i forgot to say in my last post that i was chatting in german with a few native speakers at my conference at georgetown over the weekend, and one of them asked me where i was from, and she was shocked that i wasn’t a native speaker. after, like, a lengthy conversation in german. HUGE ego boost. still occasionally floating from it, even though MA exam prep + homework + teaching + coping with life is right now making it so i can hardly string together sentences. i am sometimes competent in my language, yay.
and last week it snowed, big fat fluffy flakes sticking on the grass, which would’ve been thrilling and white christmas-y in november or december, but in mid-march, it’s annoying. luckily, a certain special someone braved the columbus drivers (who turn of their brains at the first sign of moisture, possibly for fear of short-circuiting) to come pick me up from school. tonight and all day tomorrow, we’re supposed to get blustersome bad thunderstorms. april showers bring may mugginess; welcome to ohio!
april, though! 9 more weeks of
winter school. a box from h’s parents, a box from my parents (my mom goes into hallmark to buy me a birthday card and inevitably emerges with beanie babies that were just too cute for her to pass up), and a card from the lovely miss a all arrived the morning of my birthday! and i was sung to over the phone more than once, though never well. and we made pizza for supper, and in some distant eventuality, i will make myself a cake. meanwhile, extensive (3 times in 2 weeks) eating of frozen yogurt.
i met with some of my fellow MA-examinees on friday to go over practice questions, and i was by far the most prepared of those present, and found myself able to answer the questions pretty easily, despite the fact that german literature pre-1700 (actually, pre-1950 or so) isn’t really my bag, baby. so that was also a boost in the direction of i know i can pass these exams, it’s just a question of to what quality, at this point. and it will be okay.
i just reread “i am a little church”, and it was lovely and brought tears to my eyes, as always.