Thursday, September 07, 2006

Back To School.

Hello one and all!

Yes, yes, school has begun again. I only have class on Mondays and Wednesdays so my first classes were yesterday. I had all of them except my small group writing course which is pretty straight foward- I need some brilliant writing ideas in the next day or so so I can write a short story or essay- if you have ideas about a good essay I could write, shout 'em out in the comments!

My Shakespeare class is taught by this super cool 70-something lady who is like a world renouned authority and is just SUPER awesome. I already like that class.

My Narrative Investigations class should be pretty intense. We're back to Plato, with whom I'm well aquainted, and then we're moving on to Cervantes which I'm excited for because I haven't ever read ol' Don Q.

My Gaelic class... yipes. It's the first non-romance language I've learned besides Latin and German, and obviously Latin is the root of the Romance languages, and German has some close ties to english...

Gaelic is NOTHING like these languages. There is nothing intuitive about it.

Let me give you a little example:

Ce'n chaoi a bhfuil tu'? ---- This is the Gaelic, the apostrophes I've inserted are actually accents over the vowel.

Kay hchoi whil too? --- This is my Phonetic spelling of the sentence above- yep, that B word actuall sounds like WILL.

How are you? ---this is the meaning.

As you might note, the only thing you'd really gain from that is that it's to YOU because tu is usually you in other langs. CRAZY.

It's going to be challenging, and of course I'm super nerdily excited for it! I can't wait to get some more vocabulary and hopefully pick it up a bit more so it's not quite so brain-twisting! I'm in that class with my friend Megan who is fluent in Japanese and knows a solid amount of Chinese and Korean, and then also french, and she's in a similar boat. It's good to have someone who loves languages but has no idea what they're doing in the class (and Megan, if I've misrepresented your knowledge/understanding of Gaelic, I apologize!). I'm sure it'll get better....

So yeah, just wanted to give y'all the update on school.

Navigators had the first meeting of the year last night and it looks like it's going to be a great group. Unfortunately they've scheduled the fall road trip when Matthew is here so I won't be joining them on that- I'm sure I'll keep busy though. :)

Otherwise, things are going great! Staci and I have eaten 3 meals together thus far- we have had shrimp, chicken, AND steak... we've only got to master fish and WATCHOUT! We're trying to cook here more and not go our or eat crappiness too often, so tis' good. We're leaving the eatin' out to weekends mostly which has bee successful thus far.

These are mundane things I suppose, so I'll be done for now. Still no camera hook up, but my sweet mommy put 'er in the mail so it should be on the way!

More riveting tales comin' atcha soon!

PS- thanks to Ryan and Whitney for posting/offering recipes!!


Sarah said...

how exciting!!!