Last week, I took the first part of my big Danish test. Ever since, people have asked me how it went, and I’m never quite sure what to say. It was a writing and reading-comprehension test, and I guess it went fine, but I can’t really say until I get the results (next week). There were a lot of questions during the reading-comprehension part that I just wasn’t sure about, which is a little nerve-wracking, considering that was the part of the test that I was least worried about. And the subjects for the written part were good, and write-about-able, so I’m hoping for the best.
Now I’ve started a new class specifically for preparing for the spoken part of the test (mine’s on June 17th) and am getting continually more nervous for that one, as I expected. I’m practicing my weird Danish vowels, something I haven’t really focused on before, and again, just hoping to pull a good topic that I feel comfortable talking about (for example, education, as opposed to something like politics). But we’re practicing a lot in class, which also gives us a good opportunity to use the phrases we’ve been stowing away for when we have no idea how to answer a question (like: “That’s a very broad question…” “I’ve never given that a thought, but I could imagine that…” etc.). After all, it is a language test, not a test on how much we know about the given topics, so as long as we sound coherent, and fluent, that’s the most important thing.
I’m really excited for the big test to be over. We get our oral results as soon as we’re finished with the exam, so at that point, I’ll know my whole score, and whether or not it’s good enough to qualify me for the next class, or if I’ll have to retake the test again in November. I’ll feel better once I know that, and can start making a plan (or rather, hopefully not making a plan). However, when I’m done with the test, I’ll have no more Danish classes, which are basically the only real thing I have going on in my life. I’ll then have a good six to nine weeks to essentially “do nothing” although I’ll really be getting ready for (and freaking out about) the baby.
In other baby news, oh my goodness is it strong. I got kicked in the belly yesterday so hard that it felt like someone snapped a really thick rubberband against the inside of my belly. I gasped and clutched at my stomach, which really freaked Andreas out, and the spot’s still really tender. I’ve also relapsed back into the first trimester exhaustion that I had in the wintertime, only now, I don’t get to sleep until 10 or 11 every day, and instead have to be up at seven, and it feels like torture. Even today, when I got to sleep in until 9, I felt ready for a nap three or four hours later. I’d sort of forgotten what all this was like and left it in the haze that was those first three months, but boy am I remembering.
However, I’m being ambitious tonight, and am going to try a new recipe (chickpea curry!) and even make some basic chocolate mousse (just chocolate and water) to eat with some strawberries I bought yesterday. I was going to make strawberry shortcakes, but Andreas has been struggling with allergies lately (milk and sugar) and even though strawberry shortcakes are actually a pretty allergy-light dessert, I’d still feel guilty. Luckily, I remembered the mousse from when I made it when we lived in Sweden, and I’m excited to try it again! Of course, there’s a bit of sugar in it, as there is in the sliced strawberries, but…you’ve gotta live a little.
Meanwhile, I’m trying to decide if I have time for a nap before I embark on kitchen adventures, since Andreas is going to badminton after work today and won’t be home until later…
PS-I realize that alllllll of my posts lately have been dry and pictureless, and that’s because I…haven’t been taking pictures. But I’m trying to get better at taking some, and thinking about doing photo-a-day June, as well, to maybe get me started up again.