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day sixty two

11 Oct

1. new job

i’ve got a new class coming up and it’s pretty “official”. it’s working on the bayerwerk chempark (where my husband works) and it’s an upper-intermediate business class, which should be fun. and i should learn a lot from it because i have to be more “official” about my teaching, which i think should be good.

and the company seems really good and they offer advanced education courses where i can learn some more about teaching.

2. package from my mom

i love getting packages, especially when they’re full of stuff i need: books and photos and most important: cornnuts.

3. subway

i don’t know what my problem is, but i love subway here. back home, i couldn’t care less about it, but here (both in spain and in germany), i’m obsessed with it.



day forty two

21 Sep

1. big warm sweaters

today is cold. i don’t know what happened to me last night, but i got a bit sick or something. suddenly, my stomach really was hurting and i was up late feeling sick and then it led to me being absolutely freezing. i was lying under two blankets, shivering. and all day today, i’ve been really cold. but i have this lovely warm sweater that my mom bought me from rei for christmas last year (because i went to england and it was cold). it definitely made me feel better.

2. subway

yeah, i know. i’m grateful for food again. i’ve probably even put subway before. to be honest, i’ve been feeling a bit down and blah all day, so i’m having trouble finding things i’m grateful for. i do love subway though (especially when i’m feeling blah). which is weird, because i don’t really ever remember liking it back home in the us.

3. my class was canceled today

i shouldn’t be grateful because i need the work. but i really wasn’t feeling it today. in fact, i’m not really feeling it tomorrow morning, but at least i’ve already taught that class before. first classes are difficult when you’re not feeling up to putting out the energy. so, while i need the money and might regret it later, i’m really glad that the class was canceled and i could just sit and knit and watch iron chef.

day forty

19 Sep

i’m EXHAUSTED so i’m going to be very brief.

1. raincoat

my mom finally sent me her raincoat (i mean, seriously, who needs a raincoat in san diego??) and of course, the day i got it was the first sunny day in like, ever. and then the next day was sunny. and the next. and then i realized that maybe she should send me a raincoat or an umbrella or something all the time to keep it from raining. but, of course, the rain came back – but this time, i was prepared! i had a raincoat. and i wore it today and yes, it kept me warm and dry. and i’m very happy. thank you, mommy, for my raincoat.

2. great class

today i had one okay class and two fantastic classes – i enjoyed the day, my students even told me afterward that they enjoyed it and i felt really good about working again. i felt like a good teacher today.

3. wedding photos

i picked up our wedding prints and book that our photographer made today! i’m so happy to have them and now i get to go frame shopping tomorrow. yay! 🙂

**edit: i’m also grateful that no one noticed that i spelled forty incorrectly initially. it’s quite embarrassing. my only excuse is that i haven’t been sleeping well, which is, frankly, not a very good one.

day thirty three

12 Sep

1. a happy moment, thanks in part to the postal service

i was walking out of the main train station, dom hauptbahnhof, on my way to work and in a pretty fine mood. it was a completely blustery day and aside from the fact that i was wearing lip gloss that was way too sticky for such a windy day (my hair kept getting stuck on my mouth), i was really enjoying it. it was warm and sunny and the wind was just so strong, it really was impressive. and just as i’m coming out of the station and the gorgeous dom cathedral comes into view (seriously one of the best cathedrals i’ve ever seen), this song comes onto my ipod and i’m looking up at the cathedral as a flock of birds fly straight across my view, curl back up and around and it almost looks like they are dancing to the song and the sunlight was glinted of the already-repaired and shiny bits of the façade and all i could do was smile. gorgeous day, gorgeous life. i’m grateful.

2. i didn’t cry or have a panic attack in class

so today was my first day of work and i was actually less nervous than i thought, which was fantastic. leading up to the class, i was still feeling that kind of anxious, panicky feeling about everything else but teaching. i don’t know why my brain does that. just when i need to focus on one thing, it panics and brings up everything else i need to do in my life. but, i successfully pushed that aside and planned my lessons.

in class, of course, everything came naturally. i had a couple of moments where it seemed like the conversation wasn’t flowing and i had to awkwardly force certain expressions and what not. but, i guess that’s normal. all in all, i’d say it went rather well. and, like i said, i didn’t cry or have a panic attack. so, excellent in my book.

3. back on the couch to 5k

i am completely recommitted and started off well today. to be honest, i felt horrible during the running portion. i don’t think i’ve ever moved so slow in my life and my whole body was screaming at me: what the hell do you think you’re doing to me?? but, i persevered and in the end, of course, i felt great.

i’m looking forward to pilates tomorrow and then my next run on wednesday. i’ve got to get out of week three! i’ve been stuck here for about a month now, and i just don’t move on to week four because i’ve only done two days of week three. so, this week, i will not fail. three full days of week three and next week, week four.