Long Day…

And then there’s days like this…

I guess, as with any job, you have the rough points too.  I enjoy teaching for the most part, and getting to be creative, but I’ve just been feeling very worn/burnt out for awhile and…then had a day like today which just made me crave a break/vacation/going home/etc. 

I found out that our school is taking back our one laptop ( logical reasons here: _______________)  Right.  There are none.  
There’s a bit of backstory, but I don’t really feel like getting into it right now, but basically, a lot of decisions here aren’t made based on logic and reason…and it frustrates the heck out of me.  I like logic, planning, order, organization, etc…and it’s very interesting trying to adapt.  Trying my best.

Anyway, there was that and then all of my students seemed to be super wild and they seemed to have lost any/all ability to pay attention or take any sort of direction.  Topped with a headache.

I just got off work, showered and am already in my pajamas…and it’s 5 minutes til 8pm.  lol.
I also need/want to get to the store so I can buy a lighter for my candles…then going to de-stress by having pancakes for dinner and watching a Christmas movie.  
I also wouldn’t mind having a bit of wine, but I don’t have any, and the store is about a 10 minute walk…and it’s cold. 

2 days til the weekend.  2 days til the weekend.
Well..1.5 because elementary classes are cancelled Friday…thankfully.
I also had 10 classes today…enough to wear anyone out, I suppose.  They’re only 35 minutes, but they do take a toll.  :-/

I think this is a sign…

Um…I just spent over 3 hours on Pinterest looking at stuff for the classroom.  Oh gosh.  I think I may have a problem…
Is there a Pinterest-aholics Anonymous group that I can join?

Found new ideas for my kindergarten phonics and art classes, room decorating ideas and kindergarten science ideas…even though I don’t teach science (yet, ha).

Gosh.  haha 😛
Looks like I truly may have found my calling.

Just a while longer doing what I’m doing then looks like I’ll be headed back to school. 

Good night!

What If Money Didn’t Matter…?/Life Updates/Thanksgiving

Love this video. Beautiful, and so, so true.

Writing this on the night of my ninth month in Korea.  It’s strange to think that I’ve been here for nine months–I feel sort of split.  First off, I’ve officially decided that I’m staying another year here (not sure if I mentioned this before), because I think that this has been a fabulous opportunity for me, and I’d love for this little part of my life to continue for a bit longer.  I’m starting to feel very comfortable here….well, have been for awhile and I’m getting more involved in activities and I don’t want to jump back into the whole daily grind thing that awaits back home….not just yet.

I’m also eager to get home too.  It’s a weird split feeling.  Happy to be here, but anxious to get home to see everyone.  I’m not super homesick or anything, just a bit nostalgic, especially because the holidays are here and I think of being home with everyone and years past.  But, I’m still happy to be here.

I haven’t updated in awhile, partially because I’m lazy/busy etc, but also, I think because I have settled in more so the things that I would normally (or used to) update about…now seem part of the daily routine.  I don’t even know what I’m supposed to update about. haha 🙂
Anyway, I’m doing a language exchange twice a week with my own partner–We meet for an hour and a half and split it half Korean/half English, and it’s been really cool.  The English part is just conversation practice with the occasional grammar questions and the Korean part is pretty much anything I want to do.  I usually have questions, but I also have a workbook that a friend gave me, or he’ll quiz me on things, or we’ll work on translating a book of Aesop’s Fables from Korean to English.  It’s interesting for me because it’s fun, and yet, I also get to see more of how the sentence structure works AND learn words in the process.
He’s also incredibly patient and will help me in any way that I ask, whether it’s repeating a word 5-6 times so I can try and pronounce something right or translating a children’s story, haha.  He says it’s fun for him too and he gets to learn some new English words while we work on it, so it’s nice 🙂

Um, also, I’m thinking about taking piano lessons (!!!) once a week (which I’ve wanted to learn for ages but never had the money for)  AND….Tango lessons.  Also been wanting to learn this, but again…never had the money.
I met a girl maybe two weeks ago who does Swing and the Lindy Hop, and those both look fun too.  I’ve heard of both, but haven’t really considered myself a person that would give it a shot..until now.
Too bad I have to work, haha.  Not enough time in the week (or money in the bank) to do everything I want, haha.  😀

ALSO…I recently booked my trip for my winter vacation…to the Philippines!!!!  I’m so excited for this.  I was going to go to Thailand, but I found a great deal on a flight  and just changed my mind.  Thailand will have to wait til next year.  🙂
Still working on my itinerary, but either way, it should be a great time!  I’m 100% okay with warm, tropical weather in the middle of December and January! haha.

Still a few hours from the official day (in Korea time), but I’m headed to bed soon and wanted to include it.

Thanksgiving obviously isn’t celebrated here, but all the expats have been great with organizing events here and there to help everyone feel at home away from home.
I went to a Thanksgiving event last weekend on the island of Muuido (off the coast of Incheon) and had a mini-Thanksgiving meal…and if that weren’t enough, a friend of mine is having a Thanksgiving potluck party this Friday too.
We had turkey and all the fixings at the first party, but as the second one is at my friend’s apartment and our apartments don’t come standard with an oven…we’ll be having chicken instead.  😛 haha.
It’s not the food that matters anyway 🙂

Pictures from Muuido Island, KR–Thanksgiving Event with Seoul Hiking Group
November 2012
AND (because I don’t know how to separate them…)
some of the Kindergarten art projects we’ve done during the month of November 🙂

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I’m thankful for all the incredible people in my life.  I have an amazing group of friends and family that stands behind me no matter what kind of ideas I get or plans I make.  They’re there 150%, and I know that I’m so incredibly fortunate to have that.
I’m also thankful for the opportunities that have presented themselves in my life.  At age 26, I feel like I’ve lived several lifetimes and had the chance to do things that many people don’t get to do in 100 years.  I hope to be able to continue on this path and see and experience as much as I can while I’m able.
Hardships aside, I feel incredibly blessed.

Not related to the Thanksgiving theme, but I also REALLY like this video about teachers.  It helps inspire me or pick up my spirits after a long day.

‘What Teachers Make’ by Taylor Mali, teacher and poet