Friday, September 16, 2011


I heart my ESL students. I think they'd heart me more if I didn't have a runny nose. Gonna be resting up this weekend... excited to meet a real-live music therapist on Monday.

Currently reading: Pretty much any catalog that describes autumn scents or the wonder of flannel sheets.

Adding to the grocery list: apple cider

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sunday Best Season Finale

I'm in the process of learning -- slowly, with much difficulty-- how to exist in the midst of pain and suffering without taking it on.

Pandora is my music therapist. Currently listening to: The Hold Steady

Currently reading: Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult; a biography of St. Patrick of Ireland

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Labor Day

I've had a great week! I think I've left my house every day for the past 10 days in a row. Woo-hoo! I can make appointments and keep them. Oh, it feels good to say that. My sister was kind enough to pass along her cold to me, though, so I better knock on wood if I want to keep my streak going.

ESL is awesome. There are about 13 students in the class, age 23-65? and from three continents. I thought I'd be only observing, but now I am an "assistant"... I got to write on the board and everything! I love language. I love students! They work so hard to understand and be understood. The hardest thing for me is idioms, when to explain them or avoid them. Our teacher said, "You're keeping me on my toes." That led to a whole can of worms. Ha, I'm full of stories now. I want to employ some vocal warm-ups in the class at some point. It could really help develop the students' sh-, ch-, th-, f-, v-, l-, and r- sounds.

Hehe. I am a dork. :-)

I'm so thankful for everyone who's been giving my family oodles of support. Have a great long weekend!

Currently reading: Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen; a book of quotes by African-Amercians

Recommended movie: A Family Thing (James Earl Jones, I'll watch that guy any time.)