Yesterday O enrolled in English classes at the institute where I used to teach. These classes are only on Saturdays, so the course advance is pretty aggressive and he'll have to pay attention to keep up.
Now, you might think that after being married to an English speaker for 5 years, that O might speak English pretty well by now, but think again. His ideas were that since I am here and we are together, he could just learn English any time, without any schedule or effort on his part. Maybe it would all just soak in somehow, maybe by osmosis. And that's been true for some of it. But there comes a time when the easy part is over and some effort has to be made. In order to ensure that he makes an effort, he had to PAY. When he got hit in the pocket, then he began to pay attention. His first class is on Saturday. I hope he does as well as he thinks he will. He glanced through the first book and declared it to be too easy. We'll see. At least it might get him talking and practicing. Then we can play SCRABBLE! WOO HOO!
In other news, I finished my Odyssey Rock Ranch socks this week and they are fabulous! If you have never worn alpaca on your feet, you need to. I started a second pair yesterday, and look forward to finishing them up in about 2 weeks, if my schedule stays the same as it is right now. Unfortunately, the camera batteries crapped out (as usual) just as I was taking the picture, so I'll have to wait for new ones.
"The Eclectic Sole" arrived in the mail yesterday, and I'm tickled with all the inspiration! It's my first sock book! None of the socks in this book are long enough in the cuff for me - I don't care much at all for short little anklets - but they all can be modified. Heaven knows I can't just knit a pattern...I have to tweak it somehow, so I'll be tweaking away to make longer cuffs!