Saturday, July 20, 2013
I continue to have a VERY busy schedule at the language school and not much time for anything else, it seems, but the three D's - dinner, dishes and duds. I've spending too much time on the internet, though, now that I'm able to watch videos on my new speedier laptop. That needs to change.
Update on the update in my last post:
The English class turned out to be super stressful, like no other group I've ever taught. Two of the three women decided they couldn't get along. I won't dwell on the issues, but let's just say my background in intercultural relationships and my classroom management skills were put to the test. I also had private conferences with each of the women (not usually part of my job description), offered my support and tried to encourage both of the discordant ones to forgive and move on so that they could all benefit from the course instead of turning it into a negative experience. It continued to be tense, but there were no more outbursts after the talks.
The new group, also culturally diverse, is a piece of cake in contrast. I notice I'm sleeping better since the feuding ladies are no longer in my life!
It took until yesterday to finalize the sale of Dad's car, but am really glad that's done and that I no longer have to pay the insurance bill for a car that I'm not driving. So grateful for the help I had from stateside friends through the process.
On the down side, I am 99% sure that I have plantar fasciitis so there will be no running for awhile. Since I no longer have a car here, I've been walking a lot and have developed serious pain in my right foot. Am taking all the recommended steps and will be going to the doctor on Monday.
This means finding alternative ways to exercise. I still have to do a lot of walking, but need to kick things up a notch cardio-wise to get back to weight loss mode. Swimming pools are too far away for regular visits. My bike needs repairing, but that looks like it might be the best way to go so will move that closer to the top of the To Do list.
Hope you are all enjoying the weekend, too!
Saturday, June 08, 2013
If you're trying to keep track, I've been back and forth to the States since my last blog. While in Florida, I was able to get the condo pretty much emptied. That was physically and emotionally very difficult but I had help from some wonderful friends. Now I'm "home" and getting back into some kind of routine. It helps that the sun is shining - after the darkest winter in Germany in 50 years, according to the people who like to calculate such things. The jet lag is just about done and I'm almost recovered from the nasty case of bronchitis I picked up on my short visit last month.
With tornadoes in OK, and major flooding in other parts of Germany, I've been watching the news with thanksgiving for being spared such disaster! I'm praying for those of you who've been affected.
Some good things going on:
- Dad's car has been sold! It's an answer to prayer that I got enough to pay off the loan. It's also going to a good home - the daughter of a friend. We did the long-distance negotiating in PMs on Facebook. That's gotta be a first!
- My neighbors here gave me a TV. I got rid of mine last summer and wasn't really planning on getting a new one, but it was such a nice gesture. They have also offered to take me to the grocery store since I don't have a car here anymore.
- I have good hours at the language school for the next 5 weeks which will help get the finances stabilized a bit. I started teaching this 6-week course on Monday. The participants are three women who are unemployed and need English to prepare for their job searches. All three are very motivated and work well together so far. It's always important to be encouraging as a teacher, but in such situations even more so.
No big plans for the rest of the day - a little housework, laundry, a walk, maybe finally finish unpacking? I also started on the windows that haven't been washed in a year. I do a room a week. And I'm going to try a new salad recipe from Oh She Glows.
Happy Weekend, everyone, and thank you for all your comments, prayers and good thoughts!
Friday, May 17, 2013
Yesterday, I was feeling pretty clear-headed and in control. Today, I've been feeling more emotional and helpless. I woke up feeling like a cold was coming on. I do NOT need a cold right now!
So, I'm taking massive doses of C, drinking a lot of fluids and trying to stay warm even though it's quite chilly here in Germany today. I don't feel any worse, so that's good. Maybe a good night's rest will do it.
I've made some progress on some of the items on my lists of lists, but not as much as I had hoped. Yes, I need to cut myself some slack. Grace, I think God calls it! :)
Then again, I have to get on a plane again in about 36 hours!
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Just thought I'd share this quote from Christian writer Francis Frangipane:
"We’ve heard, and even valued the counsel, “Leave it in the past.” It is advice that promises we can unburden our minds of grievous pain or loss. Yet, “Where is the past that I might leave my sorrows there? Is the past in some ethereal realm?” The truth is, we cannot leave the past, for the past is in us; it is in our mind and heart. It is often a place of torment, where “specters [haunt] the scene of past transgressions” (Prov 9:18 Amp). Yet our souls can be renewed. The issues of the past can be brought to Christ. Even now, if we will be honest, all issues from our past can be forgiven and redeemed."
This really spoke to me when I read it yesterday. Will share a bit more about why in a future blog, but wanted to at least peek in today and wish all my Spark buddies a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year 2013.
And yes, I had a good eating day today...have been within all my ranges. Now I need to go to bed so I won't snack - but it's only 7 PM?!
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