Yo estoy muy cansada...
and one might say, well, if you are so darn tired why don't you just go to bed? Well, I would if I didn't have more Spanish homework staring me in the face. However, the verdict so far, after 3 days in my more *advanced* class?
SO glad I switched!
In fact, it really isn't fair to compare the classes because the fast course is truly for beginners. If you have never taken Spanish, it's perfect. However, as I have learned, even having a minimal background in Spanish is enough to get you bumped up. I'm slightly embarassed, though, as I have by far the least amount of experience in my class. And how is it?
It's just what I wanted. I wanted a class with some "book learning" but also a lot of conversation and this has it. In fact, each 2 hour segment is nearly all conversation, some based on the exercises, some on anticipated events in our new jobs overseas. Since there are only 5 of us, it is very easy to have good discussions that get more involved as we (okay, as *I*) grow in our (my) language confidence. I have no idea how I am doing officially and truthfully, I'm constantly on the edge fearing I will get booted for once again insisting that I am an American male (darn that gender business!). However, my vocabulary is growing by leaps and bounds and the words I had tucked away are all appearing once again.
The only (and I mean ONLY) downside is trying to do this while a single parent. Yes, I know others do it all the time. Maybe it's just our circumstances, but it's exhausting in many respects. I have next to no time for homework and have to hope I can get everything done in the evenings without sacrificing even more time with the kids.
The upside? On Sunday, I was able to get the house not looking like a shoo-in for Hoarders, the Lego edition, and it's pretty much stayed that way. The girls beat me home each day, but not by much, so just enough time to walk and feed the critters and have some downtime before the LG arrives. Despite being in class fulltime, the kids and I managed to create a menu for the week and have stuck to it thus far. We honestly don't have the time to eat out, and I've had no problem cooking every night...which means leftovers for lunches and that makes life even easier. Heck, I even made it to the gym today (thank God for admin hours on Wednesday afternoon)!
On the other hand, it does mean less time for outside activities. So, if you are wondering, it's why I haven't addressed the looming issue of the current season:
Yep...it's cookie time!
Girl Scout cookies are back and we are on those orders! In fact, this year, we are working together with Jill and Riley to spread the cookie goodness far and wide throughout the Foreign Service. We have made it terribly easy to enjoy those once-a-year treats that you buy en masse because they are so darn yummy (and ship well!).
To make it easy, I have copied the "how to" from Jill's blog. Follow these simple instructions and you, too, could be enjoying those cookies very soon! And now...Spanish homework is calling again...
Want cookies? Read the excerpt from Jill's post below and just follow the instructions!
- Thin Mints
- Thank You Berry Munch
- Dulce de Leche
- Savannah Smiles