Sorry, I don’t know why all these photos are miniature! Argh.
I love Spain. Maybe more than Italy and France. Probably more.
I grew up in California and Spanish words were part of our vocabulary, just tossed in as slang or whatever …. cerveza, adios, que pasa …
I took Spanish in high school and didn’t take it seriously. More than 20 years later I am still kicking myself for this. I was offended by my haughty Spanish teacher who took me to task for goofing around in class by telling me, “You cannot have class unless you speak two languages.”
My response to him (the one I said in my head) is unprintable.
Now I believe he was right.
I took several Spanish classes in college, still not very serious and then took three Spanish classes AFTER college. So you think I’d be on my way to fluency? Noooooo.
In fact, I bought this book to start from square one again with my Spanish and will continue my studies until I am fluent without any breaks for fooling around … wish me luck. I’ve procrastinated way too long.
BOOK GIFT ————————————————-
I received an awesome Christmas present this year. Adriana Trigiani sent me an uncorrected proof of her new book, Brava Valentine:
I almost never buy new books. I have mentioned this before, but I usually check a book out from the library at least once and know I love it before I ever purchase it for my bookshelves. However, I love Adriana’s books so much that I always buy them new, each and every time she has a new one.
She is very open to her readers and called into my bookclub meeting last year. Because of this, she sent me this advanced copy of her book. Happy, happy, joy, joy!
And here’s the kicker, unlike a lot of bloggers who get swag (maybe I need to find out how to get me some of that) I never have and Adriana has NO CLUE I even have a blog and how I rave and rave to everyone who will listen about how much I love her books.
Of course, I’m sure there is some publicity angle to sending me the book, but it is a down home, grass roots effort, I believe, which I find charming.
Full disclosure: If you do want to buy the book and click on my link, someday I will get some money for it. So far, my amazon account for people clicking on my links has $1.16 in it, which of course, is better than nothing, so it’s more of a convenience than a way for me to get rich quick ; )