Monday, March 05, 2007

Reasons and Purpose

Do you read this blog? I mean, if you're reading this sentence, of course you do, what am I talking about...Sometimes I ask myself what I'm doing with a blog. None of my friends know I have one (except one), I'm not making it specific about anything: triathlon, diet, me, or whatever. So what exactly am I doing here and what do I want out of this?

I started out with the excuse of losing those last 10 lbs of pregnancy weight. Let me announce to you that 8lbs are still stuck there so I might as well just face that I am not here for that anymore.

Part of it is a huge opportunity for me to write in english. That sounds silly, but it's totally true. I know you don't know this but I'm quite an accomplished writer...in italian. It's always been that way for me. I have a bachelors in Italian literature and language from San Francisco State. I studied at the University of Florence for a year. But when I had to take the required english classes in college I squeezed out of it by taking the English Proficiency test. You walk in a room, they give you a few white sheets of paper and a subject to write about. I knew enough that I had to have a) a paragraph introduction b) two supporting paragraphs c) a conclusion. Bingo! You don't have to take a year of obligatory english.

I have now lived more years in Italy than the time I spent in the States. That would be twenty years in the States and almost twenty-seven abroad. I still love to read in english and I like to watch television in english (thank God for that language switch button they have now on the remote). I still speak english well of course, but I do have a strange accent and I started to see that I was losing my ability to write correctly...so here I am.

This has been a strange week. Not good or bad, just strange and different. I need to get back on track, need to get centered again.

7 comments:

Nancy Toby said...

They don't have any language buttons on OUR remotes!! Except maybe captions for the hearing impaired, that I use frequently so that I can tell what is going on when the girls are being LOUD....

Glad you're here! Keep writing!

stronger said...

I'm reading. I admire you- there's at least one reason and purpose.

anji said...

Am I your one friend that knows about this? *laughs*

Well - sometimes we need an outlet, other than those we know, to get what is on our minds out and on paper (so to speak)...

Plus, I couldn't read up on your life if it were in Italian :D

I'm just not that talented...

Julia said...

Hey Anj - I meant to say "Italian Friend" - He's a guy...

jbmmommy said...

I have enjoyed reading your blog for a couple reasons. I can completely understand about the 10 pounds of pregnancy weight to lose, I like to read the perspectives of people that are more accomplished athletes than I am, and I especially enjoy reading about other moms that have taken up triathlon or sports in general and how that works in their lives. GLad you're here.

And thanks for the advice, I know the blueberries by themselves are healthier, sometimes that other stuff is too tempting, though!

ironjenny said...

Keep writing... I read it! Even if I only check in once a week, I am out here, too!
Jenny

Iron Girl Nyhus said...

This is the first time I read your blog and I think its great... keep writing :)