on the second day of my birthday month, I feel qualified to say that 27 is going to be rich in new experiences and most importantly, those of my own choosing. the difference between now and say 25 is the confidence I’ve mustered to live in exactly the way I’d like and make rationalizations for it to make other people more comfortable or accepting-something we both believe in rather strongly. so there’s that. talk about freedom.
we spent the weekend on a whirlwind roadtrip to ohio and back for a family event. this was the first time I ever traveled across our adopted state and I have to say, the views were beautiful once you looked past the blockades of 18-wheelers. there were rolling hills and old barns and cows…and it was just so green, I couldn’t get over that. I suppose all this time in the city makes those formerly boring landscapes somewhat of a novelty. I cooked up a storm before we left and made a spread that we enjoyed on the roof of the car in the red lobster parking lot off of I-470 W. it was delicious…and hot.
back in the city and i’m granted a few days to gather my thoughts before beginning a new opportunity: teaching ESL (english as a second language) to adults. I sort of stumbled upon this by chance and everything just fell into place. I’ll be collaborating with several other teachers and together we’ll teach 15 spanish-speaking students who work in the restaurant community here in the city. my spanish is mediocre at best but i’m determined. [if anyone has experience and words of wisdom regarding effective adult education strategies, please send them my way!]
less than two months away, on our seventh anniversary, we take off for Spain! we’ll spend a couple of days in madrid followed by a week in the andalusia region- seville, granada, a couple of tiny towns in-between. a year since our last journey, we’re ready, excited and filled with so much gratitude. and no, we’re not getting married while we’re there. but i’ll admit the idea more than crossed our minds, more than once.