Pues = well or so then in Spanish.

Pues...if you ever want to have your confidence in a second language dashed, just go to a bilingual class and confidently sail out with the Spanish speakers when they divvy up for discussion.

I wasn't TOTALLY lost, but it was pretty close. But everyone was very nice and very welcoming, and didn't laugh at my awkward attempts at contributing to the discussion.

It's going to be a great class, but man, what a brain drain.

Speaking of brain drain, time to brainstorm some topics for my 25 page research paper. I believe that Spanish for that is something like, "¬°AY, AY , AY!"

First Day of School!

Today my online basics statistics course begins. I'm kind of excited about getting my brain back into math mode. I took basic stat in undergrad so I'm hoping this will be a nice refresher (although I doubt it will be as entertaining as statistics with Carl Main).

Tomorrow my other class meets for the first time - I'm really excited about this one. It's a bilingual course on Latino families in schools/communities. I'm not exactly sure HOW bilingual it will be, but all the assignments will be in English (phew!). This course is the first of its kind and I can't wait to get back into my Spanish groove.
  • whipsmile
    Good luck!!!
    by whipsmile at 08/18/14 10:26AM
  • sarahmarcelle
    Have a great first day!
    by sarahmarcelle at 08/18/14 10:36AM
  • wifelet
    UGH. I had to take a stats class as a prereq for my program ... it was MISERY. It met for 4 hours on a Monday night, and was taught by a woman whose first language was very obviously NOT English. Hope you have a better experience than I did! That other class sounds interesting!!
    by wifelet at 08/18/14 11:20AM
  • simon_says
    ^^Not a stat class, but I had a college algebra class taught by a Chinese guy who could not say 'x' or 'y.' He could, however, say 'happy face' and 'sad face.' You do the math. (haha)
    by simon_says at 08/18/14 5:21PM


Anyone need two professional mess-makers? They come with solid references, they don't require pay (just feed them unearthly amounts of eggs, peanut butter/jelly, & strawberries), and they work fast.

Let me know.
  • whipsmile
    Sorry, I'm still training my current employee.
    by whipsmile at 07/28/14 3:34PM
  • jenn
    Did I mention they are very cheerful? ;) They even sing at their work!
    by jenn at 07/28/14 4:13PM
  • wifelet
    I'm full up on professional mess-makers right now ... but I'll keep you in mind! Also, sounds like my mess-makers don't eat as much ... :)
    by wifelet at 07/28/14 8:43PM
  • simon_says
    I had two extra today on top of my two (my third is still in training). It was quite the sight to behold.
    by simon_says at 07/28/14 9:56PM
  • mjintexas
    Haha... oh, the singing.
    by mjintexas at 07/29/14 10:17AM
  • sarahmarcelle
    No. Things are messy enough around my house without professionals. ;)
    by sarahmarcelle at 07/29/14 2:51PM
  • andtheking
    :) so fun! It wont be too much longer till those little mess-makers can start picking it up after they are done! have hope. My 4 year old picked up really well today for me, and is starting to be a help.
    by andtheking at 07/30/14 2:16PM

Influx of company!

The house is a lot quieter this morning after taking my sister-in-law and her twins to the airport. Will & Jonny had a wonderful time playing with cousins Tristan and Sam - and I had fun snuggling two squishy babies. Now today's work consists of cleaning up the aftermath, working on laundry, and attempting to clear our kitchen counters and rescue them from crazytown.

My brother comes in on Thursday evening, then leaves out Friday morning. My in-laws come on Friday or Saturday. We are keeping the air mattress filled up!

Beautiful day in Denver today - highs in the 70s, the sun is shining, and I have the windows open.


  • wifelet
    We've had our windows open all day, and will likely continue for several more! I love this, and I'm just not thinking about what it means for this coming winter! :)
    by wifelet at 07/15/14 8:04PM
  • simon_says
    I don't think the nice weather is going to hit us until tomorrow. But I likely won't be opening the windows...the screens are full of dead bugs from over the winter. :/
    by simon_says at 07/15/14 11:15PM


I'm trying to get back into blogging/writing again. I have a personal blog out there in the interwebz, but as my children get older I'm trying to decide the balance of oversharing information vs boring blogging. I want to be able to share stories about the boys, but am not sure about putting those out for anyone to have. I'm very protective of them - but at the same time, we live in a digital age and some information will be shared no matter what. I left Facebook, protected the Twitter account I use to tell W & J stories, and have generally minimized my social media footprint.

But, I cannot tell a lie. I do love an audience. And social media provides a person with instant approval and self-esteem boosts. This in itself can become addictive. Which is probably why I'm busy trying to find a way around my No-Facebook policy....starting with Pleonast.
  • curlie
    by curlie at 07/12/14 12:30PM
  • whipsmile
    We love having you here!
    by whipsmile at 07/12/14 1:08PM
  • wifelet
    You love an audience?
    by wifelet at 07/13/14 4:42PM
  • simon_says
    So this has nothing to do with your post, but KG has started, in her speech-delayed way, saying, "I'm totally freaking out! 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...sigh." I thought you'd appreciate that Peg + Cat reference.
    by simon_says at 07/13/14 5:20PM
  • jenn
    Shocker, right?
    by jenn at 07/14/14 5:22PM