Monday, July 06, 2009

Time flies when you're...drowning in Arabic??

So a quick update. Or not so quick - "wait 'til I get going!" (Name that movie to further solidify our friendship...)

Housing: My apartment has been sublet. WOOHOOOOOO!!! That saves me $1200. :) :) Well, $1198, plus utilities. :) I'm very relieved to have that taken care of. This does mean, however, that since I no longer have another home, I officially live in the dorms, for the first time since 1995. :) And I officially park my car at the institute building. :) And I officially have one check left, until I unpack my boxes at the beginning of September and find my next book of checks. So if I tell you "the check is in the mail," it just ain't true.

Arabic...yeah, about that. It's still stressful, I'm still not where I would like to be with it, but it's LOTS better than it was last time I posted, so that's nice. :) And the attitude adjustment that I SERIOUSLY needed? I got it. :) A small part of it had to do with remembering that I ALWAYS take a while to get adjusted to new situations. So I was not adjusted to this intensive Arabic thing, and was feeling bad that I wasn't just loving every second of it. I'm still not loving every second of it, but now I'm feeling more like I will, eventually. :) Of course, the quickest I've ever adjusted to a new living situation was about 2 months...and this is a two-month program. :) So hopefully I'm adjusted and happy before it's over. ;) But I got an 87% on my last test, and I thought I'd done much worse than that, so things aren't looking too bad right now. :)

And people - it's week 4!!! That means that by the end of this week, we'll have done an entire semester of Arabic - CRAZY!!!! It also means I'm almost half done with this program. I know it's just Monday of week 4, but for some reason the weekends are slow and the weeks just FLY, so I feel like it'll be Friday before I know it.

And I went to an AWESOME fireside last night! I was reminded of how much I have to learn, to do, and to BECOME in order to be like my Heavenly Father. (But not in a panicked, stressing out, way, right, E? ;) ) So I'm more motivated than I've been in a while to really WORK at being who He wants me to be. It's a good feeling. :)


Rachel said...

Me first! The Princess Bride.
Also, just a reminder that *I* think you are one of the most awesome people I know. Fortunately, I am also related to you!
You may feel like you're drowning, but that's just because you haven't mastered the butterfly stroke yet. Australian crawl is good enough for most people, but you of course are going above and beyond that. ;) Love you!

Jeremy said...

mabahibsh arabi.... <-- w da mish fusha!

Janell said...

I want blogger to have a "like" button so I can express my support without having to construct this incoherent sentence in an attempt to express support for your general awesomeness and happiness-to-be.

Meredith said...

Just in case this works for you, I bought a little white board and would write all of my vocab words on it and post it in the shower (you know on one of those little suction cup hooks) so I could study Arabic vocab in the shower. It worked remarkably well for me, so I thought I'd share the idea...