Spaying, Teaching, Celebrating…

Peekaboo looking outside our bedroom windowTomorrow I am taking Peekaboo to the vet to be spayed. I hate to put her through the trauma, but there is no help for it. So I am a bit distracted, well, even a bit distraught, right now. I know that this is for her own good, and the others are spayed/neutered, too, but I just want it to be all over, and have her back safe and sound with me. I took a few photos of her sweet trusting little face earlier this afternoon, as though she will look at me differently from now on, with mistrust or even hatred! I know, I know, I am being silly. But it was an excuse to take lots of photos. This one is my favourite.

Change of subject. Today, as I was driving home from work, I thought about how much I have come to love my students. They are sooo entertaining. In fact, I am beginning to suspect that at least a couple of them must have attended drama school at some point in the past. Their funny nonverbal communication skills include comical faces, animated gesticulation, rapid speech (usually in Italian, as much as I try to forbid it!)…in short, everything you would expect from the stereotypical image of an excited Italian. And more! When one of my students makes a mistake, she rolls her eyes and flails her arms about, finally throwing her head down on the table (with an audible bonk!). Another screws up her face in pretend agony, then bursts into peals of infectious laughter. I should really start taking notes (or making videos!) for my upcoming bestselling book titled “Laughing English.” 😉

I thought that my intermediate English students would be happy today at the news that I wanted to tell them a joke (mostly in the past tense, which is what we are studying at the moment) instead of doing grammar. A joke versus grammar? Where’s the competition? But, oh no, they began protesting loudly that they couldn’t understand jokes even in Italian (yeah, likely story!). Silly beans! I mean, I had to CONVINCE them to listen to the joke! In the end, they did understand it (one of my blog jokes, actually), including the irregular forms of the past tense, AND they liked it. 🙂 Yes, it was a fun lesson. We all enjoyed it.

Last but certainly NOT least, Stefano got some excellent news today regarding his job. YIPPEEEEEE!!! I can’t wait for him to get home and tell me all the details. Fidget fidget…fidget! We have some celebrating to do later this evening. Oh, if only I weren’t taking my baby to the vet tomorrow morning…!!! 🙁


  1. Congratulations to Stefano on his exciting news! Please give him my best! I hope your kitty feels better really soon too.

    One quick question for ya! What do you know about Glutamine supplements? I just read about it on another website and it sounds good! I didn’t see a blog on this topic on your list but I feel there surely must be some info in there somewhere! As always, I appreciate your opinion! Thanks, Donna

  2. I know just how you feel about taking your little one to the vet! She’ll be fine! And she’ll always love you!

    Bravo Stefano!!!

    Thanks for the wonderful description of your English class. “Laughing English” is a great title. Look forward to reading it.


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