Today I had class knowing that Denny wasn’t going to be the teacher (Francesca is instead) and that it would be myself and one other guy from Austria. It was really different to have it this way. I am always amazed how the dynamic changes when you take people in a class or take them away. I remember this from when I was a teacher observing when kids were absent. Sometimes life was 10x’s better when the trouble makers weren’t around and I would secretly enjoy that. In this case, I don’t know yet what to think. Francesca’s style is completely different as she’s more about conversation and less humorous for sure. I know I’ll still learn plenty from her though. Without others in the class though it’s surely more intensive (which I like) though the other guy in my class is a chatter box and without control from the teacher he’d talk the whole time! There is only one other class going on in the school from what I see, and it has the two American women as well as one other woman from England. It’s quite a different feeling than last week when all the seminarians were there. We’ll see how the rest of this week plays out. I also may have the guy in my class come live in this apartment. He isn’t happy with where he’s at and has requested a change. I will have to see about getting a cleaning lady to come – she still hasn’t come since Fred left. If he comes tomorrow that’s fine. Wed. I’ll be gone all day to Senigallia, Thurs. night I have my (last) cooking class. Friday night I’m going to go out to dinner with Denny and Barbara before I leave on Saturday.
On a side note: I’ve been enjoying listening to the radio here when I’m at home hanging around. I forgot how nice it is to have some background noise (little by little) around. Those of you who really know me know that I am so easily distracted and having the littlest of distractions throws off my ability to concentrate. I’ve been working on this skill some since being here (to multi-task and really listen instead of just hearing) and I think it’s going better than it was. Having a clear head helps a lot. When I was a teacher, I don’t know how I multi-tasked as much as I did. I would have my eye on one kid while another was talking to me, be able to hear him or her and respond while being able to do something else too! Now…yeah right! I think I never did a quality job at any one of those things as I do now focusing on one at a time. Ironically my dad and brother are just like me too so I guess I’m not the only one this ever happens to! I’ve been able to look back at my life over the past few years with more clarity since I’ve been here and it’s been so helpful.
It surprises me in a way how much American music there is on the stations, other English songs for sure too. I’ll have to figure out what some of them are because I like them and have never heard them in the US and have no idea what the titles are. I’ll probably record them on my phone from the radio, and do a Shazam search (application on the phone) for it once I return to the US. I’m amazed how technology helps a lot, especially at times like this. Some of the popular songs here though are “Last Friday Night” from Katy Perry, “I’m With You” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Maroon 5 song “Moves Like a Jagger”. The ladder is addicting!
Tonight I have a cooking lesson with Alberta and I know we’ll be making asparagus risotto and some kind of meat. Should be good! What I mentioned above about English music here…it makes me think of when I go to her house, she has the radio on. I asked her when English songs come on if she knows what they mean, and she said no. I can’t imagine listening to another language that often and not really knowing what it is yet liking it. I mean, I do that with the Italian songs that I hear of course, but I can’t imagine forever living like that.