My challenge was to work on a Spanish lesson each day, and i have done that. Using Duolingo, i've relearned some vocabulary and i hope it all sticks this time.
No, i still can't speak much, or read as much as i'd like, and i especially have trouble if it is spoken too fast. That's okay. If i continue all my life to get a bit better at it, then at least i've tried.
The plan is to continue with Duolingo and the cassette tape lessons i have (yes, i even have an old tape player that still works) as long as the tapes last. There's a flash card program online where you can make your own, and when i have time, i want to make cards, they always help me.
Right now i do want to thank Rory for the November challenge that kept me at it. Without that, i might have decided to quit again. Because i've put it out there that i am committed to continuing, i will feel terrible if i stop, so i won't.
In other news, Little Girl is getting bored. She is job hunting, and while there are several possibilities, every one takes time to put a hire through and she wants to be working yesterday. Her plan is to move out as soon as she can, and i know it's because she feels she wants to be self supporting as quickly as possible.
Grandpa wants to get her a vehicle, and she is insistent that she will pay for as much of it as she can herself. No one has to light a fire under her.
The Happy Couple (#2 Son and Daughter-in-Law Becky) are also talking about moving out. My understanding was they wanted to stay here long enough to save up a downpayment on a small piece of land with a mobile home, but i think they are antsy to be on their own.
Bigger Girl, considering all the educational challenges she's had to overcome, knows she's welcome to live at home as long as she needs to in order to get through school.
#1 Son likes his separate "apartment" at the back end of the house, and i like that he stays there. No trouble with having room mates who don't pay their share of the rent!
It's better that they not all move out at once, i think it would be too big a shock to my system.
Dita e Clirimit -- Albania (Liberation Day)
Electronic Greetings Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays
Fairy Flute Fantasy -- Fairy Calendar
Festival of Saturnia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (for the Sons of Saturn; Jupiter, Neptune, and Pluto)
Giving Tuesday -- after celebrating Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, be part of the international giving movement
International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People -- UN
National Chocolates Day -- yes, another one
National Lemon Creme Pie Day
National Unity Day -- Vanuatu
Strange Names Day -- in honor of all the celebrity -- and other -- kids with "unique" names; sponsored the last Tuesday in November by Marlar in the Morning at 101QFL in Rockford, IL, US
St. Andrew's Eve -- in many traditions, a night to fortell the future, especially whom you will marry
St. Saturnius of Toulouse's Day (Patron of Toulouse, France)
Square Dance Day -- internet generated, and fun to do, but here's some information about square dancing
William Tubman's Birthday -- Liberia (it's longest serving President)
Erwin Rommel marries Lucie "Lu" Mollin, 1916
Jon Knight, 1968
Don Cheadle, 1964
Andrew McCarthy, 1962
Kim Delaney, 1961
Cathy Moriarty, 1960
Jeff Fahey, 1956
Howie Mandel, 1955
Joel Coen, 1954
Garry Shandling, 1949
Petra Kelly, 1947
Chuck Mangione, 1940
Peter Bergman, 1939
John Mayall, 1933
Jacques Rene Chirac, 1932
Diane Ladd, 1932
Vin Scully, 1927
Madeline L'Engle, 1918
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., 1908
C.S. Lewis, 1898
Busby Berkeley, 1895
Nellie Tayloe Ross, 1876
Louisa May Alcott, 1832
Wendell Phillips, 1811
Christian Doppler, 1803
Charles Thomson, 1729
"I Want to Hold Your Hand"(Beatles single release), 1963
"Bells Are Ringing"(Musical), 1956
"Kukla, Fran, and Ollie"(TV), 1948
"Gay Divorce"(Musical), 1932
Today in History:
Jews of Augsburg, Germany, are massacred, 1349 (Sometimes, it seems, the more things change...)
King Philip II devalues Spanish currency, 1596 (See above...)
Sir James Jay invents invisible ink, 1775
San Jose, California, is founded as el Pueblo de San JosÈ de Guadalupe, 1777
Dessalines & Christophe declare St Domingue (Haiti) independent, 1803
First Italian opera in US, "Barber of Seville" premieres (NYC), 1825
Thomas Edison demonstrates hand-cranked phonograph, 1877
The first motorcycle race ever is held in Surrey, England; the distance was one mile and the winner was Charles Jarrot in a time of 2 minutes, 8 seconds, 1897
The first US patent for inventing the traffic lights system is issued to Ernest Sirrine. 1910
Fire destroys most of the buildings on Santa Catalina Island, California, 1915
Howard Carter opens the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun to the public, 1922
Richard Byrd becomes the first person to fly over the South Pole, 1929
The first surgery (on a human) to correct blue baby syndrome is performed by Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas, 1944
The United Nations General Assembly votes to partition Palestine, 1947
Mercury-Atlas 5 Mission ñ Enos, a chimpanzee, is launched into space, orbits earth twice, and is successfully recovered after splashdown, 1961
Canadian Space Agency launches the satellite Alouette 2, 1965
Nolan Bushnell (co-founder of Atari) releases Pong (the first commercially successful video game) in Andy Cappís Tavern in Sunnyvale, California, 1972
The United Nations General Assembly passes a resolution stating that Soviet Union forces should withdraw from Afghanistan, 1983
The Czechoslovakian Parliament votes to end Communist rule, 1989
The United Nations Security Council passes two resolutions to restore international peace and security if Iraq did not withdraw its forces from Kuwait and free all foreign hostages by the following January 15, 1990
A 7.4 magnitude earthquake occurs off the northern coast of Martinique, 2007
Pablo Picasso's electrician reveals 271 previously unknown works he claims were gifts from the artist, 2010
NASA announces its space probe MESSENGER has almost certainly found water ice buried beneath the surface of the north pole of Mercury, 2012