I slept very well and woke from the alarm at 5.30. Did my complete morning routine, made breakfast and actually wrote new words on the novel. Phew.
Talked with my husband, did the dishes, went for a run:
I’m back to rather slow walk/run intervals. It was very muddy.
And cold, hence the hat.
My husband made asparagus risotto for lunch and it was delicious:
He thinks we need all the protein. Also, we’ll be getting more eggs today and so we should eat the ones we got last week.
After lunch the boy told me all about the presentation that was due two hours later. About the Manhattan Project. Very interesting but I have to say, I was a bit peopled out at this point. I did get a break, though, after that and before teaching.
Teaching went reasonably well and my last student canceled. Which is when I started writing this post.
I had dinner and started rewatching „Find Yourself“. I’m trying out what happens if I turn off subtitles. I already know the story so it should help me get better with Chinese. It’s fascinating. I’m sitting there, there is all this drama and what I understand is, „I don’t know! I’m sorry!“ Blablabla. Something cry, something no, something yes, wide swaths of just syllables. And so on.
My Chinese is not good enough by far to understand anything but it’s rather fascinating to feel how my mind is trying to make sense of the language. I talked about it with the boy the other day, I have reached the point where my brain knows that this is just another language and should make sense. So I get careless in reading the subtitles, look away, expect to understand the gist of it and only then do I realize that nothing made sense. So my brain thinks I should understand all of it, I mean it’s just Chinese after all, but in fact I don’t understand much at all.
On the other hand nothing bad will happen if I watch a TV show and don’t understand it. I’m hoping that this kind of immersion will speed my learning up.
I did do my Duolingo and Fluent Forever exercises, of course, I have moved those to later in the day because they kept clogging my mornings. Now I’m doing them when I’m near unconscious at the end of the day. Still. It’s worth it.
Went to bed on time. I even read a bit. I’ve started a new novel, „Featherbed“ by Annabeth Albert. It’s set in Sarina Bowen’s True North universe and I’m just breezing through. I also started The fourth book in the Star Kingdom-series by Lindsay Buroker but decided that I wanted something a bit fluffier first.
Today there will be the walk to the health food store, teaching three students and I’m hoping that I’ll be happy with what I get done today as well.