lotion on me. I wondered vaguely what it was as I distractedly sniffed at it, but it wasn't until I tried to rub it into my arm that I noticed it was producing a heavy, thick white foam.
That's when I noticed that Dumpie's legs and arms were covered in a thick glaze, as if he'd been dipped into a giant cauldron of melted icing sugar in preparation for becoming a human donut.
I ran shrieking into the kitchen to discover that the new bottle of 'All-In-One Super Foamy Shampoo and Body Wash' I'd bought earlier in the day, had been squeezed out onto the entire kitchen floor. (Given that the bottle proudly states that a mere pea sized dollop of the stuff can lather and foam up an entire child's body, imagine what a whole bottle can do at once...no really)
After half an hour of mopping it became clear that I was doing nothing but turning the room into a giant slippery bubble bath - not to mention a complete safety hazard. The more water I put on, the more foam bubbled up, until it became so ridiculous that I just flopped, sodden, onto the floor and tried to stop myself from having a tantrum. Dumpie and Egg watched from the door, greatly amused, clearly finding the whole situation hilarious.
(I took the several deep breath's that the anti-abuse commercial on telly suggests when you're about to have a melt-down...took some more...then decided that my doomed kitchen was in all likelihood a preferable environment to the alternative domecile in Her Majesty's Prison if indeed I acted on any crazy impulses involving throttling and the like...)
This morning was no better. After a long morning of errands and countless stops in various stores along our street, I made one last pit stop before going home. In the library, I looked down to discover that not only was Dumpie happily munching his way through the second of two gourmet cupcakes I had bought the boys for a treat, but realised he was SHOE-LESS.
Horrified, I asked Dumpie where his shoes were.
"Me throw dere" he said munching happily on a sugary violet flower...
"Where Dumpie?! Where did you throw your shoes?!" I begged, exhausted and at my wit's end.
"Out dere" he said, motioning vaguely at the door, leaving me to retrace my steps up and down the street for the next half hour.
Fortunately, I did manage to recover the shoes. (They were found in two different stores, and turned over by bemused shop assistants.)
Unfortunately, I have yet to recover my former good mood. As it stands, it is M.I.A....