Hello from Jo!
Hello, everyone! It’s great to be back blogging, even if it’s only for a couple of weeks. I won’t be blogging too often this time – probably just at weekends, as I have a very busy month ahead of me. But I hope you are all well and are having a good start to 2008. If it’s not too late, I’d like to wish you all a Happy New Year!
I’d also like to say a special hello to my two student bloggers, Naheed and Ha.
Naheed, how are you doing with your studies? Did your exams go OK? I know there has been quite a bit of unrest in Pakistan since we were in last touch. I always think of you when I see Pakistan on the news and I hope you and your family are all well and safe.
And Ha, are you still working hard, burning the midnight oil? How is your job? Have you figured out What Love Is yet? If so, can you let me know? And how are your plans to study for a Master’s?
It would be great to hear from you all and get an update on what has been happening in your lives.
As for me, Richard and I are still house-hunting. House prices in the UK are still very high, although they are starting to come down slowly. I still have my four cats and my dog, Raffles. Over the past few months I have been working on a new project for a UK publisher, writing a textbook for the Caribbean market. It’s a whole new experience for me, writing for the Caribbean. I have had to do a lot of research and reading, and it’s been a really steep learning curve, but I think it’s important to challenge yourself every now and then, don’t you? I would certainly get bored if I stopped learning things. We’re due to finalise the book by the end of February, so that’s why I’m pretty tied up at the moment.
Now, the New Year is often a time for new beginnings. Here in the UK, many people make new year’s resolutions. These are essentially promises to yourself. Often they entail kicking bad habits, such as smoking; or doing something positive, such as getting fit. I don’t often make new year’s resolutions, but just for the month of January, I have decided to give up booze. I have a bit of a spare tyre after all the excesses of Christmas, which I need to get rid of. Plus, it’s also good to give the liver a bit of a rest! I also want to start going to a new gym class called BodyJam, which sounds as though it is dancing to music.
Do you all make new year’s resolutions? If so, what are your hopes and plans for 2008?
Can’t wait to hear from you all,
I’ve put the tricky vocabulary from my blog in bold below. The definitions follow underneath, but in the incorrect order. I know you all love a challenge! Can you match the vocab to the definitions?
2) burning the midnight oil
3) steep learning curve
4) tied up
7) spare tyre
* when you have to understand how to do something difficult in a short period of time
* behaving in a decadent way
* angry or violent behaviour
* giving up
* working until late
* extra fat around your waist
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