Today I am giving a presentation on Research in Magazine Writing. It's only supposed to be four minutes. I think I'm at five, which I really hope is ok. I was planning on giving it last week, but much of the class disregarded the four minute rule and took ten or twelve, so that was a good warning for me to keep it short, sweet, and to the point. That class starts in 45 minutes.

Spring is coming to Lincoln at last. Tomorrow it is supposed to be 69º which is rare and amazing. Spring Break starts on Friday and I will be heading home—hallelujah!—for some much-needed Family Time. I actually look forward to the three-hour drive because I am going to be listening to my spanish podcasts to prepare for next year.

I've officially applied to spend a year abroad for the 12-13 school year. My cousin Justin has also applied and we can't wait to spend the year together. He goes to school in Washington (state) so we don't get to see each other very often at all. Anyway, we've been keeping up with each other in listening to Spanish podcasts. They are called Notes in Spanish and we are on the "Inspired Beginners" level. Even though I had two years in high school and a semester here, there's a ton I don't know. I highly recommend these podcasts because they are the best free ones I've found. It includes lots of vocab lessons and phrases that people actually use (not just textbook information) and then has two sets of dialog in spanish, which is afterwards explained. Justin and I both listen to each podcast at least twice to make sure we are getting all of the information given. It's no Rosetta Stone, but it's better than nothing! We also try to write short notes to each other in Spanish and have been trying to read Spanish articles online with a great deal of help from 

Yesterday RaeLea and I went to the mall on a mission to find wedding shoes for her. We were successful in our endeavors and she came home with two pairs to try on next week with her dress during spring break. I haven't been to the mall here, and even though I try to usually avoid malls, it was a fun day together without the stress of tons of homework to attend to. This is her last week of student teaching at public school so she's letting the teacher take over once again. We are both so excited for spring break and the chance to relax! When I come back, I'm bringing boxes and packing supplies because we'll be out of here before we know it. 

I hope everyone is having an excellent spring day! ¡Hasta la vista!
3/5/2012 11:55:46 am

Happy Spring to you too, Shelby. Hope your presentation in Research Writing went well. Sounds like your trip to the mall went well. Spring is here and Spring break will be here soon!


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