Monthly Archives: Decembro 2011

in the land of rural

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Ok. I’m tired of holiday time. Yes. I know. I wish I had to go to work, or something. I told you I hated Xmas, and its true, and plus, having free time its killing me. Not that I have been plenty of time, which I havent got. With some Invisible friend shopping (I got PJs, a notebook, jungle speed, and gloves and scarf), and some family tasks I have been busy. In fact I haven’t had time for studying. Anyway, my complains come because it has been a lot of family time. A LOT. and I wanted to get SO involved, that now I am trying to fix family trouble and its so so so frustrating. 

One thing at a time. These days I have been to my mums hometown to take care of my cousin so that my grandma has time to do her stuff. These days I have realized that her neighbors, which happen to be my aunt and uncle -those we do not talk to- have been asking my grandmother (whose health is not perfect) to cook for them, wash their clothes, do their shopping, and other random stuff, all behind the rest of the family who usually go often to help her. So I went there to ask them please to stop asking my grandma to do stuff for them cuz she’s got enough, and what do i get? WHO are you? said my own aunt! can you believe it? she has been so cut off the family that she does not even know who i am. thats sad. That has been my day. The thing is that my uncle said, ok, we are going to stop , but I actually do not believe it. 

Being in the rural world has been fun, though. On the other hand. I mean, freezing cold. But I saw the rabbits, fed them, and went with grandma to do the shopping. Its great how she says hello to everyone we run into because that person is always someone that she knows from somewhere. Then, they stop and talk for a while. I promise, my grandma said today seven times (to seven different people) “last night snow…”. We bough some green beans to plant, also some rat poison, and corn bread. She bought also Dora the explorer cookies for me. yes. i am 24. The best part was when we had to go to this house in the middle of nowhere where an old lady sold us homemade honey for 5 euros. Then I just read for a while and wrote a bit. I

 

Next post I’m talking about this thing that I have been doing. Reconciling with people from the past. I think I’ve gone crazy. I’m serious. 🙂

 

 

thanks.

happy new year. 

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holiday nap

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Today was my last day at work before holidays.Well, the truth is that they are not real holidays. My contract finished today and I am getting renewed January 9th so that my boss does not have to pay me holidays.Yah… blame it on the crisis..But I cannot complain. I am really happy with my job, and she told me my next contract it is going to be until before September that I have to go to the US (well, I have not even thought of the possibility that I might not be accepted by any university, which it could happen, but I just do not want to think about it). Plus, she brought me a present. French sweet dessert wine to enjoy during Xmas with my family. Isn’t she nice?

Yesterday we had the “company Xmas lunch” thing. Not payed by the company. It was quite interesting. We went to this Bretonne restaurant we ordered salads, galettes and sweet crepes. Everything was good and not expensive. Being with the rest of the teachers was a nice experience, I felt completely part of the group.

The rest of the day was exhausting: Xmas shopping. Everywhere was really crowded, the heater in the shops too hot… well, I even got sick. But I had the perfect ending for the day because it was the Goodbye party at the drama school. (until 2012) And we really had fun. There were performances, improvisation competitions, lots of Champaign. Great. The problem is that I think I ate something weird because I was feeling sick the whole night.

How am I spending the holidays? I really do not know, but I have started today by taking a really relaxing nap, I think I have already told it a few times, but I hate Xmas. On top of that, this year we are not even having special dishes. There is this thing that we always have on the 24th that is called “PAn de JAmón” it is a venezuelan dish. And it is something that has been always on the Xmas table. However, the only bakery that made it in Galicia closed and that’s why we are not having one this year. My dad offered to make it himself, but my grandma said “no. get over it” and since we are spending the night at her house… so, we are just going to have a regular dinner. My mum does not like cooking, and my grandma is tired of it, so I guess we are eating something roasted on the oven, and turrón for dessert.

My other grandma, the one who lives in a very small and rural town called me and ask me if I could take care tomorrow morning of her granddaughter that has no school, and she needs to do some Xmas shopping. I am more than happy to do it, thats first plan for the holidays ( studying for the driving license will have to wait) and I have already plan some stuff to do with the girl: coloring, dancing, teaching some chinese words so she can impress her family during the holidays… It is great that for the first time there is something I can do for my grandma, I always feel I owe her.

