Completion is not my forte. I start new projects with all the passion and commitment of an Olympic athlete preparing for his big day. I write down my goals, map out a plan, and throw myself into it with enough fervor to make a whirling dervish's head spin. For the first few weeks, I consistently follow my plan and place proud check-marks by each accomplished item.
|Yep. Once upon a time, I meant|
to learn Old English. Does "fo shizzle"
count as old English these days?
That apocalyptic novella I started? Yeah, it's still stuck in chapter five. Who knows if Caroline will make it out of the burning car alive.
Continuing with my martial arts? Um, still one step away from black belt. Like I've been for the last eight years...
Developing a bucket list of places in Virginia? Well, if by bucket list, you mean a bunch of doodles on college-ruled paper, sure!
So knowing this about me, you can recognize the momentousness of the occasion when I announce that after 18 months, not only am I still sticking with a project, but I've actually reached a milestone in it.
I FINALLY finished Level 1 of #RosettaStone #Deutsch! ENDLICH!!! (Only took me 18 months...) #ttot #travel #languagelearning #followthroughAnd apparently only two people are proud of me. Woot.
— Thrifty Gypsy (@ThriftyGypsy87) February 20, 2015
You read that correctly. I, Katrina Can't-Ever-Finish-A-Project-to-Save-Her-Life-Unless-It's-Work-Related-And-By-Work-I-Mean-I-Get-Paid-For-It Elisabet, actually finished Level 1 of Rosetta Stone. Albeit, after 18 months.
My husband purchased four levels of the Rosetta Stone German edition as a birthday present to me in August 2013. I had all these big plans to complete Level One before our trip to Germany this past July so that I could carry on deep, meaningful conversations with Danny's Oma. You know, the ones in which I comment about the weather (Der Regen in Spanien faellt vor allem in dem Flachland*), complain about the neighbor (Die Macht ist stark in diesem einen*), or bemoan the current political upheaval in Ukraine (Nie mitmachen Sie in einem Landkreig in Asien*).
But better late than not at all, yes? So with another trip to Germany coming up in 68 days, I'm ready to tackle some new, totally-realistic goals when it comes to this language learning adventure:
- Get halfway through Level 2 of Rosetta Stone.
- Learn one joke to tell our German friends over a maß in der bierzelt. (And don't give me that gab about Germans having no sense of humor; they totally do.)
- Increase my vocabulary enough to have one sincere conversation with Oma in which I state my (memorized) piece, then smile and nod when she replies and I have no idea what she's saying.
So let it be written, so let it be done.**
Heck, who am I fooling? If I can just follow the conversation without getting lost in a sea of I-Don't-Know-What-That-Word-Means, then I'll call the trip a win.
Linking up with A Brit and a Southerner, A Southern Gypsy, Carmen's Luxury Travel, Justin Plus Lauren, and Outbound Adventurer for the #WeekendWanderlust!
** Ten Commandments reference. Again, see above.