It’s June 10th. I can’t believe it’s already June 10th. There’s nothing especially special about the date or anything, it just seems like all of a sudden it’s summer and not spring, and my exams are closer to being over than they are to having started, and also, my due date is in less than two months. So there’s that.
My little sister is making her super long car trip with my parents over to Louhelen today, which reminded me that five years ago today, I was making the same trip, in the same car. But back then, I had no idea that in just a couple of months, I’d be meeting the man I’d get to have a big ol’ crush on, fall in love with, marry, and quickly get started on a family with. I was totally ignorant to how happy I was going to end up being, or how exciting (at times) and boring (at other times) and always really lovely our future was going to be. I’m actually slightly secretly (well, not so secretly anymore, I guess) hoping the baby will be born on the five-year anniversary of when we met (August 11th) just because I’m a sucker for things like that.
In other, not as sentimental, news, my written exam went well. As I explained last time, Denmark has a 12-scale grading system, which goes from -03 to 12 (-03, 00, 02(first passing grade), 04, 07, 10, and 12) and I had to get tens in both sections to go on to the university-prep level Danish class. I got a 10 in the writing section, and a 12 in the reading-comprehension, and to be honest, I was slightly disappointed that I didn’t get a 12 in writing, because I’m that kind of nerd who was afraid of getting a four, but was secretly hoping for a 12 anyway. But the point is that I passed with scores good enough to go on, so as long as I do well next Monday in my oral exam, I’ll be all set!
I’ve been working on my presentation, but got sick (again!) yesterday, which led to napping and not working on my presentation. I’m back at it again, doing innumerable practice runs, and sneezing every few sentences, which throws my timing all off (it has to be two minutes long). I’m also suffering from a constant layer of anxiety that won’t go away until next Monday at around 2 pm when I’m DONE.
The oral exam goes like this: Part One: student gives a two-minute monologue on a pre-assigned topic (mine is Crafting in Denmark- Tradition and Renewal, which sounds really boring, but was a gem in my eyes!). Then three minutes are devoted for the examiner to ask student questions about said topic. Part Two: Student randomly draws one of three topics (we don’t know what they are ahead of time) and is then given a couple of pictures that relate to the topic, which they have to then describe. Then they spend the next four minutes answering questions about the topic.
It could go smoothly enough, and I’m obviously really hoping it does, but honestly I’m really freaked out about the second part, mostly. It’s just so up to chance, and after looking at sample topics from previous years’ exams, I’m afraid of getting something like “crime and punishment in Denmark” or “surveillance” which I really don’t know how to talk about in English, let alone Danish. So if anyone remembers, cross your fingers for me next Monday.
Anyway, the rest of June is pretty full, event-wise. We have a non-baptism baptism to go to (basically just a baby-party, and who doesn’t like a baby-party?!), my test, Baha’i events, and in the two free-ish weekends, we have to start getting stuff ready for the baby because I can sense a panic attack right around the corner if we don’t “get on” that soon. I think I’m beginning to feel the pressure after a recent growth spurt. Andreas and I both felt like I stayed about the same size for a good month and a half, but we knew that a change was just around the corner, and boy were we right. When I saw the photos from this week’s “belly picture,” I was pretty taken aback. We don’t have any full-length mirrors in the apartment, and my view from “up above” is quite skewed, so I hadn’t realized I’d gotten quite this big:
Now that’s a lot of belly. Two months to go! Hopefully I get a bit of a break before the next growth spurt, because this guy’s getting heavy to cart around.