As we head into the end of the year, here’s a countdown, feel free to use the same topics and add your own list of things.
AND This is apparently my 200th post! Wow 🙂 cool
AND This is apparently my 200th post! Wow 🙂 cool
SO I’ve been finding myself blocked again as to what to write about. I want to keep doing the Taiwan posts -but because I think I’m supposed to, and that very fact is stopping me.
I’m finding myself yet again, caught up in the idea that have to write this thing or that thing in order for it to be ok to put up.
Here I am in the fear zone again….. dah dah dahhhhh
Then this morning, as I was laying out in the sun, enjoying the beautiful weather, and reading yet another wonderful book my mama recommended, I happened to notice a thought.
This blog is called “My life in words“. It’s the story of my life. It’s not just the story of my travels, or the story of my family, or the story of the wonderful food I find as I roam around. It’s the whole of my life put into words on a page online. And my life has SOOOOO many different aspects to it.
It doesn’t have to conform to any one thing, just as I don’t.
As I pondered this and let it roll around a while, I let myself listen to music, continue to read, feel the little ants crawling on my feet, notice the breeze sending my hair all over, and talked to a fly or two.
I came up with the idea of what I want to write today: a letter to my future friends.
Dear Future Friends,
I am so excited with anticipation to meet you! Whoever you are, I willingly offer anything I have to help you find your joy. I don’t hold back, I will be your friend completely and without reservation from the first smile. I will instantly love you and trust you. The longer we are friends the more deeply I will feel that way.
Please tell me your stories. I want to hear about who you are. I have many stories, good and bad. I am the compilation of my success through those stories. I know our stories are not what define us; rather the way we choose to respond and grow is what shapes who we are. You are who you are today, not who you were yesterday, as am I. I will only see who you are at the time I meet you. I will have no preconceived ideas about you. Feel free to present yourself as you are, I surely will.
Please tell me your hopes. I want to hear about the things that make you happy and keep you striving. I know that the more we talk about the things we want to do, see, and try, the easier it is to obtain them. I already want you to make your hopes into realities. Trust that I will do anything I can to help you achieve them.
Please share experiences with me. I want to make memories with you. Reminiscing experiences is one of my favorite things to do; second only to experiencing. Silly, serious, ridiculous, poignant, small, large, usual, new, or trippy, it doesn’t matter. Let’s experience life together.
Please teach me. Teach me language. Teach me craft. Teach me a game. Teach me a new way to see things. I don’t care, but teach me, I love to learn.
Please help me grow. We all need help. I will help you too.
I am quirky, silly, grounded, caring, daring, a combination of quiet and energetic, goal-oriented, and sometimes funny, sometimes serious. I like to laugh. Let’s laugh together.
A writing assignment I was given at La Cosecha Dual Language Convention.
The first part is in bold and we were to complete the sentence.
I hear –
I feel –
I pretend –
I rejoice –
I suffer –
I wish –
I imagine –
I dream –
I say –
I believe –
I am –
Write this down and complete it before you read my entry 🙂 Then post yours.
This was my entry.
I hear – the soft sound of my children catching their breath as I pause before turning the page.
I feel – safe and warm with my brood snuggled all around me.
I pretend – I may not turn the page; maybe it’s time for goodnight.
I rejoice – as I see their interest and hear them ask for more.
I suffer – when I think how much I wished I had time like this with my mother.
I wish – that each of my children can feel this way one day.
I imagine – being part of the pile as a grandmother; and smile
I dream – great big colorful happy dreams
I say – let’s stay up and read another chapter.
I believe – hot cocoa and gingerbread cookies will make the next chapter even better.
I am – surrounded by love. I am content.
Now its YOUR turn!
Rewrite the bolded phrases and post yours 🙂
I am now part of the Blog Expat community. I decided to go back and look at some of my past blogs to see what the whole world may read rather than just my family and friends. I found some funny stuff, some favorite posts, and did some reminiscing.
The first sentence in my first blog post clearly demonstrates how little I knew about what I was beginning.
Jan ’09 This is the beginning, as of today I am fully monolingual, by the end of the year I will be bilingual.
I’ve learned so much and so little since then! I am NOT bilingual in anything. I haven’t even gotten to a point of knowing enough of the Spanish, Czech, or Mandarin that I have needed to use, to actually communicate a thought with anyone. I can repeat phrases, but I am afraid that if I say “Ni how ma?” to someone here, they will expect me to know more and start trying to have a conversation in which I will be able to answer with only the other phrases I know, “I’m full”, or “I’m hungry”.
I have a long way to go.
Or there’s this little tidbit
24Jan’09 It’s getting easier. So there I am, listening to “Exercises on minimal stress contrast” or something, when I pick up my son from school. -Now, here I should mention that my CD player is permanently stuck in random mode. For the life of me I cannot listen to any CD from track 1 to track 2 to track 3 and so on. I get track 7, then track 43, then track 2, then track 14. This is *slightly* frustrating. Enter my son, the CD is saying pronunciation drills in complete sentences. (these are the drills I especially get stuck on because I haven’t learned all the tracks up to this point, at this point we’re on like track 42 and I just finished my third round of track 6 because random sometimes mean repeat)
Remember that I do not have any written words, I’m in my car, I don’t know these words yet, and I hear,(I don’t know how to put the accents in, sorry) “Donde esta la Embajada Americana, ahi a la izquierda, perdon come dice usted, deme la pluma” Right now I can write what I was hearing then because I have the book in front of me and I can look it up, but I didn’t then and each sentence rolled together like one long word.