Thats all

any recommendation for me? books? TV shows? movies?

thank you,

 

 

Sigh*

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My last drama class was amazing. We had a different teacher for the day and did stuff new. they think we are a good group. I hope they really thing that. And… we are having Xmas party next Wed. – by the way I have my first lunch with my coworkers, also Wed, but at lunch time, we’re going to a real brettonese creperie- I am excited. And in the drama party we’re showing our composition. I’m sure its going to be fun. The truth is that I find several people there really interesting, but we never have the chance to talk much cuz we’re doing exercises all the time, so… not real time to “be friends”. Plus, class ends at 22.30 (most of the time later) and its time to go home, have dinner and rest. So the party its going to be a good opportunity to get to know the actors and actresses better. 

I had surprises at work, too. I was there, from 9 to 13.30 in the office. About 12.30 my boss asked me to substitute an english teacher (intermediate class) at 16.00. I agreed, despite the fact that I am just teaching chinese and spanish, and I was kinda nervous thinking how to conduct the class. But it was great. The group was fantastic. I was really satisfied and I think they had fun too. I think that I am enjoying this thing of being a teacher too much… After the English class I had class with Andrés, the child I’m teaching Mandarin. I was sad cuz it was our last class (in January he is going to the second year chinese group, i was preparing him for that) and you know what? He’ve learnt in less than an hour how to talk about seasons, about the weather, ask for dates, ask for birthday dates, ask for the price of stuff! He was incredible. At the end of the class he gave me a huge surprise. A beautiful Santa’s plate full of candy, a card written by him saying thank you for being my teacher, and also a book mark with my name on it. I loved it. I have to confess that I might have let one tear go…

The rest of the day was not that great. I went to the doctor and he mention the word death, my mum was there and seriously, we had some drama. But its ok. 

What it is really NOT ok is that my family has been keeping a big secret for me. They think that I am weak at this moment and they were hiding that my uncle got his results and were not possitive. I mean, he has a tumor. They think I cannot handle it, and did not tell me. And of course I am hurt and sad. But I want to be part of the family too. I want to help. I have my right to be sad. 

I want to keep focusing on other stuff. I am doing this research on people from my town, I am going to interview a few tonight. And then, I want to keep reading the books for the reading club (although I cannot attend to the discussions anymore), and wow, studying for the car license. Thats the worst part, cuz that book is so no interesting. 

 

Thank you,

 

adriana

Off the Shelf 2012

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I am joining the first Blog challenge in my life called :

Off the Shelf 2012

You can read all about this challenge in http://bookishardour.com/off-the-shelf/

and I encourage all of you to do it.

I am going to start easy basic level

Trying – Choose 15 books to read

1. Sostiene Pereira by Antonio Tabucchi in 1994 (Pereira Declares)

2.La tia Tula, Unamuno (Aunt Tula)

3. Ensaio sobre a cegueira, Saramago (Blindness)

4. La perla, John Steinbeck ( The Pearl)

5.Tinkers by Paul Harding

6.El avaro, Moliere (the Miser)

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I have already decided a few, I will also update the list … any recommendations?

wish me luck!

martes trece

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I am almost done with all the applications. I just have to apply to Duke Univesity and send a couple of Official transcripts. It feels kind of relaxed now. 

The weather is still bad. Rainy,but is so galician that I am even enjoying it. 

So, the dog arrived. Since we did not go to pick Nora ( I chose the name) up, my aunt ask some message company to bring it over. She arrived, she is the most beautiful dog I have ever seen. She is also nice, like calm, and likes cuddling. 

My grandma did not get so mad, so everything is kind of ok.

Yesterday I realized this trait on me that is so different from my family. They have this thing: they love fighting, having arguments, shouting, but they have the capacity to forget everything by the next day and be alright among each other. I cannot. I have this thing, its so hard for me to get really mad, but it is so hard for me to forget. I am (I admit its bad) resentful person I ever met. Sometimes I even need revenge. Bad as it is, thats how I am and I have never been able to change that. 

