Learning Spanish

I took a couple of years of Spanish in school, but that’s been…..um….quite some time ago, and if you don’t use it, you lose it.  I couldn’t carry on a conversation en espanol if I had to.

But I’ve decided that I want to brush up on my Spanish.

I really like (and heartily recommend) Duolingo’s online language learning courses.  Fun and painless, and all you have to do is watch a few advertisements.

Some of the vocabulary they start you out with is a little odd, though.

On the plus side, if I need to reassure Mrs. Garcia that there are no penguins in her bathroom, I am prepared.

Hope all’s well out there, friends, and God bless.

Semi-Listicle About My Day

I’d like to apologize for missing last Thursday’s post.  I could have gotten it done, but things were a little full up and I had to make some choices, and I chose to let it slide.  I’m not sure that was the best course of action.  A commitment is a commitment, right?  I’ll do better.

On the up side, my daughter turned twenty-five years old, and we did spend a little time in video chatting, so that was cool.

Anyway, I thought I’d tell you about my Saturday.  In bullet points.  Sort of a listicle.  Did you know that “listicle” is a new word?  It means an article that consists of pretty much just a list.  “Twenty-Five Rising Young Stars” or “Top Ten New Words I Didn’t Know Were Words.”

I love language evolution.  But that’s the etymology/grammarian nerd geek coming out.

Anyway, my Saturday.

  1. With half a dozen friends, reorganized the storage shed at the community theater.  Threw away a boatload of stuff we don’t need, which is always a satisfactory experience.
  2. Did some self-study in Spanish.  I’ve decided I want to dust off my Spanish skills and become a little more proficient at it.  If I need to tell somebody en español that ducks don’t eat oranges, I’m all set.
  3. Took my son to his basketball game.
  4. Stopped by the church and did a few chores, mostly relating to leading the children’s worship time on Sunday.  Copied some coloring pages.
  5. Did recycling and composting and some yard clean up.
  6. Assembled a new footstool from Wal-Mart.   Thirty second chore.
  7. Went through a bunch of paperwork and was able to recycle a bunch of stuff Again, a very satisfactory experience, and it’s nice to be able to walk away from a shelf that looks much neater.
  8. Played some Lego Batman on the Wii.
  9. What?  I happen to like Lego Batman.  I never claimed to have grown up.
  10. Played cards with my wife.
  11. Had a good conversation with my daughter.
  12. Did a little writing and Facebooking and emailing, and this post.
  13. Reset a bunch of clocks and my watch.  Daylight savings time starts tomorrow.  Whee!  (Yesterday by the time you read this.)
  14. Fed the cat.
  15. Had my daughter’s chinchilla run its exercise ball over my foot.  That was kind of weird.
  16. Bought milk at the grocery store and was able to get a lot of empty cardboard boxes for our church’s food pantry at the same time.  Serendipitous.
  17. Knocked on the neighbor’s door to check on him, but he wasn’t home.  Poor fellow.  Elderly man whose wife quite recently passed away.  I think he might be staying with his family for the weekend, which is nice.  I’ll try him again later.
  18. Took a shower, ate, various other odds and ends.  Nothing else substantive comes to mind.

Hope all’s well out there, friends, and God bless.

Sunday School Antics

I was filling in for a children’s Sunday School class.  The regular teacher is taking a cruise and completely neglected to invite me.

The lesson was on Jesus and His healing miracles and on how we should show His love for others.  We eventually got to it.

First we apparently had to talk about movies.  Then Adam was flipping a coin, and he dropped it and I thanked him for bringing me a coin.  He protested that it was his lucky coin, and I told him okay, but put it back in his lucky pocket.  He grinned and complied.

Then Mark was on the floor on his back because he said he was a turtle and he couldn’t get up.  I flipped him over and said “okay, shell-boy, get in your seat.”  And he did.

Some other shenanigans, but we got to the lesson.  And then they answered the review questions correctly and had some very sweet and insightful comments on being loved and showing love.  So, you know, no big deal with the antics, because they’re learning something.

I love kids’ Sunday School.

Hope all’s well out there, friends, and God bless.

Nice Guys. With Jumper Cables

Sorry this post is a little late.  Things have been complicated, but I really COULD have gotten it together in time.

Anyway, let me tell you about finding nice guys.  With jumper cables.

I was picking up my daughter from work, and the scheduling and errands were such that it flowed better to get there a little early and read a book for awhile to wait for her.  Unfortunately it was an overcast day, and I’d turned my headlights on.

And then turned the car off.  And sat and read a book for twenty minutes.  With the headlights on.

Long story short, the car wouldn’t start, because the headlights had drained the battery.  So I found a nice guy.  Who didn’t have jumper cables.  And then a nice lady.  Who didn’t have jumper cables.  And then some nice guys.  Who DID have jumper cables.

Yay!  And so the day was saved.

Hopefully I’ll remember to turn off the headlights next time around.  Or at least remember to keep my jumper cables in the car.

Hope all’s well out there, friends, and God bless.