woo! so the speech went wonderfully, better than I could have ever imagined. The ladies loved it, totally ate it up in all of its glorious corniness, mostly since I delivered it in German, and now I've been invited to more events. One involves American college students, and the other a bunch of American ladies new to Stuttgart. I even got invited to a ski weekend! Too bad I can't ski. And in this case, trying _would_ hurt. but I might as well...

Oh man. Takes just one of these events to really boost your esteem. I walked around the Stuttgart Weihnachtsmarkt for a few hours afterwards with this feeling that I truly had a handle on the German language. After all the praise from the old ladies, I was convinced I was, in all things German, untouchable. Course, I've come down from my high now, but I should be able to comfortably coast into tomorrow's festivities and on into the weekend of fun with the other American DAAD scholarship kids.

going to Stuttgart this week for another Verband seminar. Should be really fun to see all of the crew again. Only thing is that I have a speech to give today for a Christmas Tea in front of a whole bunch of little old German ladies... hopefully I don't mess it up too bad.

Somehow Jeff and I managed to miss class this morning. You'd think with each class being once a week, we could make it to every one. Oh well, we'll just have to get the notes from somebody. Probably Scott.

Have a great weekend everyone!