I didn’t manage to update this blog yesterday. When I got home from work I was good for nothing other than watching some tv, making my first batch of frugal homemade yogurt and continuing to not be able to get to sleep when I need to. Work left me exhausted. Thankfully I have some good people I could talk to about it.
I was a little sad going back to work, not because I don’t like my job. Quite the opposite really. As long time readers of this blog might know, I am a self employed sign language interpreter for part of my week and I am a lecturer in a college supported learning department teaching students with various learning disabilities the rest of the time. I love both of my jobs. I’m very lucky.
What made me sad was when I arrived I was met with what can only be described as wall of sign language. I got the impression that the student I work with that day had had very minimal communication in his own language during the two weeks we were off. He has a lovely family, they are doing the best they can but they don’t seem to have as much support as they could have. The student (my student) deserves more. He deserves good Deaf role models to help show him how to make the most of what he has. He is a bright boy who finds some things difficult. I hope he will do well and get enough support when it comes time for him to leave the college environment and I’ll do all I can to make sure that happens.
On a lighter note, I would like to share the funny moment I had when I stopped into the supermarket on the way home to buy the supplies to make the frugal version of homemade yogurt. I’d like to share a photograph with you. This was the moment when the checkout assistant went “huh??”
Yup, you are looking at 4 different kinds of milk… The regular Grahams semi-skimmed is for tea, coffee cereal etc. The whole milk is UHT and was to make the first batch of yogurt. I wanted to used what seemed to be the most foolproof method first and that meant using the whole milk (93p for a litre) and a couple of table spoons of the dried milk to make it thicker that meant getting the dried milk too (£1.15 for the box above). If that worked well I also wanted to try the lower fat and even cheaper but less foolproof method, using skimmed UHT milk (57p for a litre). I checked the 93p version of skimmed and the 57p skimmed milk, the ingredients and nutritional data were exactly the same, only different packaging. Yay! But that meant 4 different kinds of milk… I looked even stranger than normal!
The other item you see above is one of my favourite things, salmon pate. You can probably see the yellow “whoopsie” sticker on the bottom.
And with that I better get back to finishing my lesson plan for tomorrow.