Lesson Gardens

Lessons are funny things.  If you don’t tend to your garden when you go back and take a look all the of sudden there are weds everywhere.

I recently found a huge weed growing in my garden.  Some of you might have noticed a conspicuous absence of any info regarding my friend Hameed.  You see I forgot one of my number one lessons a few years ago.  “No Thank You” is a complete sentence. I like him and he is really sweet but sometimes I didn’t know how to extricate myself from some situations.  For example- everyday after class he wants me to sit and have tea but after class I only have 5-15 minutes to get home for lunch (and I don’t like to miss lunch).   ;)

So instead of using my voice and saying I must go or no thank you.  I started to take a different route home; I avoided.  I used my old pattern for dealing with situations.  Guess what I found on Monday??

Yes – that is right!  I found weeds in my garden.  On my way to school, there was Hameed setting up shop almost 2 hours early.  So his back was turned and I thought about 1) running away 2) hurrying past and 3) plucking my weed.

Can you guess my decision??  I was proud of me- I plucked (it only took tons of time, money and the energy but I did what had to be done).  I went up and said hi for a couple of minutes on my way to school.  I even stopped and said hi for a couple of minutes on my way from school.  Today when he wanted me to stop and take tea; I said “no thank you.  I must run.  Lunch awaits.”

I must remember to tend to my garden daily or the weeds get big and gnarly.

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All my love (to flowers and the weeds that teach us lessons)–
Angie

Back in the Saddle

Busy day filled with class 1, class 2 and private class. The post office, lunch with my family and then a little rest.  Homework and I met my friend Ignacio for speaking practice.  That ends up being more practice of his English than my Spanish.  But I understand more and more so that makes me happy. We went to a tea house; they are super popular around here. I loved it except the chairs were really uncomfortable then I ran to yoga. I helped a lady with her set-up for shoulder stand. The teacher commented about how nice I was but I wasn’t sure it was a compliment.   My shoulder stand felt awful today; that it’s what stinks about a week off.  My home practice didn’t include one shoulder stand. I guess that should teach me something ;)

I stopped off for a small snack after yoga.  The shop I walked into was a pub like thing close to my house. Everyone stared so intently, all I managed was comida (food)???  That was met with friendly si, si and the offer of menus.  It was excellent.

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And the waiter gave me this…

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It is a chocolate shot glass with liquor it — very good  ;).   Was trying to eat the glass and savor the liquid – very hard for me.

I wonder if eggplant tastes better in Spain or if Spaniards just know how to cook eggplant.

I better finish my homework and hit the hay!  Sweet dreams.

All my love-
Angie

April

I always think it is funny how when you meet a person you ever know: you could instantly become besties, arch enemies, lovers or a host of all kinds of things somewhere in the middle.  I met a dear friend of mine last year and her name is April.

By all accounts we probably shouldn’t be friends, don’t get me wrong we do have a few commonalities.  I mean we both hail from the bible belt.  But our age is separated by 15 or so years, our jobs would never cause us to overlap.  She was a Nanny and I was a Deputy Program Manger.  We met at a yoga studio (that is something I love about yoga) and I am sure she started talking to me.  We sat on the floor chatting like long lost sisters about miserable jobs and a longing for a different life. She loves to dance and only partake after much alcohol (I am very white).

April is currently somewhere in Korea (teaching English).  I am so proud to say that she is my friend; she strives to care for herself allowing her to care for others.  She struggles but she doesn’t get bogged down in that.  She struggles, learns, and she moves on.  She strives everyday to be the person she wants to be.

She inspired me to jump and she helped me see that a net would appear.  She did that by jumping first!  I remember thinking “well if she can, I can” so jumped and I don’t regret any of it.  Her courage is formidable.  She reminds me there is abundance in the world.

I want to say thank you!!  I love your adventures and I can’t wait to hear more.

All my love-
Angie

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Verb Conjugation

So unfortunately, I don’t have much to say unless you want to quiz me about verb conjugation in future or conditional future tense as that had been the bulk of my day.  But I feel good about next week.

I wanted to say thank you to all who have sent prayers and good thoughts for my Oma.  Surgery went well and now she has a long rehab road ahead so please continue!

I promise more interesting stories next week once Granada clears out.

I miss you all!
All my love-
Angie

Day Off

I had the day off and I didn’t due to much with it. Homework, eating, walking and the Muppets in Spanish.  My walk was nice but it is getting hot here and I feel super sweaty after my walks (sorry that was probably too much info).  The muppets were awesome and I enjoyed Tina Fey singing in Spanish but god the muppets talk fast (I wish they needed to breathe).

I can’t believe it.  I just looked at a calendar and I have 5 weeks till I am back in the States.  I have to get on the hop starting to do that stuff that I wanted to do.  But i wait till Monday when the 1000s of extra people leave town and police thin out.

Here is a pic from last night.  Not the processional that I was hoping for but it was beautiful and you can kind of get an idea of the crowds.

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My walk

I had class today, lunch and then I went for a walk.  The walk was funny.  For example..

A gente on a motorbike looks over at me smiles pulls to a stop and pats the back seat for me to hop on.  Then he proceeds to smile and make kissy faces.  I laughed and wondered if I was a Spanish girl would I run up and hop on.  It was 5 in the afternoon and I saw a man peeing in the corner of some stairs.  I ran into students from my school doing the walk in reverse.  It is the Russian last day at the school.  He asked if we could be Facebook friends.  I even saw a motorbike hit a car at a stoplight.  The bike and the passenger fell off (they dumped the bike).  Another bike stops, all passengers get out of the car and they all help the bike up. They shake off the incident and everyone goes happily on their way.

I am always amazed at the amount of graffiti here in Granada.  Some of it is quite good, apparently, the city can’t keep up so they gave up.  Here is some of the better graffiti.

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I love these flowers and they are all over Albayzin.  They make the air smell so amazing.  This is at a local garden (jardín in Spanish; Mom, Dad and Jenny does this word look familiar).

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I never quite get used to the width of the sidewalks. 

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You probably can’t tell from the picture but someone painted their house the color of my spreadsheets.  I thought it was awesome.

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I thought this was fitting for Easter.  I love the spot by the Alhambra on a mini-mountain over looking the city.

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A view of the city.  It was a beautiful day. Crystal clear blue sky’s and 80 degrees.

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I got to catch-up with some dear friends lately.  I miss you guys.  Thanks for sharing.

All my love-
Angie

Sending my love

So I wish I could say that my day was grand or spectacular but it was just another day.  It was a day filled with school, learning, walking, talking (and talking in English the best kind), yoga, and fruit shopping.  I like my fruit guy at the frititeria.

My grandmother is sick. Her hip popped out of the socket and shred part of her femur.  For those who know me, you know that we are close. So please if you get a moment send some loving healing energy her way.

Thinking about bed since I haven’t been sleeping well.

All my love-
Angie