The phrase related to by today’s title is rarely something you want to hear.
Waking Up Early
What a difference twenty minutes can make.
I have not been sleeping well, so it came as a bit of a surprise this morning when I was awakened by my alarm clock, which should come as no surprise is an ancient iPod Touch. While it felt good to sleep until 5:30am, I arose with the knowledge that every additional minute spent in bed could spell disaster to my morning commute. I left the house twenty minutes later than what has become normal and sure enough there were about 25% more cars on the road, and an accident that caused a slowdown of getting onto the Connector from I-20.
Fortunately it was smooth sailing, crowded smooth sailing, from there.
Tomorrow I will be seeing another physical therapist. While I am not looking forward to the pain and suffering that will inevitably occur, if this (and perhaps chiropracty/massage) can rid my body of the lingering damage I caused last month than it will be a good thing.
I am making some progress on my own too, yesterday I was able to hobble from”XYZ Corp”‘s office to Octane Coffee about two longs blocks away. This is the furthest I have walked since the fall.
I am disappointed that Octane has recently sold out, but I wanted a cold beer before German class last night and didn’t want to pay the price that Tap charges.
I also need to start reintroducing exercise into my life because my pants are starting to get snug again. And I was doing so well before falling…
Another Year Of German?
The powers that be at Goethe are warning us that the leap from B1 to B2 is a giant one, and that perhaps we should take a “bridging” course instead of making a direct leap.
Let me give you a background on the system as advertised to me when I started:
There are three levels, think “grades” — A, B, and C
Within each level there are two sub-levels — 1, 2
Within each sub-level there are four quarters — 1, 2, 3, 4
Since starting my German education in September 2014 I have completed the following —
A1.1, A1.2, A1.3, A1.4, A2.1, A2.2, A2.3, A2.4, B1.1, B1.2, B1.3 — and am currently in B1.4
Prior to hearing of this bridging class, I expected to be starting B2 this summer and to have completed all of the courses offered by the end 2019. Now it’s looking like 2020?
Mind you, I have no “end game”, as I will most likely be too old to consider moving to Germany after completing my coursework, though technically I need only to pass the B-level certifications in order to do so.
Happy Hump day. Hopefully it will also be happy lawn mowing day for me.