Friday, May 30, 2008
Hi Y'all. I bought this very entertaining book two days ago when I was celebrating the end of the school year with some classmates by hitting up all the book stores in town that have reasonable English sections. It unfortunately is more Zurich-oriented, but for the life of me I can't find anything on Basel Swiss German, so I'll just have to settle for talking like I'm from Zurich. I'm quite motivated to work on my German right now, as you may have noticed. I think 40 hours a week with two little girls who won't breathe a word of English sounds daunting. I start an intensive course on Monday morning (Hochdeutsch,) with a funny old guy who talks real slow so we can understand him and says things like, "talk less through your nose like an American and more in your throat like a German soldier" (except in German). My class will be from 8:00-11:40 every week day for three weeks, so watch out! My German is going to be AMAZING! :) But back to my cool new book. This is one of my favorite pages (click to see view larger image):
I think the "happy" illustration is particularly helpful.
In about 3 hours I'm heading off to help at the Sunday School camp up in the hills, and I'm quite excited about that for several reasons. First, I get to use my fabulously comfy and beautiful egg-shell-blue-with-stars-on-the-inside sleeping bag. That in itself is reason enough to anticipate the weekend. Add to that crafts, coloring, songs, games, good friends and potentiality for marshmellows, and I'm sure you understand my enthusiasm.
Speaking of sleeping bags, I might go camping with my way cool Williams cousins over 4th of July weekend! I was planning to go to the Rodeo in St. Paul, but camping trumps Rodeo, particulary if it's with such good company. If you're looking for a good way to observe Independence day this year and neither Rodeos, nor camping trips, nor county fairs are at your disposal, let me recommend some good summertime reading on our nation's founding. First, if you haven't already read the David McCullough biography of John Adams, that's a great one. It is a bit hefty and detail heavy for some people, however. For shorter and more theoretical discussions, check out William Lee Miller's The Business of May Next: James Madison and the Founding. Charlottesville: U. Press of Virginia, 1992. Or, if you're specifically interested in a critical work on religion and the founding, see Frank Lambert's The Founding Fathers and the Place of Religion in America. Princeton: Princeton, 2003. If anyone is interested, I can post book reviews written by yours truly on these two books.
Enjoy your weekend!