First, Glen, congratulations and welcome to our little group here. Participating in the forum is a great way to get questions answered and to practice reading and writing in Spanish. I like your comment about knowing enough to get in trouble. For years I said I knew enough Spanish to order beer in a bar and get slapped by the waitress.
Second, for Aurora, motivation has never really been an issue with me. Like Glen, I have wanted to learn Spanish for a long time and just never found the right combination of time, money, and program until RS. I am determined to learn to speak Spanish, and although I have other faults, perseverance is not among them. When I make up my mind to do something, I do it. I have firmly integrated studying into my day, and I actually feel out of sorts if other things get in the way of studying when I want to or as much as I want to. The only time I have not felt like studying was for a few days this spring after I cut my finger and needed tendon reattachment surgery...I can see why oxycodone is such an abused drug. My finger still hurt but I didn't care. Didn't care to study, either!