Just a quicker update today—actually just a summary of today’s events rather than ANALYSIS.
First off, Firefox hates WordPress, or maybe WordPress hates Firefox…GRR…. I have to remember to type these posts in Chrome or Opera.
Okay. Today I taught first grade, but didn’t receive the plan ahead of time. I didn’t have the opportunity because I didn’t have to go to Zrinyi yesterday. Why? Because 3rd grade went to the dentist together. That’s an aspect of state-run healthcare I think I like.
I was asked to be a guest speaker in Peter’s 5th grade history class during the following period, and I presented several US historical tourist attractions (e.g., Gettysburg, Mesa Verde, etc.) while tying it in to the actual history involved. It was a fun…45 minutes, and I appreciated that the students had prepared questions to ask me.
My cold lasted 7 days, was gone for 5, and may be back although I’m not sure. I have no symptoms other than an occasional, slight cough. It’s probably nothing although the last two colds I had did the same thing and I ended up receiving antibiotics for an infection. As I tell people, I almost never get sick but when I do, it lasts for a long time.
This Saturday is the 40+ mile-long Kaposvár to Pécs team relay known as Rókaűzők. During the break tomorrow, we will solidify the individual legs. I believe I have an “easy” 5 mile leg, so I have been running more lately and going 5-6 miles. Today I ran 5.4 miles over to the university and back. Google maps didn’t make it clear that there is no running shoulder along this main road for part of the way. I did lots of stopping and waiting on the side of the road. Next time, I’ll choose a different path.
We are currently decided on what to do for Fall break (Oct 31-Nov 5, roughly). If we’re flying somewhere four destinations seem relatively cheap and are equally priced: Netherlands, Berlin, Copenhagen, and Stockholm. Any suggestions? We could also fly to Milan which would allow us to see northern Italy, since we won’t be in that area for Christmas. The Milan flight is basically free, but it is a discount airline that adds on a fee for EVERYTHING, so it’s not quite free. As a side note: Many people here believe that Holland is a country, though Jason Gacek and I know better (the country is Netherlands, and Jason, I miss your informal trivia quizzes!). I really want to correct them, though I haven’t.
Our “paperwork” has supposedly been posted- that means mailed. We need to open a bank account soon, because I doubt they want to direct deposit to Bank of America.
I am really appreciating the willingness of my Munkacsy students, and even the enthusiasm of my Zrinyi 4th graders, to teach me Hungarian. Today I learned how to say “I don’t have one,” “no problem,” “once again,” and the method for changing between words like big, bigger, and biggest. That’s nagy, nagyobb, and legnagyobb.
This week, we have found cornmeal,corn starch, baking powder, and yeast. Now we just need some appropriate pans for baking. Speaking of baking, I mentioned to two students, Bianka and Zsanett, that I was baking cornbread. It apparently isn’t made here, unless they know it by another name (but I don’t know what it would be besides kukorica kenyér). So, I baked a tray of cornbread for their class tomorrow. If you are reading this and are not in that group of 11e, I will be making your class something on a different day – not tomorrow.
And that leads me to the observation that my viewer count has grown substantially in the last few days. Thank you all for reading! I have been publicizing my blog updates on facebook, and since many of my students are facebook friends, I have many more readers of my blog. I hope you enjoy it and please ask if you have any questions. Feel free to comment also.
Finally, let’s go Tigers…. send the Yankees home once again.