Today I’m sharing some of my favorite things from the past week in typical Friday Fashion here on Get Fit Fiona. This week they include learning French again and a strawberry and rhubarb cider.
I’m been looking forward to today for a week or two now because This afternoon I’m heading downtown to attend the Make It Show. I had a really fun time last year checking out all the amazing products that people had made (seriously, their creativity is so impressive to me because I don’t have much skill in the creative or art department), so I’m hoping this year will be just as great. I also have a low key date night on the calendar with my boyfriend, so I think it’ll be a fun and relaxing weekend.
Unfortunately we’re supposed to get some more snow tomorrow, so spring definitely hasn’t arrived in Calgary yet. I’m hoping it gets here soon. I’m more than ready for spring after the long, cold, and snowy winter that we’ve had here in Calgary this year. I want to see green grass instead of snow! I actually came across a meme on Twitter on Sunday of Santa delivering Easter baskets, with a speech bubble above his head saying that it was too cold for the Easter bunny. I think it describes spring this year perfectly.
French grammar book
I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned it here on Get Fit Fiona, but I’m a very rusty French speaker. I took French classes all the way through school from Kindergarten to 11th grade (thank you Canadian education system). While I definitely didn’t appreciate it as much as I should have when I was actually taking it in school, I’m very glad that I did.
Unfortunately I got talked out of taking French my last year of high school by a guidance counselor, and looking back now, I wish I had taken it in grade 12 too. Being able to speak another language is such a good skill to have, and I’m glad I took advantage of being able to continue on with it after it became optional in junior and senior high school.
I haven’t used it much since I last visited France which was back in 2006. That makes it seem like such a long time ago now that I think about it – 12 years seems like a lifetime ago! A few weeks ago I looked into taking a continuing education French class to get back at it, but they’re more expensive than I thought that they’d be.
I decided to compromise and bought French Grammar (affiliate link) on Amazon for $18. It had some great reviews online, had the answers to all the exercises in the back to make sure that I’m doing the questions right, and it was geared towards beginner and intermediate learners.
I’ve been doing a page a day since it arrived. While I remember a lot of vocabulary, I’ve definitely forgotten a lot of the grammar side of things. All those little details that you have to get just right! If you’re also a French student, I’d be interested to hear about any websites you might know of with worksheets or quizzes.
I made out like a bandit on the Easter candy front on Sunday. My parents still get both me and my brother Easter candy even though we’re both in our 30’s. It’s clearly become a family tradition at this point.
Mini Eggs are probably my favorite Easter candy, so I was glad to see that I got some of them. A few years ago I got a big bag of them and ended up eating too many of them. As a result I had to take a break from them for a few years. I’m glad to say though that I’m back to liking them again.
This week I ended up watching St. Vincent with Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy, two actors that I really enjoy. I was expecting a silly comedy, with both of those actors in it, but it was more than that. The ending gave me all the feels and it ended up being a bit of a feel good movie that made me laugh. I would highly recommend it if you’re looking for something that will both make you both laugh and made you feel positive about the world.
Rock Creek Strawberry Rhubarb Cider
Like I mentioned in my Weekend in Review post, I tried Rock Creek’s Strawberry Rhubarb Cider for the first time on Saturday. It starts out sweet with the strawberry flavor (without tasting fake or being overly sweet) and ends with a tangy flavor thanks to the rhubarb. It’s definitely a different flavor than I’ve ever had with a cider before, but it’s delicious.
Unfortunately I think it’s only available in western Canada, but if you’re able to get your hands on it, it’s definitely worth it. I love trying new to me ciders, so if you know of any good ones, be sure to let me know.
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