I’ve been hoping and praying that May would just come and go all month… and probably because I wanted it to go by and finish it took foooooooooooorever to finish. Here I stand. May 28, with two more days of work standing between me and the best summer ever part deux. And let me just say, I. CAN’T. WAIT.
I’m going to start the month off right by picking up my best friend and travel companion at the airport on the 1st. It took me 3 years but I finally convinced her she had to visit. We are going to soak up everything Europe has to offer us. Planned and unplanned. Two short, glorious European vacation days later my Aunt and Uncle are going to roll in to SCQ after driving 3 or 4 days from Amsterdam.
Can you see why I’m excited?
I get to share this place with some of the most important people in my life. We are going to spend the weekend drinking Galician wine, eating Galician food and seeing Galician sights.
Can life get any better?
Awesomely, the answer is yes.
After saying goodbye to P and N. Amanda and I are headed to the south of Spain to soak up flamenco dancing, paella, tapas, bull fighting and Andalusian men. Then…wait, it gets better…we jet off to Rome. (I know it seems like I’m just making this shit up now).
We are spending a night in Rome and then heading to the Amalfi Coast where I plan on doing nothing more than relaxing. Then back to Rome, fully relaxed, to take in the sights and a Italian cooking class with our gorgeous instructor (http://www.cookingclassesinrome.com/thechef.htm). Sigh.Then, quick! Back to Madrid to wrap up an amazing trip and enjoy some art culture. Then sadly…June is almost over and Amanda has to go home…
and folks, that’s just JUNE. I have 3 more months to make it the best summer ever. And those glorious 3 months include Bilbao, Chicago, Wisconsin, Boston, Maine, another best friends wedding and many surprises I’m sure.
What are you all doing for your summer? Share please!
So on Monday I was having a big case of the…well…’Mondays’. Trudging through my day like it was the worst day ever. My umbrella glued to my hand because it was one of those days that if you left it at the door of the cafe or school someone would steal it. My students were feeling defiant and full of energy from the weekend. How do they do it? I’m not sure. But I’m pretty sure its something children have developed and adapted through evolution. It’s there way to survive the school year and get to summer. My survival technique? Worksheets!
Teaching English in Spain is rather fun and I don’t really give out worksheets in the majority of my classes. My ‘kids’ learn mostly from playing, speaking and from me reading and talking to them. I have this ENORMOUS class of eighteen 3 and 4 year olds and these kids are like sponges and they learn so fast. They even pick up things I didn’t mean for them to learn like ‘jeeze!’ and ‘oops!’ and ‘yeah, right’ and ‘I SWEAR!’ They are really a clever bunch.
I know it seems like this story got side tracked but I’m getting there. I swear!
So these same kids have learned to say ‘I don’t like -insert object, fruit, sport, color here-’ and ‘I like -insert object, fruit, sport, color here-‘.
So here I am, in the middle of my terrible Monday and the kids look at me like ‘I wonder what we can do to really make her go crazy?’ And they started climbing on the tables and standing on the chairs and I said ‘sit down!’ Most of them did, but my sweet little Dario decided he was going to be the one to stand on the table. And I said ‘DARIO, SIT down!’ and Dario looks at me like, what can I say to her? and he says ‘I DON’T LIKE TEACHER’.
And my case of the Mondays disappeared. My babies are learning! It’s paying off… even if they are using their English to talk back to me.
"Probably 9 out of 10 parents posted their child’s full name, and exact date and time of birth while they were still in the hospital after delivery. We post pictures of our kids and tag them and their friends, siblings, and other relatives. This kind of information could be used by predators to lure your child. They could use your child’s name and the names of their relatives and friends to build trust and convince them that they are not really a stranger because they know detailed information that allows them to build a rapport with your child.
If you must post pictures of your children then you should at least remove personally identifying information such as their full names and birth dates. Untag them in pictures. Your real friends know their names anyway.”
that and it’s annoying… you have a baby and loose all self identity … lame