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How many languages do you you speak?
Basically I speak two languages, English and German. German was my first language and I understand it very well but I am very hesitant to use it. Growing up I had to go to German school on Saturdays and I hated it. Whenever my parents or their friends spoke to me in German I would answer in English. When I turned 18 I sang in a German choir and did so for 27 years.
What are some words that just make you smile?
The first word that makes me smile is my granddaughter’s name – Winnie. I can’t help but smile when I think of her or hear someone utter her name. Come to think of it all the names of my loved ones make me smile. Other words that make me smile are love, art, summer vacation, cottage, puppy and party.
If you were the original architect of one existing building, which building would you select?
This is tough because there are lots of buildings that I would be proud to put my name on, even ones that have been somewhat controversial. I love old and new but I think the one that stands out for me at the moment is the AGO. It is a combination of old and new. Several years ago it underwent a renovation and I simply love the lines and all the wood on the inside. The architect is Frank Gehry.
New addition: The Italian Gallery
Would you rather have telepathy or telekinesis? (Telepathy is the communication using your brain waves, telekinesis is channeling the energy onto physical objects to cause substantial, observable physical changes.)
I think I’d rather have telepathy. It would be neat to be able to send messages without opening my mouth.
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I’m grateful for being able to check off more items from my to do list. As you know June is extremely busy for me at school. Every time I’m able to cross off another item it takes a huge weight off my shoulders.
Things that are done:
2 retirement parties- collected money and bought gift for one
Jump Rope for Heart – money collected and prizes distributed
Report cards written, proofread and printed
Timetables for next year organized
Father’s Day gift bought and BBQ with the family
Year end school concert
Rehearsals for grade five farewell
book club for June
finished paintings with the students for the stage
son’s wedding via the internet
city finals for girls’ soccer
taking 78 students to Jays’ baseball game to sing the national anthems
This week I’m looking forward to the grade 5 farewell assembly, play day, cleaning up my office in the library, the staff party and making final arrangements for our trip to Italy. Most of all I’m looking forward to getting on that plane next Saturday. Phew! I’m tired just thinking about it.