I have no idea why today was so difficult. Work was challenging, but nothing crazy. Driving home had a bad pocket of volume, but no reason behind it once we passed the area. And then at home, everyone was on edge and short with each other.
No idea. Just a bad day of feeling poopy.
Now I’m laying in bed getting ready to go to sleep, when something completely obscure occurred to me…
You poo poo.
As in “poo” the action.
And “poo” the product.
Or am I calling you a name?
“Poo poo.” It doesn’t make any sense. Kind of like today’s blog. But it brought me a giggle to irritate my wife by annunciating the word “poo” with different inflections.
Finally, she said “You poo poo” to me. Pretty sure it was meant an insult. However she did giggle after.
I can now go to sleep happy after a conversation with my oldest where she asked, “Does Pooh poo poo-poo?” That sentence alone makes sense. Because you can also ask, “ Does poo-poo poo Pooh?”
In two months time, my family and I are traveling to Japan. So far we have plane tickets and the hotel booked. We have been browsing online to figure out some ideas for the trip which is exciting- but I know zero Japanese words.
I need to change that. Immediately. So I found a video online to help me that is silly and fun. Time to teach this old dog new tricks!
I mentioned briefly in a previous post about wanting to travel to Tokyo to see Disneyland. More like I wrote numerous blog posts about our adventure. I also mentioned that I wanted to learn Japanese before we go. Maybe I only mentioned it on my Facebook, but hey those are most of my readership anyways.
So I first went on a search to find some classes nearby. No real success. Next I decided to search online for advice on learning Japanese. Many sites recommended numerous apps. This lead me to downloading one that seemed perfect for my beginner brain.
And because I downloaded it on my Apple ITunes account, it is now shared with my children on their devices. Now the competition to learn is on! We began with the basics of numbers and pronounciations. The other night at the dinner table we were yelling numbers at each other in English and Japanese.
For a free app it has brought us such joy. So I decided to pay for the full app. Not only did it unlock the Japanese lessons, but now we can learn the basics of other languages as well. Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, German, and Mandarin are all included for the low price of $27.99. That is essentially the cost of a text book.
This is going to be beneficial for our trip. My children and I are going to each learn a language. Firstly, we are having fun with Japanese and my kids are beating me at their knowledge retention on the numbers alone.
What I am going to do over the next few months is to take each lesson and try to learn it the way I remember being taught how to learn French in school. Start with numbers, months, greetings, etc… just to learn the basics. I’m hoping that this will give me a strong foundation to survive a few days in another country.
Plus, you’re never too old to learn something new. I’m going to keep working on making myself a better person as I continue to age.