Thursday, September 27, 2007

Blowin' in the Wind

Just a reminder to visit my students' blog: Blowin' in the Wind. There are memes to participate in, comments to leave, and even a poll to take! :) fun stuff! Make sure you check it out!

(end of shameless self promotion)

Have a great day!


Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Love this!

It's bedtime--I know that. But I wanted to share this tidbit I found over at Shelley's Really Rome blog: these Italian lessons that she learned after moving to Rome are great--make sure you read "#7--Avoid Embarassing Mistakes." Ahh...anyone who has ever lived in Italy has found themselves face to face with these issues: pushing all of the "Tirare" (pull) doors when trying to leave the bar is embarassing enough, but Shelley handles her first meeting with her mother-in-law in a particularly interesting fashion!

Hey, seeing as, when I studied here nine years ago, I met my future husband by entering a bar with Corrie and our friend Erin and shouting out, "BuonGIORNO!" (good morning) at 11 o'clock at night, I've discovered that sometimes mistakes are worth making...and offer great stories to tell later. And anyway, what's better than regular romance when you can have the multilingual international kind? :)

Now I'm really off to bed. G'nite!


Buon Anniversario Mamma e Babbo!

I just wanted to send out warm wishes for a Happy Anniversary to my parents, who celebrate today! 37 years of marriage...pretty amazing!

I miss you and love you both! Happy Anniversary from both Antonello and me.

- Jackie

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

A little behind

While Corrie has been a busy blogger, I have been shying away from all things "Allora Aspetta!" lately while getting back into the swing of things here at home. we had a wonderful trip back to the states in August, and getting back to Italy took a bit of time to adjust to, but now things are getting normal again.

Antonello and me at the top of the Empire State Building in late August

There's so much to say about our trip back home--it was three weeks long!--that I really need to just start fresh, with a new blog entry, and pour it all out. But for now I'll just do a quick summary for those three weeks we spent back home--starting in New York City in the afternoon, with lost luggage and friendly family faces, heading home to Chicago then Indianapolis, and then finally settling in for a few days at home. We spent a lot of time with family, since my grandmother's memorial service took place while we were in Indianapolis (she passed away this summer), and all of my mother's side of the family came home for that. We spent time with friends too, and we even took a couple of days "off" to head up north to Milwaukee, see the beautiful Calatrava art museum, and hang out with friends who we hadn't seen for a couple of years. And we spent a lot of time with my immediate family, as much as we could, before heading back to New York for our last hurrah--a couple of days touring, no lost luggage, dinner with old friends, and plenty of insider sites to see (we stayed with my cousin who is a jazz musician there). It was a wonderful end to a full, yet relaxing trip to the states.

We got back at the start of September, and already there's a lot to write about, but for the moment I'm just going to mention that school has started back up, leaving me with another 10 day intensive English course in my hands, and, as seems to be the start of a little tradition, the beginning of a new school blog. Check out their good work over at "Blowin' In The Wind" and be sure to leave encouraging comments! It's another good group of students, so they will be pleased with all of the comments they can get :)!

More soon---really! I've got a lot to catch up on (hikes in the mountains, a trip to Abruzzo and Gran Sasso, and an already infamous journey up north with my dear friend Cyndi to the town of Urbino--me driving the whole way. Yikes!)

- Jackie