At the end of the summer, I made some plans for the upcoming academic year.
I intended to start a daily blog.
I wanted to improve my verbal French - with a summer trip to France as my ultimate goal.
I wanted to take piano lessons.
I wanted to get stronger by doing regular physical therapy.
I am just about at the half-way point I realized today. It was interesting to pause and reflect.
I did start A New Dawn and continue to hone my writing skills on a generous and patient audience.
I bought Pimsleur’s Approach to French. I have my I-tunes radio station tuned to www.love-radio.fr. Today presented a particularly exciting moment when I realized that the background discussion of songs (most of which are American performers) was in French. Out of nowhere, instead of understanding every third word out of ten, I understood what was being said! Easily! Sacre Bleu!
I began to take piano lessons. My time being seated is limited. However, I have developed my own method of practicing piano -- either standing or sitting on a big exercise ball. (Bonus: my balance wh!le sitting on the ball and playing the pedal requires extra ab work so as not to roll away1)
I try to walk most days and I work on building my core and hip muscles. My new hips are beginning to seem like mine.
When I reflect back on these small accomplishments, I feel a measure of pride. I am still learning. I am still engaged in life. The proof positive occurred this evening when I attempted to learn a new way to boil eggs. I enjoyed great success.