I need to give tremendous kudos to the instruction I received at TEFL Worldwide Prague. With the actual grammar I learned during this class, (not what I thought was grammar before this class), I have had a much easier time understanding how to begin learning Mandarin while I am here in Taiwan. I am not sure if I’ll take actual classes, but I have been able to learn more Mandarin in my almost 2 weeks here, than I learned of Czech in my month in Prague. I honestly wish I could go take the class again. I would be able to concentrate more completely on the how. And, I miss the beauty of that city. Taiwan has it’s own beauty, but Prague’s beauty is unmatchable.
I will always like my Are Mommies Super Heroes? post. Try to hear the words in your mind as you read it….
27May’11 No Spanish for 2 weeks now, but it has been nice to have sporadic Spanish conversations with David and Thane at home. Granted they are the kind of conversations that the average 2-year-old Puerto Rican would feel was childish, but still… we are trying to use it and that counts. The other day my phone battery died and I said, “ahhh mi celular es muerto” ( which I’m not sure is exactly correct), and David says, “like battery dead or like no es bueno?” to which I replied, “umm, either way, no es bueno…. but, just the battery”.
And then a few others:
24Aug’12 Is an incomplete list of the many things I’ve been taught by friends.
19Sept’12 My life as an expat is beginning
01Nov’12 Day two of being in Taiwan.
Let me know what your favorites are 🙂
The amount of crazy that happens at this house is decidedly in proportion to how long it takes to make dinner. The longer it takes, the more time we are all together. The more time we are together the crazier the conversations and the more likely we are to spit liquids that were supposed to be drunk, while trying to remember how to breathe.
We end up laughing the kind of laugh where you are holding your abs and your face at the same time and while trying to control the laughing you intermittently say, “oh” …. “stop” ….. “stop looking at me” ….. “oh no” …. “aaah” …… “seriously, look the other way” … “ok, ok, I’m fine” …. while trying to catch your breath and then start laughing uncontrollably again and head for the bathroom.
It helps when the teenagers in the house are hilarious. I miss having all three of them but I looooove the fact that I can still have random silly conversations via facebook, Skype, and the phone with the other two.
I sent out a few requests for letters of recommendation from my professors a month or so ago. I am in awe with the responses I have received. My times at UNM were chock full of trials. I thought I was being a PitA to my professors as I called, emailed, and otherwise harassed them for help as I tried to work through parenting teenagers, a couple moves, an incredible schedule, and a ridiculous sense of perfectionism that I wouldn’t wish on any one. Apparently I wasn’t too much of a pain because I think they may be in a competition to write the best letters. I am not at all sure how I deserve such incredible praise but I am truly thankful. I hope to live up to the expectations.
I sold the motorcycle, I’m having another garage sale tomorrow. I’ve got a few more pictures out there on the market. Now that I know I can eat while I’m in Prague, it’s time to start savings funds for moving to wherever I get to move!
Some countries on the list of where I will happily teach (in alphabetical order):
This is not an exhaustive list by any means.
Though I missed David’s open house at PAPA, it was only because a wonderful couple, D and J, had me and Jamie over for a farewell dinner for me. It was so lovely. Thankfully I know the PAPA campus, trust his teachers, and love his principal and her administration. I know he is in good hands.
When we first walked in we saw a wooden drying rack on the counter where J had put freshly made pasta to dry.
They put out all the best silver and china and treated me to a spectacular homemade dinner.
First, we had hors d’oeuvres; enormous sweet green grapes, salted roasted nuts, nutty spicy crackers (cheese on the side) and margaritas in beautiful crystal goblets.
After visiting for a while, we were served an incredible dinner of green chile fettuccine with shrimp. The pasta was made that morning using green chile puree. Though there were a couple bites that bit back, it was a delightful dish. The shrimp was done to perfection and there was a black eyed pea salad served alongside. It was scrumptious with red bell peppers, green bell peppers, scallions, and a hint of something smoky.
And then, even after I was so full I thought I was going to pop, we had an apple dessert that should be sold in some fine restaurant somewhere. I love to cook and think of myself as a pretty good cook, and I am jealous of J’s cooking skills. GREAT, perfect, fantastic dinner. Thank you both!
Today I am at school again. I love being around learning environments. I’ve got yet another school’s population calling me Ms. McKahsum! It’s so awesome! I really may legally change my name to McKahsum someday, it’s seriously too much fun.
I found a few quotes I had saved from years past. They seem to be as relevant now as they were then.
We are born charming, fresh, and spontaneous and must be civilized before we are fit to participate in society. Judith Martin
If we don’t change direction soon, we’ll end up where we’re headed.
The true traveler is he who goes on foot, and even then, he sits down a lot of the time. Colette from Paris from my window 1944
You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was. Irish Proverb
I don’t confuse greatness with perfection. To be great anyhow is the higher achievement. Louis McMaster Bujold
If you would thoroughly know something, teach it to others. Tryon Edwards
To do anything in this world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in, and scramble through as well as you can. Sydney Smith
Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way. This happens to us all the time with computers and nobody thinks of complaining. Jef Raskin
I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way. Carl Sandberg
The problem with any unwritten law is that you don’t know where to go to erase it. Glaserand Way
It is impossible to imagine Goeth or Beethoven being good at billiards or golf. H.L. Mencken
Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from good judgement. Barry LePatner
I’ve always thought that a big laugh is a really loud noise from the soul saying, “Ain’t that the truth!”? Quincy Jones
Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value. Albert Einstein
Treat all disasters as if they were trivialities but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster. Quentin Crisp
Two paradoxes are better than one; they may even suggest a solution. Edward Teller
Anyone can do any amount of work – provided it isn’t the work he is supposed to be doing at the moment. Robert Benchley
If the phone doesn’t ring, it’s me. Jimmy Buffett
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