- When the lightbulb goes on – you know the lightbulb, the one over everyone’s head? I met with the professor who will be administering my German exam and he told me to pick out some material I actually want to read as the basis for my examination. I picked out something I kind of want to read, something relevant to the guided reading I’m doing this semester and a class I’ll take next fall. So, having the exam material, I’ve changed the rhythm of my German study. I’m still working my way through the German text book as there is still material I need to know, but instead of doing all the exercises at the end of every chapter I only do the individual sentence translations to reinforce whatever skill I’ve just been taught, and then move to work on translating a portion of one of the articles for me exam. The first day of this was excruciating. Shifting from translating passages geared to fit with the skills you’ve been acquiring to the translation of academic writing with vague references that would likely be elusive even in English… OUCH. It reminded me of the similar shift I made in my French class this summer so I knew not to despair completely, but… I had seven or so years of French study behind me… I have one month of intensive instruction in German and three months of self-study… much scarier. Anyhow… the second day of this task a light bulb went on and I realized that I was overlooking an important, repeated grammatical construction. I can’t say that going back and fixing the repeated error produced a fully lucid translation, but… it moved me closer. And the satisfaction of that light bulb blinking on… love it. (Now may many more light bulbs light up and make these articles truly coherent…)
- Visits from Grandmas– Caroline’s abuelita, Kev’s mom, was here for three days this week and shared so generously of herself- much time with Caroline and hard work in our back yard dealing with some refuse left behind by previous homeowners and good conversation with us. When Mamie, my mom, was here in late December/early January she thoroughly advanced our home organization and showered much love on Caroline. Grandmas can come ANYTIME (grandpas, aunts and uncles, aunties/uncles too!). Love it.
- Cool Businesses within Walking Distance of Home- I’m thinking particularly of a marvelous children’s bookstore, independently owned and run (that has an “adult resource center” in the back where adults can relax- and check out locally made yarn (!) and crafts) and the very family friendly independently run restaurant next door and the recently opened resale shop for gently used children’s clothing (BEAUTIFUL stuff, CHEAP!) This family friendly haven of a shopping area isn’t super close. It is a hefty 2 mile walk, but it is walkable, sidewalks most of the way! Abuelita, Kev, Caroline, and I tried it out this week. It is a long round trip walk, but, weather cooperating, it is definitely walkable. Considering that the bookstore has story hour almost every day (free) and frequent craft classes for kids… think we’ll make this walk once or twice over the next several years. Love it.
- Exceeding a Goal– So this is a repeat from a previous week, but… I am tracking my weight loss efforts here so… I set the goal of losing 20 pounds (10 percent of my starting weight- I’m not overly modest as you can tell) by Easter and… as of today I am at 21.2 pounds lost! A few weeks early even! Maybe it will be 25 by Easter! And even better than the number on the scale? Rings back on my finger and off the chain around my neck and into smaller pants! Hooray! Love it.
- Homemade, Naturally Sweetened, Ice Cream– Sometime last fall we picked up an ice cream maker as I kept finding really intriguing naturally sweetened (and sometime non-dairy) ice cream recipes on-line. We finally put the machine to use this week trying out a non-dairy, naturally sweetened dark chocolate ice cream. It is made with coconut milk and agave nectar (among other things). I found the recipe on-line a long time ago. You can find it too with with help of good old google. It is DELICIOUS! And the second time Kev got everything just cold enough that the consistency was PERFECT. Mmm… we’ll have fun experimenting with this. Love it.
- Being in Prayer for Loved Ones– I just feel so connected when I pray for folks daily. Love it.
- Thunderstorms– A doozy of one blew through not long ago. Such storms can be scary here, more intense than those I’m used to, but… still… the driving rain, the flashes illumining a darkened sky, the clatter of thunder… LOVE IT.
You can play too! Tell me seven things you love, perhaps seven things particular to this week! Let me know if you’ve played in the comments!