At The Fruit Stand

(Jami originally posted this on her family blog, and it was just to funny and classic not to re-post. I thought many of you moms would likely relate to such circumstances! Thank you, Jami!)

When our family traveled all over the city for medical tests for our residency, I thought, “Great! I can have Ella weighed!” She’s been having a lot of difficulty eating, so we have had concerns about her growth. But at one clinic they said we had to take her to another clinic across town. And when we got there, the wait was HOURS long. We actually waited for a couple of hours because we needed a medical card to take to the tuberculosis clinic. But then they closed the doors at 5:00 and sent everyone home. All to say, I don’t know how anyone could actually wait it out at a clinic to have their baby weighed. So I took Ella to our local fruit stand. And Ella squiggled. And we don’t know exactly how much she weighs. But I don’t think she’s lost weight. And I think we’re not supposed to worry!

Do you have any similar stories about getting creative by necessity?


3 Responses to “At The Fruit Stand”

  1. 1 Gina December 4, 2010 at 12:40 am

    Our first year overseas I wanted desperately to make a creme de menthe pie for Christmas, but I couldn’t get any of the ingredients – oreo cookie crust, marshmallow cream, cool whip, or creme de menthe. I figured out how to make the crust from oreos and butter, learned how to make marshmallow cream from scratch (really not hard!), found whipping cream instead of cool whip, and the best part – a friend of mine convinced people at the newly opened Starbuck’s to give her 3 shots of mint flavoring in a cup (that was tricky in her second language, especially given that this is a country where people don’t think outside the box much!). That opened a whole new door to realizing how much food you can make from scratch or with alternate ingredients!

  2. 2 Ashley L. December 4, 2010 at 9:26 am

    The one that immediately came to mind for me was when I was at a cafe with a friend who went to great lengths to get a decaf mocha. They sold mochas (caffeinated only) and decaf lattes, but no decaf mochas. She asked the waitress if it would be possible to substitute decaf for the regular espresso, but their register was such that it wouldn’t allow the substitute since the decaf espresso was more expensive than regular. So, my friend ordered the decaf latte and the caffeinated mocha and asked the waitress to put the decaf shot into the mocha and the caffeinated one into the latte. She agreed and even put some chocolate sauce into the latte to make it a mocha too. The whole combo cost her $12, but she got her decaf mocha, and if I recall correctly, I think I scored the caffeinated spare mocha. =)

    The other one that I thought of was when we bought a 16 kilo (35 pound) turkey for Thanksgiving and my dear friend tried to fit it in her standard Russian sized (very small) oven. She had to bust the legs off of the pterodactyl in order to make it fit, which made for a very strange looking bird for the Thanksgiving spread!

  3. 3 ABCクリニック February 18, 2017 at 1:23 pm


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