Posts from the ‘Language and Education’ category

In this FWB, my very good friend, Alicia, shows me her technique of picking up dog poop.  Alicia is a pro at picking up poop due to her lovable Porti, Roxy.   Me, not so much.  I’m somewhat of a newb and always had difficulty/anxiety when it was time to knot the bag.  Alicia showed me her skills while on a walk with the dogs and the next day, I just couldn’t remember how she did the knot.  So, voila, we found Alicia’s FWB lesson.  Thank you to Ryan, Alicia’s husband, surfer and GoPro extraordinaire for filming!

Alicia and I met each other in 1991 at Camp Robin Hood and were campers and counselors together until 2002.    We both had very similar geographical trajectories in life.  Moving to San Francisco after college where we solidified our love for this amazing city and then moving away for grad school and life (Alicia-DC, NY; Me- SD, NYC) and then finding our way back to our favorite city.  I’m so grateful to have Alicia here.  I consider her more family than friend.  We share so many wonderful memories and special people and I can’t say enough amazing things about her!  Thanks Felish!!!

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This was my first year going to Burning Man which was a total bucket list event for me.  I am so grateful that I was able to go with such an amazing group and experience my first year with close friends as well as new friends including Archimedes.  Archimedes who came to Burning Man all by himself (really bold move), was our neighbor and basically became part of Dusty Phoenix (our camp) the day we met.  We filmed this FWB on the last day and hottest day of Burning Man hence the awesome outfit and hair.  If you would like to learn more about Polish Hand Magic, click here.

Burning Man was such a surreal and awesome experience.  It helped me appreciate what I have and all the awesome people I get to call my friends.  It also reminded me to stay open to everyone because everyone brings something special and different to the table for others to enjoy like Polish Hand Magic;)  So thank you Archimedes for being an awesome neighbor and totally down to do an FWB.  Also, thank you to the whole Dusty Phoenix crew for reminding me that everything will work out and that I’m surrounded by such wonderful people.

Oh and PS-I discovered the sound effects on IMovie and got inspired to make a little montage at the end of the video of some of my favorite pieces of art at Burning Man.

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My friend, Leigh, taught me sign language this weekend while celebrating her birthday.  We were brainstorming a couple weeks back where she claimed she had nothing to teach me but that was far from the truth.  She grew up communicating with her voice but also her hands.  I remember signing a lot as a child thanks to Linda from Sesame Street and was reintroduced while working with toddlers with autism.  It’s an amazing skill that opens your world to so many more people and I would definitely like to become more fluent.  We had a great day celebrating as well as reflecting on how lucky we all are in our lives while appreciating and recognizing the challenges and strengths of other people, families and communities.  Thanks again, Leigh, for my ASL lesson and here’s to a great year ahead!!!

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For my last FWB while on my #35dayadventure, I learned how to count to 5 in 5 different languages from my new friend, Currie.  I met Currie through Sofia when we all met up in Phuket towards the end of our trip.  I definitely continued practicing counting for the rest of my trip but can’t claim I know all the numbers.  Traveling made me realize how grateful I am to have English as my first language but really wanting to become more fluent in other languages.  I guess I just have to keep traveling and practicing to do that;)

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While in Bangkok, my friend, Ethan, teaches me some Thai phrases.  Ethan is currently teaching English in Thailand for a year.  It was so nice to hang out and see a familiar face in such an unfamiliar place.  We filmed this FWB in a park by the Chao Phraya River.  Bangkok was a great first stop on my 35 day adventure.   You can check out some of my pictures through Instagram.  I promised my mom I would upload as much as possible so she knows I’m ok and she can have a vicarious journey.

***I’m sad that I can’t edit my videos like I normally do but I bought the wrong converter 😦 I’ve learned that flexibility is key when traveling as well as going with the flow.

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There are two kinds of friends when it comes to Friendships With Benefits.  The ones that say they have nothing to teach and the ones that know exactly what they want to teach me.  Then there is Brad.  Brad gave me about 4+ choices to choose from including how to walk NYC streets to the Sexual Growl.  I obviously chose the latter.  Thanks Brad for being so awesome and eager to participate in Friendships With Benefits.  You are a man with many talents and I’m a woman who needs to practice her sexual growl.

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Shalom!  Today, my friend, Mai, teaches me common hebrew phrases.  Mai and I met in the winter of 2012 when she joined the Livingsocial Adventure team in NYC.  Mai was born in Israel and moved to the states at the age of 13.  She has such an amazing story and a great zest for life!  Toda Mai for being my favorite Hebrew school teacher!  Shalom!

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