ah, tuesday. it's really cold today and now it's raining and I'm dreading my foray into the city tonight, seeing as it involves walking through the cold and the rain. Yesterday was so beautiful-- the sky was properly blue and it was cold, the lovely kind of new hampshire cold that I already miss. but today, as if to say 'heh-- as if you thought that weather would stick', it's cold and disgusting and I am debating crawling back into bed and sleeping until tomorrow.
tuesdays are kind of weird, actually. i only have one hour out of six in real german, and everything else is sort of a medley. we start out with a double hour of english, then we have geography. also in english. then maths and two hours of French.
english is pretty boring. we've been watching the same scene of Forrest Gump for about 3 weeks now, I'm pretty sure. Not that Forrest Gump isn't lovely, but (SPOILER ALERT) the scene where Bubba dies is only touching the first eight times. my english teacher doesn't like me to answer questions except for when she does and then she gets all pissy when I wasn't paying attention.
geography is pretty annoying. the teacher is really hard to understand and we spent today describing a leaf. which might have been nice, except it was all like "the leaf is fat and not wide. it is leathery." but then you get to hear the kids try to pronounce photosynthesis. It's cute.
math is normally a complete fail. but today, omg, i actually understood something! i was so pleased. synthetic division. who'd of thunk it? i mean, completely lost in everything else. but i thought i was going to cry, i was so pleased.
french is awkward. i tried to speak for the first time today and managed to get about three different languages in one sentence. i think this just shows how sweet and lovely my class is though, because one of the girls said "hush, let her try, it's hard when you're learning a new language" and everyone was quiet and let me make a bumbling fool of myself without feeling like an idiot. well, i felt like an idiot. but not because of them.
then i ride the bus home. we have a hot lunch and then dessert (sometimes... today was pudding. and ice cream. at the same time.) and then a nap. Then we have coffee and cake or cookies in the living room. I pretend to read the newspaper, (except now it's going beyond pretending-- sometimes I can understand entire articles!) and then work on homework. or blog. or whatever.
today is tuesday so just before five i leave for my german class. i'll come home late and then try to get ready for the chor-fahrt. i won't be back until friday or so, and then i will be baking. i have thanksgiving take two on saturday, and i've promised a pie.
oh, and college. the applications (minus final edits on two essays) are finished! i've already applied to stonybrook and albany (via suny), and now I'm just holding my breath for Macaulay and Cornell. We'll see.
my english is getting pretty bad already, so i'm starting to struggle with my english course work. I did my first switch into german because it was easier to explain thing yesterday, which is really disconcerting. i'm sort of melding between two languages, which is a really awkward sensation. my english is starting to disintegrate, all while i'm still pretty incapable of being normal in german.
so, without further ado:
Things I have begun to learn.
1. if my host mother explains that she is making a 'typical german lunch' it probably means that i am not going to enjoy it. i have also learned that i will eat it anyway.
2. when restaurants say "vegetarian", they most likely mean that they will have picked out the larger chunks of flesh and that I should probably watch where I stick my fork.
3. public transportation does have it's drawbacks. and it is not always on time.
4. answering the phone in germany is even scarier than answering it at sunbridge.
5. a word is not automatically incorrect if there are more than four consonants in a row. in fact, you're pretty safe as long as you keep it under six, I think. Applying these phonetic spellings to English is not culturally acceptable.
6. physics makes the same amount of sense whether or not I pay attention. It's highly more productive just to knit.
7. licorice is a comfort food. as are gummi bears. the candy here (including the chocolate, heavens!) is lovely.
8. math is not universal.
9. baking in ounces isn't as fun as baking with cups and spoons.
10. the true way to prove how exhausted I am is to look at my feet. When I'm running on empty, I've left the house in my house shoes, clogs with little flowers on them.
11. it's really nice to sometimes speak english.
12. subtitles are funny. they are more-often-than-not (in my experience) incorrect.
13. it's really helpful that you can just squish a whole lot of words together to make a big one in german. it's also helpful that you can sort of make up the word orders for sentences, which is good.
14. the weirdest things trigger homesickness.
15. i understand more than people think I do, and am starting to think about using it as an excuse.
16. i hate pants.
17. would like you to know that moving halfway around the world does not automatically make you better at sports.
18. bread is really good, and so is cheese. somedays that's all i eat. than and chocolate, of course. and it's doable. but it does make you a bit pudgier, I suppose.
19. somedays i understand things. others I don't. it's seemingly random and uncontrollable and sometimes quite entertaining. (i.e., but katie, you knew that yesterday!)
20. dreaming in german is disorienting and scary. i tend to have really graphic dreams (i.e., nightmares) in German-- about the night of broken glass and world war ii and everything. except it's my friends and family instead of victims and it's really unfortunate. i think my brain is tired and is spinning tales around itself.
that's all for now