January 29, 2011

Oh, The Places You Will Go!

I bought my Eurail pass today! Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, and Germany. It doesn't quite seem real that I will be going to all of these places, but that's what February-April holds in store for me! The part I'm looking forward to the most? Hopping the German border into Salzburg, Austria, and going on The Sound of Music Tour. Dream come true, and I will definitely have pictures from that event, most specifically on the Do-Re-Mi steps, as my friends and I like to call them. If any of you would like to join me on any excursions, please let me know!

Thought I had bought a mocha mix at the store, turns out to be hot chocolate - score! Today I finished a movie I started last night on YouTube, called "Midnight Bayou." The only reason I even knew about it was because it was on in French at Alfred & Stella's house during our French lessons, and it looked creepy and maybe even good. My final review? It's a Lifetime movie. That's all you really need to know. It's freakin' weird when the key words are: murder, reincarnation, New Orleans, and Cajun housemaid.

Yesterday we practiced driving again. It went better. It had to, being that we never left the parking lot. But really, I think I only stalled 7-8 times (Martina, feel free to correct!). My biggest issue is going from being stopped to going forward; you know, first gear. So if I never have to stop, I will be totally fine.

But TONIGHT, we went all-in and I am not lying, I drove all the way from Farciennes to the Charleroi airport and back to home in Jumet. In a 20 minute drive, I only stalled two times, and missed only one green light on a hill. This means I survived 5-6 roundabouts, 5-6 actual stops, and made it all the way to the 5th gear IN THE DARK. All this goes to show is that Martina is a very good teacher, even if I did also have to learn Czech terms to make the magic happen.

I checked my Simpson email today for the first time in a month. Let's just say I went through and deleted the emails I knew I didn't have to check, and when I was finally done with that, I had 59 new messages still. It was a long day of corresponding and explaining and recruiting. Then when we finally went to training, my ultimate pump-up song was on the radio again: do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do--Barbra Streisand. I never expected the lady with the big nose to make such an impact on my game.

Tomorrow we have a home match, though, which means loud fans and good food! I will post game clips as soon as I find them again, and will be sure to describe the game as best I can.

Until next time!