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    Is your dad multilingual? Was he born in the U.S.?
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    Aw snap! I was all about making the blue work last Fall/Winter, but I'm more of a purple/pink girl as it turns out. Still think I'll try turquoise eventually. If I put blue on my hair right now, it would probably end up a shade of purple (tried this once before and had purple streaks in the pink, it was kind of neat).

    My dad was born in New Jersey, but his first language was Russian because it's what his parents spoke at home (grandfather was from the Ukraine, grandmother is from Belarus, and both spoke some German from having lived there during the war). My dad tried teaching my sister and I Russian when we were pretty young (under 8), but we didn't have much of an attention for it. We knew a lot of household words (window, cat, car, little, big, house, please, thank you, etc.), but I don't remember hardly any now (except for yes, no, cat, dog, little, house, car, please, thank you, Christ is risen, Truly He is risen!, and hello, but I don't pronounce it well).

    No lunch today. I don't want yogurt, so I'm either going to tough it out till I get home or cave and pick up some yogurt at the local grocery store today. Is it weird that a cup of decaf coffee with a generous splash of half & half fills me up? If I need to, I'll resort to that because it's freeeeeeeeeee. Caffeine on an empty stomach makes me jittery!

    More disrupted sleep last night, but mood is okay today. Boyfriend and I flared up at each other last night, but reconciled quickly as we both recognized that we are worried about him finding work and there's no use taking it out on each other. More talking about the stress is good. Boyfriend learning when an apology would be helpful for me is good. Waking up in the middle of the night again is bad. I find that I go to sleep cold and wake up sweltering. This has been consistent for the past week now, but the mid-night waking is only for the past 2 nights. I took Tryptophan again last night and wonder if it has something to do with that. I'll just have to wait it out.

    I would really like to find a way to calm down after an argument. Nothing really works and I've tried all the usual distractions. If I can sleep on it, I usually feel better in the morning when my mind has been able to let go of the issue for a while. If not, I find that I can't stop thinking about it and get more and more upset, imagining all the worst scenarios, feeling terribly resigned to the worst outcome, until it can be addressed. I know it's best to approach a post-argument or an argument with a cool head, but I can't ever get to that point. I just grit my teeth and take deep breaths and try to take a moment before I speak and that's the best I can do. It rarely works out well. I feel like this deeply emotional response is a cortisol/hormonal related thing and I wish I knew what I could do to improve it and make it easier for me to "shake it off" and actually find some other distracting activity beneficial.

    Tomorrow I find out how much my usual paycheck will be now with the raise. I have a rough guess. So far with this month's expenses (rent and groceries, pretty much), I think my first paycheck will cover all that, which is a first. It's nice not waiting for the last paycheck of the month to see things trending positively.

    My aunt emailed me yesterday and I guiltily responded that I'm still working on her wedding photos. I feel slightly more motivated to work on them now that the deep depression has passed. She goes on her honeymoon cruise next week and I want to have the cd to her before then, which means finishing it today or tomorrow and sending it First Class.
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    Quote Originally Posted by namelesswonder View Post
    My dad was born in New Jersey, but his first language was Russian because it's what his parents spoke at home (grandfather was from the Ukraine, grandmother is from Belarus, and both spoke some German from having lived there during the war). My dad tried teaching my sister and I Russian when we were pretty young (under 8), but we didn't have much of an attention for it. We knew a lot of household words (window, cat, car, little, big, house, please, thank you, etc.), but I don't remember hardly any now (except for yes, no, cat, dog, little, house, car, please, thank you, Christ is risen, Truly He is risen!, and hello, but I don't pronounce it well).
    Just curious, I guess. One of these days, I'll learn another language. I've heard that most European residents think we're all ignorant for only knowing one language, but really, it's the proximity of the different languages that is the real issue.
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    I agree. I took French middle school-one semester of college, but I don't think I could even ask for directions now (let alone understand them). Maybe when I'm rolling in the dough someday I'll take a refresher course so I can have the lofty goal of moving to Southern France someday.
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    France is the only place in Europe that I have to visit. My wife is a Spanish major and had to take another language for the credit hours as well, so she's had like 1 year of French. She's visited Italy and France. I'm only jealous of France. As functional as it would be to learn Spanish, I think I would like to learn French more.
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    I was just pickin about your hair... rock whatever color you want of course!
    My teal is fading to a lovely light aquamarine, but it's about time to hit it with the goop again.