Today two new students started, an american guy and a french girl (yeah, it remind me off Before sunshine and sunrise too….) and they are great. I think they both enjoyed the class.

Yesterday I watched La conspiración and I liked it. About Lincoln’s death conspiracy. And last weekend I watched the dark knight. Loooved it. yah i know, so typical. oh well.

Thank you,

 

adriana

surprises

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Today was a day of surprises. Both good and bad.

I had to go to work, despite the fact that I was feeling more or less, because my boss was on holidays (in France) and needed someone “trustworthy” to be at the office receiving calls and visits. First surprise, nothing. I mean, no calls in the whole morning, no visits. So it was kind of boring. It was cold and I was lonely there from 8 o’clock to 13.30. Anyway.

My parents picked me up at work, because they had to go to Vigo to do some shopping. And they took me to my grandmas as usually, because I often have lunch over there. We were supposed to leave for the Vasque country afterwords. The thing is that when I arrived my grandpa and my aunt were fighting and arguing really loud (shouting) about something really stupid (some random guy’s job) and I asked them to stop fighting about those stupid things. They kept shouting and I said that I was supposed to eat in a quiet environment because my stomach is troubled and nerves harm it, and i’m in treatment. I guess my aunt did not like that I intervened and she told me -shouting- that I was just being stupid or something like that. I did not get into the argument, but took my things to leave to have lunch at my house, but my grandma begged me to stay. I did. My aunt did not talk for the rest of the evening, and then I came back home. And we are still here. I mean, we were suppose to leave around 16.00 but she did not call. I did not either, because I do not think I did anything bad. I do not if I ever mention it but my family members love conflicts. Yeah strange thing. They are always arguing about irrelevant issues and I just cannot stand it, so sometimes cohabitating its really hard. Like, I avoid arguing all the time, and they are always seeking it, so… of course its difficult.

On the other hand, when I arrived home I saw a package in the kitchen from one of my best friends, who lives in California. She’s sent me tons of stuff: measurement cups, a really nice wallet, LÄRABARS, American deodorant – yeah I know you think its weird but in Spain they do not smell that beautifully- and body lotion from bath and body works. Ah! and Doraemon socks. I almost cry when I got it. I miss her terrible, and I love the fact that although we have been living apart for years we can still keep in touch and care for each other.

And well, while I am waiting for the cancellation of the trip being definitive I keep translating papers for my applications. I would like to go spend the night at my other grandmother’s house, in the little rural town, where they are really pacific and always avoiding fights and misunderstandings.

Do not get me wrong. I love my family, and all of them are extremely important for me. It is just…

 

 

On Xmas’ accomplices

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I’ve never really liked Xmas…

I guess it is because I do not feel it spiritually.

I do not feel like being good

I do not feel like being solidary

I do not feel like being specially happy

But I am going to enjoy this Xmas.

Starting by: I decided to put decorations at home. We are decorating our tree in purple (you know, I got all this inspiration when my boss considered that I should decorate our language academy… because I did not have students). And I am proposing to do the invisible friend thing at home, so that everyone has a present, but we dont have to spend that much money. NOone at home is realy Christmacy, so I guess at least there is something everyone is going to be looking forward to.

I am exhausted. And I had two days off this week. Still, I think it is even worst. I am leaving for the Vasque country this Friday. We are going to do this… terrible thing. I mean, my aunt, who still lives with her parents, decided to buy a dog. In secret. Of course my grandma, her mum, does not want more pets at the zoo (her house actually looks like one). She bought her at the Vasque Country and she is picking the dog up, so I decided to go with her, so I get to visit Bilbao and San Sebastián for a couple of days. I have never been there. Anyway, I do not agree with the fact she’s bringing the dog (I named the dog, by the way) but I am still going to take advantage of the opportunity to travel. Am I being contradictory? yeah. But we agreed that I do not know nothing about the new pet so that I won’t be blamed for being a partner in crime.

 

Thank you,

 

Adriana