Languages and Other Things

Thirteen days ago, I thought that I would crash and do it spectacularly due to my fascination with learning so much so quickly. If you haven’t read my previous post, I wax hysterical about the prospect of learning five languages with my prediction stating that I’d like snap like a twig before too long.


I’m happy to say that I was completely wrong about this dire assessment. While I do feel a bit more sleepy and exhausted by the end of my learning session, I am no worse for the wear learning five languages than I was learning three.  I will make this my upper limit of languages concurrently absorbed though as my time is not infinite.


In other things, I am teaching myself everything I can about useful applications by means of tutorials and YouTube tutorials. My goal for this week is to learn all I can about the following applications:


  1. Google Docs
  2. Google Slides
  3. Google Sheets
  4. Microsoft PowerPoint
  5. Microsoft Publisher
  6. Microsoft Word


I am hoping, with this knowledge to more successfully navigate the online world, my own computers, and my writing and other creative abilities.


Today, I’ve learned a considerable amount about Google Docs. A lot of which I hadn’t known before. A good resource for information on this application and others is Technology for Teachers and Students.


Slowly but surely, I plan on reintegrating the rest of my academic schedule into my day as best I can. These include Khan Academy and personal reading time. It may not be for the multiple hours long blocks I previously had fixed in my schedule but it will be there.


Well, that’s all I really have time to write here today. I have other writings, studying, exercise, and reading to do.


Take care and have a fantastic day!


Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow

Practice Makes Perfect?

Perhaps it just drives one insane in the process of learning? For some unknown reason, I was, apparently, so intently interested that I decided to pick up another language on Duolingo and via language CDs. Previously, I had been learning (in this order) German, Spanish, and French. Yet, again for some reason, I felt compelled to pick up the Chinese language course.


I’m presently in practice mode on three of the languages and advancing mode on one, that language being German. Once I finish this current lesson, I’ll put a different language into advancing mode. Advancing mode to me means moving down the language tree. 


You may think that I’ve bitten off more than I can chew…and I don’t disagree with this astute assessment in the slightest. Yet, even now, I am eyeing the Korean language tree on Duolingo. I had previously tried learning it on a different site but didn’t have a back up of language CDs at the time to enable me to reinforce what I’d been learning via the application. For some outlandish reason, I feel as though I might be able to pull learning five languages off with the proper preparation now that I have said language CDs at the ready.


If I look at this logically, I can compartmentalize the three hours I set aside to practice via Duolingo five ways into thirty-six minutes per language daily.  From there, I can listen to a Language CD on a given day to boost my vocabulary during the week. Each weekday can have a language assigned where I listen and, when I have the free time (ha ha) practice writing in said language. My weekends are free…so that my brain can ooze out of my ears in weariness.


Looking at it logically, it appears doable.  Perhaps it’ll give me something to put here every once in a while even.  The cons of this being that I’ll snap like a dry twig. Ah well. I’m already eccentric. Sarcastic smile


So, I’m going to try this starting today. Since I’m picking up the new-ish language on this day, I’ll make today the day for listening to the Korean language CDs. 


Thanks for listening/reading.


Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow

Trying This Again…

Ich habe gerade vierundzwanzig Zeilen in meinem deutschsprachigen Übungstagebuch über Die Ärzte geschrieben.

Ich werde jetzt die Duolingo Sprachaufgaben üben.

Später werde ich stricken.



I just wrote twenty-four lines in my German language practice diary about Die Ärzte.

I am now going to practice Duolingo language assignments.

Later, I will knit.



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Hallo. Wilkommen in meiner Welt

Ich heiße KTC oder IchbineineTomate. Ich lerne die deutsche Sprache durch Bücher und Apps. Ich möchte dir deutsche Sprache innerhalb von drei Jahren lernen.

I am called KTC or IchbineineTomate. I am teaching myself the German language through books and Apps. I want to learn the German language within three years.

This Is A Surprise…

I’ve made the appointment to get my eyes checked. That’s locked in and waiting for my arrival.


I postponed the call to the college until I could confer with my friend. I was all prepared to go to the college and beg for a position in a career path I knew I wasn’t suitable in. I was fully prepared to do this because, quite frankly, I am sick of twiddling my thumbs, making pennies on the dollar for things due to not having a degree.


So, I took the assessment test on the college website a few times and was not that shocked to find myself sorted into the STEM career paths at a rather high percentage. 100% to be precise. What did shock me was the heavy Engineering lean it gave me. I’d never even considered it as a prospect before. I went to an Occupational High School where this wasn’t even on the table. Engineering was nowhere near any career path they told us about during the two Career Education classes I had.


Within the field I matched the highest, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the lowest salary for what I’m capable or potentially capable of is Electro-Mechanical Technician. The highest salary is Architectural and Engineering Managers but that’s not likely to happen because, while I am not misanthropic, I am definitely not a people person. So, the next down from that is Electronics Engineers, Except Computer. I guess I could go for that.


A good friend of mine says to brush up on my higher Mathematics because I’m going to need it. I guess I’ll have to dust off my Khan Academy account to get my mind ready. 


So, my days will now be comprised of Knitting/Crochet/Weaving, Writing, Khan Academy, and German Language Studies with the occasional video. I’d best change my schedule. I’d better get to it.


Until the next time, have a safe and fantastic journey around the Sun. Take care, my friends. Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow

Book Frenzy

I am way behind in my Goodreads reading quota for the year. So, to make up for it, I’ve been reading at least two books a day since yesterday to catch up. Any faster and I wouldn’t derive enjoyment from the books. Any slower and I’d get bored with the material, open something else and basically do for books what I do for knitting and crocheting.


Thus far, I’m doing pretty well. I’ve read Sonia Sotomayor’s My Beloved World…finally. I started her book in January. I must say, it was an interesting read. I learned a lot about a few things, mainly those elusive Soft Skills I wasn’t taught, just in reading her book. It was heartening to see that, at my age (thirty-six years), it isn’t unique to struggle in this area. Reading through her life story encouraged me to redouble my efforts at all the things I’m currently working on to better acclimate to the changing strata I’m finding myself in as I navigate these new business and volunteer opportunities before me.


Then, for a bit of light reading, I picked up Twilight from the Maryland Digital eLibrary Consortium. Don’t hate or judge. I mainly got it because I wanted something that was cotton candy reading after the meatier offering I’d just finished. So, I’m going to finish all five original books, which shouldn’t take long. If I recall my ancient reading correctly, I didn’t mind the Short Second Life of Bree Tanner so much but it has been a while.


Once I finish those, I’m going to read Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, Science Matters: Achieving Scientific Literacy by Robert M. Hazen. I also have a host of other books waiting in the wings to be read. Most of them, I’ve read before and I’m just going over them again because I’m playing reading catch up with myself and they’re an easier read. Once I get back to where I should be in my reading list, I have quite a few good ones lined up. L’engle, Atwood, etc., that I just have sitting here, collecting dust for want of a good reading.


Onto the WIPs Clearout Extravaganza. I am presently on round eight of the doily for my neighbor. Sustained injuries have not only kept me from this blog for an extended period but have also kept me from doing any meaningful crafting owing to the pain. Nevertheless, I’m going to keep trying. My left arm’s elbow and my right shoulder hurt something fierce right now but, long term, I can’t let that get in the way of all I want to do. I am loathe to make a deadline but I am shooting for finishing this Pineapple Doily by tonight. To be honest, it has been long enough lounging on my desk. The other intended doilies may have to take a back seat depending on factors influencing my getting them to their intended recipients.

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Once the doily is completed, I am going to make a genuine effort at stitching together the In Love With Color throw. At the very least, I can get the sewing aspect out of the way, even if I have trouble lifting the actual throw for long periods or stitching the edging.


Getting clear of these will enable me to focus on the volunteer work I’ve picked up with regard to knitting and crocheting. I’m also doing other things but this will be eating up the bulk of my volunteer time. I’m going to do my level best to aim for making as much as my yarn supply will allow. I’m hoping to deplete my worsted/Aran yarn supply completely actually without having to buy new yarn. Though, if I run out of a particular color, I may have to buy one more skein of it but I don’t see it happening anytime soon.

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The plant babies are growing fantastically. Everything is so verdant, the mood in my room is definitely a cheery one. The Mega Cherry Tomato and Sweet Pickle Organic Pepper are competing for which can out fruit the other. As far as I can tell, it is a statistical dead heat. I’m looking forward to the first true harvests from both though, I have been sneaking peppers.

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I am, somewhat, in shock at what I’m about to type. After years of avoiding makeup of any kind at all cost, I purchased three tubes (Do they call them “tubes”?) of lipstick. I also purchased some nail polish, base coat, top coat, and remover. I loathe the stuff but it is a necessary function to get by on in business settings. So, I found the least offensive colors to me that were still acceptable to the masses. I hope this works. It seems such a tedious waste of my time.

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I guess the next step would be styling my hair. *cringe*


Regardless of my feelings on the matter, I have already mixed the hair stuff from available oils and such that I had around the house. It is only a matter that I use it. When I’m earning expensive tastes money, I’ll consider the Carol’s Daughter/Shea Moisture options. For now, it has to be homemade hair cream and Suave shampoo.


I’ve somewhat paid attention to the Natural Hair vloggers and bloggers in passing but, given my utilitarian manner, I normally didn’t go for the styles I saw and opted, instead, for a drawn back puff or two puffs. Quite frankly, it is far easier to deal with and enables me to put on my hat in Winter without worrying about possibly messing up my hairstyle. Crap, I guess the Cornrow obsession is going to start again. At least I have a book, It’s All Good Hair by Michelle N-K Collison, to sustain me, as well as countless YouTube videos.


I think that’s about it. See ya next month or whenever I can get to writing here! Yay!

Blog Topic To Do List

I’ve done it. In addition to random, stream of consciousness postings, I’ll be doing a series of themed posts from now on. In order to help me organize this, I’ve made a Daily Blog Topic To Do List for me to follow as a guideline.


The Listing is as follows:


  1. Sunday – Fiberarts (Knit, Crochet, Pattern design) related
  2. Monday – Gardening related
  3. Tuesday – Writing related
  4. Wednesday – Autodidacticism related
  5. Thursday – Coding related
  6. Friday – Linguistics related
  7. Saturday – Secularism related (Expanded day)


Hopefully, I’ll be able to keep up with both this learning and this writing schedule. The topics are pretty self-explanatory. I’m just going to expand upon each one on the day of the week for each topic. Though Saturdays are, admittedly, a bit of a wildcard. I don’t want to give away too much before I’ve posted.


First post will be tomorrow, I suppose. See you then.