So there’s this “blog every day in May” thing going on, and here I am, letting my blog whither and die in May. Oops.
I don’t even know quite what it’s been…But I’m hoping to pick it up again, and while I’m not going to resolve to post every day for the rest of May, I’m hoping to do a lot better than I have been doing!
So, my birthday is on Wednesday, but what is by far overshadowing that is that I have Part One of my Prøve i Dansk 3 which is my big Danish test (let’s call it PD3 so that I don’t have to keep switching back and forth between English and Danish keyboard configurations…). I imagine it kind of like Mordor, casting its looming black shadow over the Shire (my birthday). But the good news is that we’ve done a few practice tests, and I’ve gotten between 10 and 12 on all of them (on a 12-scale which looks like this: -03, 00 (which are both failing) then 02, 04, 07, 10, and 12) Please don’t ask me why the scale goes from negative three to positive twelve because I am even more confused than you. The important thing to know is that to get into the next class that I need to get into in order to take the next test which I need to pass to get into school here (whew!), I need to get at least 10s on every section of the test. (I’ve been told that getting one seven might not be the worst, but, this is confusing enough as it is, so let’s just say 10s). Wednesday’s test is the reading comprehension and writing sections, which is five to six hours of sitting and being tested. Part Two of the test takes place on June 17th and is the oral part, which consists of me giving a monologue, then answering questions about it, then looking at pictures and talking about those.
I think that the anxiety and worry about those has been kind of squelching a lot of my joy lately, as well as Andreas being sick for a good five weeks, and then *tada!* I get sick with whatever it is that he had. Luckily, I don’t think mine will last for five weeks, and I should be in okay stand to take my test on Wednesday. So for now, I’ll just blow my nose every couple of minutes, and be thankful that the whole fever/aches/headache stuff happened over the weekend.
We’re also getting closer to August which is when Mini-Mine is due. We managed to buy a cradle/hammock thing on Danish Craigslist a week ago, and I also got a nursing pillow, and we have a minimal amount of clothing (and some cloth diapers!) so we’re getting there… What I’m most excited to get done is to set up some serious baby-stuff storage, so we have a place to put all these things. In a less-than-500-square-foot apartment, it can get tricky to find space, but we’ll be creative, and luckily we don’t have too much junk of our own.
Being so overwhelmed with my tests, and other stuff in my life (mainly homesickness and friend-sickness) makes the whole baby thing seem a bit overwhelming at times as well, but what actually really helps me get excited for August is reading birth stories! I’m not one to get grossed out about all that, and thinking about actually having our baby and being a family makes getting the apartment ready for a baby and adjusting to life here in Denmark a bit less overwhelming. So for now, I’m just trying to focus on the positives, get over this cold, and ace my Danish tests. I’m also switching Danish teachers (starting tomorrow) so of course, I’m nervous about that as well. But as of June 17th, it’ll all be over, and I can maybe relax a bit more for a while.
I feel like I just have to hold on for the next month, and then it’ll all be okay. It feels a lot like how I felt before the last month of the semester in college, when work suddenly got crazy along with classes, projects, and finals, except this time, it’s just very important Danish tests. I’m actually am getting a bit jealous of seeing everyone’s “finals are over!” posts and graduation pictures on Facebook, while I’m just starting over here.
I’m also bracing myself for waves of nostalgia and missing-people as two of my lovely friends back in the US are getting married within the next month, and I know I’m going to see photos on top of photos and wish I could be in them. *sigh*