Time for Spanish!

I’m approximately 6% fluent in Spanish. Yeah, not nearly good enough. Last year I set a goal of learning basic conversational Spanish and I managed it. I love learning new stuff, but for some reason I find it difficult to learn languages.

In September my two beautiful little girls started Spanish school. Not even the teachers speak English, so I didn’t have a choice anymore but to use the little I know. And it has of course helped me learn more as well.

Over the past few months I’ve been trying to use the Duolingo app, only to find myself starting over and over again. Don’t get me wrong, this app is great! I just get bored. And quite frankly I have been way too busy to focus.

Since New Years my daughters homework has advanced. A bit too much for me! She has to read stories and answer questions about the text. I think it’s great, but I can’t keep up with my poor Spanish.

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So it’s time to make a change! My good friend Tabira is gonna join me in the process and we’re going all in. We have hired a tutor to come twice a week, so now we have no choice. We have to learn!

Today is our very first class and I have to say I’m excited. Tabira has a crazy schedule changing every week, and also from day to day. And don’t even let me get started on mine. It’s gonna be quite a puzzle to synchronize the times, but luckily she’s pretty much as stubborn as me.

So, any tips as to how to learn Spanish in a heartbeat?

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Day off?

The Spanish people love their holidays, and they got so many of them. To be honest I rarely even know what they’re about.

Recently we had one that was San Sebastián(?), at least that’s what I think. It was big celebrations around the island. Eventually I want my kids to be more engaged in all of this, but for now I’m trying to get used to it all.

Today is another holiday, not exactly sure why, but I think it was something about “virgo de candelaria”? I have no idea actually.

Anyway, it means a day off! At least for the kids. Sometimes I find it hard to entertain them on a day off. Especially when fever is involved and we can’t go anywhere.

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Amelia has been working on some of her designs, done activity books, tidied her room and finished her homework in all her languages; English, Norwegian and Spanish.

Emine has been coloring in her books, practiced her writing and played with her dolls. She hasn’t been well this week and is actually still in her pajamas. To be honest, I never got out of it either.

What do you do with your kids on the public holidays?

The public holidays means nothing to my deadlines, so I’m gonna spend most of what’s left of the day doing some online work. In the meantime the kids are having a Spanish lesson in disguise -Disney movies in Spanish.

I’m so lucky to be able to always be there for my kids and schedule all my work according to them. I’m always available, and that was always my dream before I had kids – to not be a parent that gets to see them only for a few hours of dinner and homework, exhausted after a long day at work. Don’t get me wrong, I’m always busy and often exhausted after the day, but I get to prioritize them. If you have that opportunity, take it!

 

 

 

No time to rest

I guess it’s time to blog again. I haven’t been very good at it lately. Life has just been a bit too stressful.

I love Christmas, New Years and the holidays. 2016 was a bit different. I never really got the proper Christmas feeling. Not all the people I wanted here was here and I worked all Christmas. Actually I didn’t even get to see the fireworks this time. How was your celebration?

I usually plan my work well, so I can take certain days off. But! About a month ago I had an accident and hurted my hand badly. Hurted hand means no chance for me to work. I couldn’t even move my finger. Bet all of you are wondering what happened now? Oh gosh, so embarrassing!

I guess there’s no secret that I’ve got a bit too much clothes. I have a full wall wardrobe with four big sliding doors. The problem with sliding doors is that if the wardrobe gets too full, the doors get stuck and jump out of their tracks.

So, early morning, stressing, just out of the shower while the kids are having breakfast. 30 minutes until we have to leave for school. I need clothes, but the door won’t move because it jumped out of track again. Angry and stressed I pushed it with all my power. It decided to jump back into its track faster than I planned and I smashed my hand between the door and the wall.

I’m sure I woke up the whole neighborhood. You think being in labor hurts? Hell no! I couldn’t stand on my feet, I screamed so loud that my daughter started crying as she never heard me yell that loud. I felt sick and somehow got to the bathroom. Putting my hand in cold water only seemed to make it worse.

25 minutes and several painkillers later with a double sized hand I managed to get my widest pants on and stand up. Luckily I have the most responsible 6 year old in this world, who finished lunch boxes, packed their bags and dressed herself and her sister.

Well, I got them to school and managed to pick up both them and takeaway that day, but that was all. The pain was unbearable. Luckily no bones were broken, just some liquid thing in two of my joints. Managed to get an inflammation on top too. So no work for two weeks. Sick leave doesn’t exist in my world – Not done yet? Get it done!

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I still struggle with my hand, but at least I’m able to work. Now I have a few more days working at home with my girls before school is back on. Happy New Year!

 

 

Reality knockout 

Everyone has rough days sometimes, obviously. Last week was spent in the hospital and yesterday it was back to work and school. I was excited about it, but in for a surprise.

Going back to reality knocked me out big  time! I feel horrible, I have no energy or motivation and just want to stay in bed.

I go in waves, and when I go down it goes quickly. By the time I finished my day at work I was so exhausted that I was wondering how to even get to my car. I couldn’t bare the thought of everything waiting at home. Walk the dog, get the kids, cook dinner, clean up, take my girls to dance class, get everyone ready for bed, walk the dog again, work on the blog, the list goes on.

I don’t have time to be sick. I can’t skip work. I can’t fail my kids. Nothing on my to do list is optional, it’s simply what I have to do.

So how to get through this alone?

*Plan the day! Plan breaks to catch your breath. A break will also give you a fresh start

*Treat yourself! If you have a tight schedule, tell yourself that “when this is done I will have a coffee break”. Or a chocolate, a cigarette or whatever motivates you


*Laugh! During a rough day it’s hard, but if you look closer you will find something funny

*Eat! Food helps with everything

*Motivate yourself! Tell yourself it’s temporary, and that tomorrow will be different

*Move! When I feel bad I don’t wanna leave the house or even the sofa. But I find that just a short walk and some fresh air gives me a boost

*Vitamins! It helps with sickness, energy, sleep and pretty much run your body. I wouldn’t survive without my chewing ones from The Sunshine Empire!


*Ask for help! No matter if I’m sick or just in a bad mood there is one thing that helps every time: To call my boyfriend! Some compassion and sympathy is miracle medicine

We all have different ways to get through hard times whether it’s physical or psychological. But we get through it one way or another.

I’m exhausted and I feel sick, and now I have just gotten my boost from my boyfriend, had a chocolate and are gonna treat myself with an hour of TV before bedtime. Then I’m gonna tell myself that tomorrow is a new day and it’s gonna be better than this one.