Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot stars Tina Fey as Kim, a broadcaster who half-heartedly volunteers to go to Afghanistan on assignment. Fey’s character leads a nice, but ho hum life in New York with a steady boyfriend (Josh Charles) and a steady, unchallenging job just reading news. Once in Afghanistan, she realizes she’s way over her head. She eventually adapts to life during wartime.

While away, she discovers her boyfriend is cheating so she’s free to take up with Martin Freeman’s politically incorrect, usually philandering, war-savvy character, who’s a photo journalist.

I felt the first half of the movie drags and contains a lot of obvious jokes and clichéd situations about culture, but it’s worth watching on DVD or on a plane where you can watch half, take a break and watch the second half. Tina Fey does a fine job as does Martin Freeman and Josh Charles. The reason to watch is to see what sacrifices people make during this war that too many of us forget and to see what has gone on in Afghanistan.

 

Things Bilingual People Do

I think this is spot on, but do you?

Which languages do you speak?

“Western Couples vs Chinese Couples”

There’s a lot that’s true especially childcare.

Silent Sunday

DSCN6006

Image

Zootopia

Disney’s Zootopia is a fun kids’ movie that adults can enjoy. Zootopia’s plucky heroine is a new police officer, who though highly qualified gets put on meter maid duty because of stereotypes and discrimination against rabbits. She must team up with a fox who’s a con artist to catch the mastermind behind a slew of kidnappings. If she can solve this case, she can prove her worth. As you’d expect in this “buddy” film the fox is her polar opposite in terms of ethos and personality.

The film is fast paced and clever, but like many Disney films lacks unique perspective. It feels like it was made by a committee rather than an individual artist. Not a bad film. It’s an entertaining film, but I do wish an American studio could produce some films that are not so packaged, so pat.

Bullet Journals

In Indonesia both Tara and I dedicated a good amount of time to goal meeting and avoiding procrastination. Our trainees are busy teachers and like us have important goals that we want to achieve, but finding the time to get to work is tough. It seems other chores crop up and little gets done. I hate that I do so little writing during the school year. I put so much time into teaching and put my own writing on the back burner.

One habit I hope will fix this is starting and keeping a Bullet Journal. The video above explains how to make one and how they can empower you.

Another tactic I’m employing (though not as much as I should) I learned from a Coursera class called “Learning How to Learn.” It’s a great 4 week course to improve learning skills for people of any age, but especially for high school and college students. The professor advocates the “Pomodoro Method” to beat procrastination. The name comes from an Italian expert who had a timer that looked like a tomato (tomato in Italian is “pomodoro”). The tactic is to set the timer for 25 minutes and to get to the task you need to complete. Don’t let anything stop you! What you’ll find is at first, you are tempted to not work. You’ll have an urge to complete a “short” chore, to check email, etc. Ignore that temptation. Soon those unrelated temptations fall away and you make progress. In fact often, I’ll be writing and the timer goes off and I’ll stretch for a couple minutes and do another 25.

Give it a try!

What’s your experience with procrastination? How do you overcome it?

 

Organizing

There’s a lot I’d rather do with my time, but this week I’ve got to organize my stuff. I haven’t culled clothing based on whether they spark joy, but I have rolled up all my all my knit shirts. I’ve found if I roll them and stand them up they fit the drawer perfectly and I can see each item. (She still lays each shirt on a side, I’m laying them on an edge so they’re going up and down.) I think I can fit twice as much in a drawer and see each item.

I have eliminated several bags of papers I’ve collected — tax forms that are more than 7 years old, my ACT and SAT scores, loads of notebooks. I have kept a few poems and stories I wrote in grammar school. There’s no need to delete my entire history.

Poem of the Week

 

 

about competition

By Charles Bukowski

the higher you climb
the greater the pressure.

those who manage to
endure
learn
that the distance
between the
top and the
bottom
is
obscenely
great.

and those who
succeed
know
this secret:
there isn’t
one.

Silent Sunday

Art Institute Degas exhibit

Art Institute Degas exhibit

SilentSunday

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fun

DSCN4123

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

3. Follow The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements, and subscribe to our newsletter – we’ll highlight great posts. Add Media photos from each month’s most popular challenge.

Other themed photos:

Previous Older Entries

Disclaimer

Dear Fellows, The State Department has requested that any Fellows who maintain their own blog or website please post the following disclaimer on your site: "This website is not an official U.S. Department of State website. The views and information presented are the English Language Fellows' own and do not represent the English Language Fellow Program or the U.S. Department of State." We appreciate your cooperation. Site Meter
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,196 other followers

%d bloggers like this: