EAL Begins

Our first sustained non-English environment occurred on the flight on Icelandair from Toronto to Reykjavik. 

During this flight, Emily-Ann was looking at the Icelandic newspaper Frettabladid, (pictured below).  Seeing Emily-Ann “reading” this newspaper, a stewardess assumed we spoke Icelandic.  She pointed to my computer and told me, in Icelandic, to put it in the pocket in front of me during take-off.  I did as asked.  The stewardess thanked me in Icelandic and carried on with her duties.  Hopefully, she wouldn’t ask me too much more.  Oh well, I must have appeared competent in her language.

The poem below was on the pillow case I was given during this night-time flight.  Sweet dreams!


Twelve Personal Commandments

Gretchen Rubin (The Happiness Project: Or Why I spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun; Collins 2009) created her list of Twelve Personal Commandments that helped her focus during her year of learning and writing. The exercise is a way to instil your values into your daily living.  You can find her personal commandments at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gretchen-rubin/happiness-tips_b_1285510.html.

I am starting my list and will adjust and practice as I go:

1. Take time to touch and appreciate your loved ones daily.

2. Meditate – daily.

3. Each day is new, yesterday is done-let it go and work with what is here.

4. Live intentionally.

5. Ask good questions of yourself and surroundings.

6. Do good.

7. Be kind.

8. Be happy – everyone with you will feel successful.

9. Appreciate health and energy by making the most of it.

10. Exercise my  reason and purpose of life: to show love.

11. Never take what I have for granted.

12. Weed out the unnecessary.


PS  Would love to hear your list, partial or whole. 

Leaving Terra Firma

Air Canada Take Off

Lift off!  At just after 2:00 p.m. this afternoon, our plane’s wheels left the runway, leaving Manitoba behind.  With almost equal buoyancy, I felt in my heart a feeling of exhilaration.  Normal as we know it will be far away for a while.  What a feeling!

It was great to see our girls journaling within minutes after take-off.  Aaron took pictures of the clouds.  Pretty cool!

We’re now waiting for our flight to Iceland where we stop over on our way to Copenhagen.