Thursday, January 17, 2019

Estoy Aprendiendo

I am trying to learn how to speak Spanish. One thing I really regret in life is not continuing with the Spanish classes I started in junior high. Whenever I see bilingual people, I am incredibly jealous. Anyone who can speak two languages is like a miracle to me. Plus, Spanish is so useful. And two of my kids are learning it so I figure it can be like a fun secret language that we use to exclude Alex and Katie.

I am using a combination of Rocket Spanish and Duolingo and a workbook I bought off of Amazon because I like filling out worksheets.

I started over the summer, getting several lessons in before I got really busy and it kinda fell to the side.  Also, I started getting to lessons that passed my retained knowledge, so it was getting a lot harder.

But! I really want to learn, so I made it one of my new year resolutions to do at least three lessons/study sessions a week. I even made a chart.

Photo of a multicolored chart of every week of the year, each with three empty checkboxes next to them
Because if I love filling out worksheets, you know I love me a good chart.
I am not totally succeeding, but I have done at least a couple sessions each week so far and I am determined to continue. Plus, my flashcard pile is growing quite large.

I am telling you all of this because I want to post a screenshot from Duolingo that showed up when I was practicing last summer and it is the best and most me thing that could ever be. I would have made it my Facebook profile picture but for the fact that people would be all, "But you don't speak Spanish, asshole."

Screenshot showing a cartoon zombie who seems to be making a rock'n'roll gesture with his fingers and the words Yo hablo español, under which I have correctly interpreted it as "I speak Spanish."
Español zombie says "ROCK'N'ROLL!!!!"
How completely weird is that? (Answer: SO weird. Go home, Duolingo, you're drunk.)

Someday, maybe once my chart above is full of check marks, I will finally profile pic this guy. Until then, he will live on my computer desktop and charm me every damn day.

¡Hasta la próxima vez!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Introducing Project Crow!

Because I am SO good at blogging these days, I have decided to start a whole new blog. Great idea, right? What could possibly go wrong with that? Regardless, I am doing it. I have a new running project and instead of burdening all of you here with it, I am putting it elsewhere so if you're not here for running, you don't have to read endlessly about it.

So without further ado, I introduce...

masthead reading "project crow" There is a crow with lines representing a metro map behind him and also icons of a bike, runner, and walker
I could not love this masthead more.
You can read more about Project Crow over at its website, but in a nutshell, it is my effort to either Cycle, Run, or Walk (CRoW!) to my neighborhood from every DC-area Metrorail station.

I've run from three stations so far and I'm already tired. And one of them is only a mile and a half from my house.

There are more than 90 stations, so this will take a long time. Prepare to be hearing about this for quite a while. Or prepare to watch me lose interest in two weeks. It'll be one of the two. Although now that I've made this public, I will feel intense pressure to do it. So maybe just prepare to hear Future Stimey berating Past Stimey a lot.

I have a few posts up over there, so head over and check it out!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Stimey's 2019 Race Calendar

Photo of me running with caption: Stimey's 2019 Race Calendar, Getting back on (the) track!

February 3: Penguin Pace
Columbia, MD
3.1 miles
Official time: 38:56

April 28: Pike's Peek
Rockville, MD
6.2 miles
Official time: 1:12:48

May 19: Carderock Running Festival
Carderock, MD
13.1 miles
Official time: 2:58:03

June 22: Suds & Soles
Rockville, MD
3.1 miles
Official time: 35:27