Usando espanol sin miedo

¿Cómo se dice…? Usando el español en el trabajo sin miedo

Hoy aprendí algo nuevo: como decir “texto negrita” en español. Esto no es algo que aprendí cuando era niña estudiando español en escuela ni jugando con otros niños durante el recreo.

Ahora lo sé como describir texto en negrita gracias a Google y confirmado por mi colega peruana.

Cada vez que hablo o escribo en otra idioma me da vergüenza. Me siento como el emoji que es un monito cubriendo los ojos. 🙈 Claro que me cuesta mucho hablar, escribir, y pensar en español, pero es peor comunicar en chino. Inglés es muy fácil 😉

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Overcoming my fear of using spanish at work

¿Cómo se dice…? Overcoming My Fear of Using Spanish at Work

Today I learned how to say “bold text” in Spanish thanks to Google and confirmed by my coworker. By the way, it’s “texto en negrita,” if you’re curious.

That’s something I definitely did not learn as a kid on the playground or in the classroom.

Every time I speak a language that’s not my own I wince internally. It’s so difficult to express myself let alone do it in an eloquent or grammatically proper way. It’s much easier to revert to English if given the opportunity…as shown by this blog post 😉

At the same time it is a bit fun to practice other languages at work, even though that’s not the primary focus of my job, speaking a second and third language have come in handy during various times.

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Fathers Day 2018

My Dad Called to Explain How to Drive in a Roundabout

My dad just called to explain how to drive in a roundabout. I am…well, I won’t say how old I am, but I have been driving for long enough to have mastered the roundabout. I guess he thought I might be confused by the new traffic pattern on my parent’s street and wanted to make sure I arrived safely at their house when visiting.

On the one hand I was incredulous: “Really, Dad? Do you think I don’t know how to drive in a roundabout?”, but on the other hand, it was really very sweet.

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Being Satisfied With My Very Best

Being Satisfied with My Very Best

“Can we not talk about your sister because she’s doing so much it kind of stresses me out?” I was hiking with two friends one afternoon in the spring rain when this comment caught me by surprise.

Just the other night, my sister was telling me about how everything was falling apart. Her grad school experiment was not working, she had her missed her running practice, and her and her husband were in the midst of moving .

It all goes to show that everything is a matter of perspective.

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How to Find a Good Roommate

How to Find a Good Roommate

Your roommate * just landed her dream job…and will be moving to Narnia. You are so happy all her hard work has payed off, but also kind of annoyed. Why can’t she just live out her dreams in this city? From this very apartment?

They are engaged! How sweet! Congratulations to the cutest couple. But also I am seriously regretting ever introducing the two of you. Why are you getting married and leaving me?

Have many of you have every felt like this?! (Just me?)

Finding a good roommate after college is hard and once you find one, you think, PLEASE NEVER LEAVE ME. Unfortunately, life happens and even the best roommies have to break up, as noted by the aforementioned totally hypothetical examples.

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Books a lively fancy read in 2017

Book Review: What I Read in 2017

I’m a bit late to the game, but I see people are listing what they read last year, so I thought I’d join in. I say “read,” but the truth is I listened to the majority of these books. Does that still count? I know some people hate how the narrator does voices in audio books, but I actually love it.

As I’ve mentioned before, I usually try to borrow books from the library instead of buying them and fortunately the library has two excellent apps for downloading audio books – OverDrive and Hoopla – in addition to Kindle for e-books.

Here’s what I read in 2017 in no particular order. I only included books that I read (or listened to) cover to cover…and not ones that I started and then abandoned. I tried to include whether or not I liked the books, but so much of that is subjective so you’ll have to decide on your own. There are no spoilers so it’s safe to read. 

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Training up the next generation of busy bodies

Training Up the Next Generation of Busybodies

“Jonesy is on the balcony with a little girl looking through a set of binoculars.”


“I think she’s training the next generation of busybodies.”

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Glasses Comfort over Vanity

When Comfort Is More Important than Vanity

I was in 5th grade when my mother took me to the optometrist for the first time because I couldn’t see the writing on the board from the back of the class. I desperately didn’t want glasses, but knew better than to argue with my mom. At least I got to pick out the frames. They were kid-sized, oval-shaped and made of dull red wire.

“Look at the leaves on the tree outside,” the technician told me while my lenses were being cut. “And then look again when you get your new glasses.”

I followed the instructions and was shocked. I thought I could see the leaves before, but now I could REALLY see. Each leaf was individual, vivid, and somehow brighter. When I took the glasses off they looked like a fuzzy clump. It was AMAZING!

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American Flag Cake

Happy Birthday, America! A Look Back at 4th of July Desserts

I love baking and each year that I’m in town I usually make a red, white and blue 4th of July dessert. I’m not sure what I’ll make this year, but in honor of America’s birthday, which is right around the corner, here’s a look back at a few of my past 4th of July creations.

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Training for a half marathon in summer

Training for a Half Marathon in the Summer – Am I Crazy?!

The alarm goes off and I wake up after hitting snooze only once. I have to get my run in while it’s still cool outside. I check the weather; it’s already 78 degrees and 86% humid and it’s only 6 AM! Well…there goes my plan to beat the heat. I’m not a morning person so this is all the excuse I need to skip my run and crawl back under the covers.

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