Hooray for small victories! Do you remember those cheezy Toyota commercials where they jump at the end? Today I had one of those kind of days...I could have jumped in the air, with a double fist pump! When I was packing for Costa Rica, I ended up leaving behind a lot of things that I thought I would actually take. One item I ended up leaving behind was my daytimer. It was one of those last minute, split decision things where I looked at it and thought "nahhh, what would I need this for? it's just going to add extra weight to my bags and besides, I'd rather take a pair of shoes". Of course I completely forgot that I was going to SCHOOL, where there would be EXAMS and DEADLINES. So, trying to be all tech savvy, I decided to use my computer for more than Facebook stalking and made a beautiful calendar with Microsoft and filled in all my appointments and dates, and even scheduled in my study time etc. But there is just one problem...I don't bring my laptop to school, therefore I can't see my appointments. This problem became apparent yesterday at noon, when I missed a meeting. So this afternoon was spent trying to figure out a way to make my calendar portable without using my laptop. And then I realized my new ipod nano has a calendar function. Long story short, I figured out how to move my calendar to my ipod (which now functions as my voice recorder for my phonics class, sound system, mini-tv, radio, video camera, and DAYTIMER), go it up and running and will hopefully make it to meetings from now on. (Do I hear a chuckle????) In a new culture where crossing the street takes more mental energy than calculus, and at a language level where I can carry on a delightful conversation with a toddler (...maybe), it's small victories like this that make me feel that I can accomplish something!