Tags: malta

dancer, belly dance, joy

In My Sights

https://events.elitefeats.com/hks21
https://events.elitefeats.com/hks21
I can not do everything, but I can do something.  I must not fail to do the something that I can do. ~ Helen Keller

So, I found a 5K race for April! And, it's coming up fast. I chose this one for the obvious--I'm racing for myself and potentially for my daughter who has also been diagnosed with autoimmune (hopefully not Sjogren's & lupus now or down the road, but she does have Crohn's). When I started to learn Braille (I still suck at it) I was shocked at the lack of Braille and large print books and a little disappointed in the choices for audiobooks (though there are enough audiobooks out there to keep me busy for the next decade, but I would like to see that expanded, too).

It has been a seriously tough couple of weeks. Ironically, my eyes are probably the best thing going for me right now. The migraines have been endless. Some of them have been creative, but most have not. Yesterday was crashed in bed by 3pm bad, but today looks better so far. *knocks wood*

Every other day seems to be the pattern for being too sick to move, so on the days in between, I'm fairly productive. Banking on that pattern today, as I have much to do. On today's agenda is going through boxes of junk that have been stored in the garage for eons. Tomorrow is trash day, and it's my goal to fill up a 30-gallon can with papers & miscellany we don't need anymore.

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cookie, christmas, derpy, gingerbread boy

I'm baaa-ack (Nochebuena pensamientos)

With just a couple of sentiments and thoughts.

The electrician was here for TWO HOURS and still hasn't fixed our electricity woes. Santa won't have a lighted tree to find tonight. Hopefully he'll see that we decorated the outside trees, so he'll know to stop here. The electrician will return this weekend. Hopefully all will be resolved then...or we will know for sure that we have to rewire the house. (This makes me a bit sad, because I LOVED our little tree with the peaceful blue lights and all the snow-related ornaments...)

That said, I ran out of room in hubs's stocking, so I half-filled my stocking too. Which is a good thing, because apparently I've been a bad girl in years past, and have ended up with an empty stocking on Christmas Morning, so it will at least have SOMETHING in it this year. Hubs is only getting one non-stocking gift this year because I'm paying for a good portion of our Malta trip.

It seems crazy, but I have EVERYTHING ready for tomorrow and it's only 5pm. It helps that I didn't have my daughter's gigantic stocking to fill (I always overestimate what I fill her stocking with, so usually have to include a couple of smaller wrapped gifts to fill it! lol It's GINORMOUS!) nor her fiance's. Although I didn't look specifically for stocking stuffers for them this year, I couldn't pass up one small gift that would have ended up in their stockings, so I'm repurposing it as a Wisemen's gift (January 6th).

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cookie, christmas, derpy, gingerbread boy

Maltese

I know I said that Malta speaks English for the most part. That said...I have about 5 months to learn Maltese conversationally before our trip. It is definitely different than any other language I've ever studied. I think that's what makes it sooo attractive. It has roots in Middle-Eastern languages, but also has hints of some Romantic languages, so I think I can grasp at least some of its roots, and basic vocabulary, if nothing else.

Flag of Malta
Flag of Malta

I am really trying to not build up my hopes too high, as the world is still fraught with COVID. That said, I really do hope we all can travel abroad by May next year. I know we were saying the same exact thing 5 months ago, however...I'm that Pollyanna optimist who believes things will be better by then.

Also, I know I retired from droning, but the upper left-hand corner of the Malta flag reallyREALLYreally looks like a drone.

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Boy-Mandemic Update

I now know how to keep the man-boy entertained while our city is shut down again...make future plans. We just booked a trip to Malta, for May 2021. It came with insurance, as in, we can cancel 72 hours in advance for any reason whatsoever. We don't get a refund, but 100% of what we paid would be applied to a new trip. I hope, beyond hope, that Europe, the Americas and the rest of the world will be open for tourism by then. It also gives me 6 months to study up on Malta. This is not even a bucket list trip, folks. Never even considered Malta as a destination, but the price was too good and we are jonesing for some beach time. The one really cool thing I discovered is that English is spoken in Malta. I don't have to learn Maltese, though we are directionally challenged & plan to go on some excursions outside of St. Julian, so I'll study up on some helpful phrases. (It has been my experience that the farther you stray from a major foreign city, the less likely that people will understand English...) It is unlike any other language I've ever studied, so I'm kind of excited to learn a little Maltese.

Tourism photo of Malta. Look at that brilliant aqua!
Tourism photo of Malta. Look at that brilliant aqua!
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