I decided I'm going to Germany. Now here's my question: How insane is it, precisely, if I hand over the month of January to the German language?
The Goethe-Institut, which is conveniently located on my way home from work, has an intensive course at the right level for me. It meets four nights a week (Mon-Thurs), starting this Wednesday and going until January 30th. With January holidays, that means two weeks with four classes and three weeks with two to three classes. I took German in high school in college, so theoretically I speak it (although it's been kind of supplanted by Norwegian).
Pluses: I love studying languages; German is fun; Revels is over, so what else am I doing with my time; this would mean I'd be able to talk to people in stores and understand TV shows and stuff. (If I were an extrovert, I'd also be able to, like, talk to strangers and make new friends, but I've pretty much given up that battle.) Also, I'd have a useful language in my head, and you never know when you'll need another language.
Minuses: I like to sleep; I'd get home two to four nights a week at 9:15 or 9:30; it costs money (although I'd use birthday money for most of the fee). And I have other options for brushing up my German, like podcasts and Netflix and my office neighbor, who is a translator and teaches a short free class once a week.
So. How insane is this? Weigh in. I have until Wednesday to decide.