Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Random things.

1. I am impatiently waiting to use two phrases some day in my spoken English. Well, and I am waiting to remember to use them when I get the chance. Do you do this? My other big problem is that there are not that many people that I speak English with....anyway, they are these two phrases....
a description of a person as: a sucking chest wound of a human, and I also someday want to say that an idea: is getting traction. Or not getting traction. I would be happy either way.

2. Medical day today....a quick visit for Eldest at the hospital in BCN, (BIG THANK YOU to a friend here who drove me in...and what a lot of Catalan we spoke!) I also took Chuckster to the vet...he is not getting worse, but he is not getting better. Another 20 shots...it now takes both the man and I to do them; he doesn't like it.

3. I have discovered that my Catalan has gotten to where I largely understand the language if I just let it sort of flow over me and lap around inside my head, if I make the fatal mistake of trying to think about it, or remembering that I am listening to Catalan, I am T.O.A.S.T. as in, it is not gaining traction with me at all (!!!!!!) However what is even worse is when I realise that I have noticed it is Catalan, and I start trying to think about not thinking that it is Catalan. My future now holds two possibilities...either I will improve in Catalan, or the Dalai Lama will send me a certificate for thinking about not thinking...it has to be worth something on the route to Nirvana...sort of like the meditation where you have to describe the sound of one hand clapping (that would be a blessed silence as anyone with noisy children could tell you in the fraction of a nanosecond.)

4. I got on my witch broom today with some kids in a class I was substituting teaching...someone should have taken those boys around behind the barn or into the woodshed a few years ago. I threw a mere four kids out of my class. Rotten stinking brats...RUDE brats. Some day they will realise that not everyone loves them, indeed some people really really dislike them.

5. Eating strawberries....big beautiful strawberries straight off the stem...makes me burp outrageously and luxuriously....

6. In class today, a child - not one of the kids I threw out - thanked me for something. I said 'your welcome' which made her laugh and say, "but I'm already here!"

7. Chuckbacka can catch popcorn in the air!

8. And BEST!!!BEST BESTTTTTT!!!!




Lookee lookee lookee at the book that Nomad sent me! Is she not the BEST! It came in the mail today, and now that eldest is in bed, I may get to read some of it too! Have I mentioned recently how much I adore this woman? What a great gift to have come in the door. I am SO excited.

8 comments:

Michele said...

4. Someday one of them will realize that he is well on his way to becoming a sucking chest wound of a human being. :)

8. The book looks beautiful.

Beth said...

This has got to be your funniest post ever! (Well, except for the visit to the hospital and poor Chuck.)
If you would like to leave a comment on my blog calling me a sucking chest wound of a human, go right ahead. I will not be offended.
I'm going to remember that expression and try to use it myself.
Oh! I'm getting some traction as to who I could use it on!
Thanks for the laughs!

dawn said...

I can relate to the first one. There was something I was planning to say to a particular person, when the opportunity arose. It was funny and witty, but the opportunity didn't come up, and now I am tired and can't even think what it was. I hate when that happens.

Yay for Chuck, he got talent.

Yay for your new reading material.

Mar said...

The minute I think in which language I am speaking , my mind goes blank... it seems you are doing very well with your Catalan, felicitats!

The book seems terrific, I didn't know you paint! have a grand day, don't forget your umbrella...

Beth said...

my poor Chuck! Poor baby....

Rocky! You crack me up! "traction" and a chest wound?...wow. I gotta borrow that one!!

oreneta said...

Michele...honestly that would be great...though maybe a touch harsh...

Beth, thanks right back, your comment has made me laugh too!

Dawn, we've been working on the popcorn catching, he used to be hopeless, but this dog will do a lot for some food.

Mar, Moltes graciès....the kids stole my umbrella, it didn't rain too much. Did you remember yours?

Beth, I'm borrowing them too...another one I haven't managed to use is thermal whiplash...for those days, usually in the spring, when the weather suddenly goes from winter one day, to blazing summer, then there is a blizzard, and EVERYONE gets the flu. It is kind of sucky with Chuck, he seems better in himself, we have our fingers crossed.

elPadawan said...

3. Sometimes I speak or listen or understand without thinking... For a movie, for example, some time later I'll ask myself "did I see it in French or in English?" and I'm left in infinite wondering loops... :)

oreneta said...

elPadawan, wow, you're good, I am not at the level where I forget which language I am in, though I am starting to speak to people in the wrong one....