    Ahhhhh... Paris.
    I want to go so BAD.
    When I turned 35 I made a joke and told everyone that I was going to turn 40 in Paris.
    And I have stuck with that until now... it was one of those 'come hell or high water' professions that brought on the hell and the high water!
    I turn 39 later this year, so I still have a year to try and work it out.
    But with my brain issues flying would make the trip worthless. I could do it, but it would take several days after getting there to recover enough to enjoy it. Plus, I have no interest in learning french at all. I keep wondering if I learn some German, which I love, if they'd be happy with that. Somehow I doubt it.

    Also... I shouldn't want to learn German, I should be doing something constructive like learning Spanish (which I had 3 years of in HS including a year of Advanced) because I want to run away to live on the coast of Panama and eat fried plantains and grilled fresh fish and mangoes for the rest of my life. I remember shockingly little of what I learned in those three years... that's what happens when you don't use it.
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    I think I took French partially because my sister was taking it, and all the rest of the reason was because everyone else wanted to take Spanish "because it's so practical" and Latin "because it's a good base for other languages." And I like(d) being contrary.

    I went to Italy in 2006 with a group of other high school seniors. We had day trips to Milan (where our flight came in), Assisi, Venice, a couple days in Florence, and a short day in Rome. We also went to Pompeii! I would love to go back to Venice, Florence, Pompeii, and Rome. I guess I want to take more pictures and see the sculptures and monuments and ruins again, but I don't know how I'd manage travelling somewhere without knowing the language or having planned tour guides. Seems like it'd be easier to sign up through a tour company. This is me (on the right) and a friend on the ferry to Venice:


    And two pictures I took that I wish I had in better quality:
    S. Pietro by ~cloudysoul on deviantART
    LETOH by ~cloudysoul on deviantART

    Boyfriend said if we won the lottery he'd want to move to Southern France. My French teacher in high school was from there and we got to see some of the photos of her "other home" (she went home in the summer). It looks like a beautiful area. I'd really just like to see as much as I can of the "highlights" of Europe. Funny that when it comes to the English speaking countries, I don't think there's much I'd want to see. The old stuff is just going to look like the most run down areas of Boston to me =P
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    Yeah, well the Spanish they teach in school may help some, but every country has a different dialect of it. I worked for a guy who would hire some Mexicans and the occasional Guatemalan, they couldn't hardly understand each other. Plus, they hated each other, what did Guatemala do to Mexico? I dunno, but it was bad, whatever it was. I firmly believe the French language is the only reason the rest of the world has tolerated them so far...he sums it up well:
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    Haha that movie made me so uncomfortable when I first saw it (young and naive)! A funny moment though.

    My dad likes to pick up useful bits of languages. I don't think he practices French much, but his vocabulary is good and he listens to French radio and podcasts periodically (as well as reads classic French literature). I am kind of jealous of his language skills.
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    Meh... I dislike listening to French in general. It's just a bit effeminate... IMO.
    Too flowery and too silky...
    I like something a bit more rough and direct.

    Also, German weather is fabulous.


    As to learning Spanish for South America... it does work, unless you his a Portuguese based country. You just have to be flexible. You could compare it to some rich kid send to boarding school only every learning proper old school English, who then needs to communicate in Boston with a bunch of slang locals.
    I worked with a group of uneducated rural Mexicans (here in Am on visa) not long after high school and it took a bit but we managed to figure it out after a few weeks and we got on fine. I actually spoke conversational Spanish (in their regional dialect) pretty darn well after a few weeks and was assigned as their main interpreter by the foreman.
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