How to Overcome Jet Lag

Traveling east always wipes me out, but after my most recent trip to the US I’m trying to beat jet lag by sheer force of will. Here’s how: Saturday: Arrive home like a zombie. Sunday: Take lots of naps. Monday: Set a 9:30 AM doctor appointment. Tuesday: Schedule home repairs taking all day starting at … Continue reading How to Overcome Jet Lag

Chocolate Lies

I had a gross learning experience this week. You see, I don’t particularly like milk chocolate and will always choose dark chocolate instead. Not super dark, but the kind that isn’t particularly sweet and has around 70% cocoa solids. When we lived in Aachen, we discovered the Lindt factory there and I fell in love. … Continue reading Chocolate Lies

Can you even?

I feel like the past month has been a lot of me just repeating to myself, “I can’t even.” Followed by sharing news articles, contacting my representatives in the US government, and donating to causes I support. It borders on overwhelming, but I’m trying my best to stay engaged. Which also means doing my best … Continue reading Can you even?

Quite a Challenge

I’m currently reading a book, That’s Not English, all about the similarities and differences between British and American English. It’s delightful! And I wish I had discovered it earlier. (I picked it up by chance at the library while browsing a stand of recommended books.) I was especially shocked to discover a meaning for the … Continue reading Quite a Challenge

Learning German: Combining research and helping refugees learn a new language

Their idea was to design a top-notch, intensive, free language course for a group of refugees — and to partner with these newcomers in a language experiment. There’s a debate about the best way to teach German to nonnative speakers, Goucha says. Often, teachers start with a heavy dose of vocabulary and leave German syntax … Continue reading Learning German: Combining research and helping refugees learn a new language

Public Libraries in the UK

Have you ever heard of Public Lending Right in the UK & Ireland? I hadn’t! It’s the right for authors to get paid (like royalties) when their books are lent out by public libraries. It boils down to this: A representative sample of libraries (with membership that rotates over time) reports its aggregate lending data each … Continue reading Public Libraries in the UK

Goodbye, 2016!

Highlights from the last week of 2016: Visiting my husband’s cousin and taking an hour-long walk around her neighborhood on a chilly, sunny morning Eating the rest of my Christmas cinnamon rolls Dancing about 15 hours of tango to inspiring music, with lovely leaders, on a well-behaved dance floor Eating really excellent fish tacos! Walking … Continue reading Goodbye, 2016!