Thursday, February 7, 2013

Submarines and Spenchlish

We all lived in a Yellow Submarine last Saturday!

TJ and I had the good fortune of riding on a friend's float in a Mardi Gras parade last Saturday.  Talk about a blast!  The float was a '60's themed Yellow Submarine and we all dressed the part.  That's TJ and me in the very back at the top..." peace man".  I have always wanted to be on a float and throw beads into the crowd!  There was  Beatles music playing throughout the ride and we occasionally swayed and waved the "peace" sign at the crowd.  Our float was well received... especially by all the old people in the crowd....hmmmm.  Dressing up, drinking beer before noon on a sunny day and participating in a huge party is a much better way to celebrate Mardi Gras than eating pancakes!  Anyway, now I can cross that off my bucket list!  Thanks friends! 

TJ, working the crowd with some big beads!

It was a beautiful day along the Galveston seawall! 

Canada Man wondering where his pancakes are!

In other news, I started my Spanish classes last week.  Two days a week I teach English to Spanish speaking people and then on two other days my English speaking self learns to speak Spanish.  The language department in my brain is so confused!  My students are really enjoying my meager efforts to try out my new Spanish on them before our classe starts in the morning.  I think having six or seven people to try my new vocabulary out on might be very helpful.  I am exactly where they are in my skill level the bottom!  It was somewhat surreal last week when I reviewed the English alphabet with my students and then the very next night I had to learn the Spanish alphabet.  I totally understand why they confuse the letters "a, i, y, b, v, g...." .  I now do the same thing.  I am finding it a bit easier to learn Spanish than French, maybe because I hear so much Spanish on a weekly basis or because I have already studied one language so a second is a little easier, who knows.  Maybe it is because I am practically a genius....nah.  I have also totally embarrassed myself in class by answering in French, oops!   I think I will be speaking Spenchlish, a new hybrid language of English, French and Spanish.

Live it up for the next few days everyone!  Lent begins next Wednesday.  I need to figure out what I will be doing for Lent this year.  Any ideas?  Don't think I'm going to make the mistake of giving up drinking again!  Haha! I will be spending the last few days of the Mardi Gras season with my daughter, her husband and the grandsons....partying with a few characters!
Stay's one hint.

I'll be seeing life through the delighted eyes of a 4 1/2 year old and a 3 year old at the happiest place on earth!

1 comment:

Carol said...

Loved the hybrid term, Spenchlish. And I think in French around my German co-workers, so know exactly what you mean with regard to replying in French instead of Spanish! I say, "Well done!" for taking up Spanish - I commend you for the full circle of teacher / pupil. I've been warned in the past of putting you on too high of a pedestal, so will refrain. Suffice it to say, "Well done, Lisa! Very well done!"

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