Halloween Luminaries Pinterest Project!

I love Pinterest but rarely get around to actually making something from there.  Today was not one of those days.

I fell in love with these guys and really wanted to make some to get my apartment ready for Halloween.  There aren’t many Halloween related decorations around here, so you have to get creative.

Anyway, here are mine.




Not too shabby!  The white one looks a bit rough because I was impatient with waiting for the paint to dry and it came off a bit.  The orange pumpkin is my favorite 😀

The original link/poster used a spray-on glaze for hers which makes them look polished (and better, IMO), but the only spray-on glaze that I found was about $20…and…yeah, no.

Anyway, they weren’t too difficult…just try to have a bit more patience than I did, haha.
Here’s the link again.


All of my classes have diaries and we write about different prompts (“finish the story”, tell me about a time when…, What is your favorite season, etc.). Today, I did one with my younger kids and had them tell me about their mom.  I gave them the sentences but left blanks (rare) for them to fill in.
Most of them were adorable and one girl said she thought it was fun (to write about her mom).  Just things like her favorite color, likes and dislikes, etc.

Then…one girl wrote “My mom doesn’t like         me       and      giving me hugs           .”
God, my heart was going to break open.  I learned later from the woman at the front desk who interacts more with the parents that this mom is pretty strict and yells a lot.  I feel so horrible for this girl.  It’s a fairly small class of 10 (7 on MWF) and I feel like I have a general idea about them, but wow, I just wanted to scoop her up (She’s about 7) and give her a big hug.  I don’t know if that crosses any sort of lines, and I’m sure it does, but just heart-wrenching.
Extra love all around tomorrow.  I love all those babies like they were my own.  😦

Another girl said that her mom doesn’t like her dad, which was a wee bit awkward, but otherwise all of the responses were pretty standard.  “My mom doesn’t like cleaning/washing windows/etc”

Anyway, just wanted to share.
Lots of rain tonight so I’m off to have a wonderfully deep sleep.  😀

Done and done.

So, I went to immigration today and got myself sorted for the next year in Korea.  I’m thinking this will be my last year teaching in Korea.  I love teaching, but I’d like to further my education and I hope to teach in a more stable setting.

The after-school academies (or hagwons) tend to be a bit more unstable as they can be opened up with anyone with enough money (really) and they’re everywhere.  I really enjoy my classes and the school that I’m at so I’m hoping for another year like this one.  This past year seemed to breeze by pretty quickly.  There’s a bit of negativity though, and that can be a bit rough, but trying to keep my head down and do my own best with my classes and sort of just do what I’m doing.

I already have quite a few things in store for the coming year, so hopefully things go smoothly.

Here’s a teaser for the year to come–obviously things change and put this is what I’m looking at as of now:
*Hoping I get the OK to carve pumpkins with my kiddos at school.  Our classes are smaller and I’d LOVE to give them this experience.  Halloween isn’t really that big here yet (slowly…) so I’d like to let them experience making a jack-o-lantern.
I’m thinking that letting them draw and scoop out the mess would be best and I’ll do the cutting.
(Plus decorating my room a bit for Halloween!  Yay!  I love having my own classroom!)

* Christmas at home (first time in almost 3 years!! Squeeeee!)

*New Years in LA (first time!)

*back with ultimate frisbee in the spring 🙂  (Too many things going on in the fall right now to dedicate the time and money to it)

*Toying with the idea of Budapest in February (Yes, winter)

*Working on another surprise of sorts for my summer vacation— I sent my mom and brother on an all-expenses paid cruise two years ago (to the Bahamas, I believe).  Expensive, yes, but it makes me happy and I think that’s what life is about.  This won’t be quite that extravagant, but it still puts an extra spring in my step and makes my heart feel lighter when I think about it. My mom is a single mom and she works her butt off (and has) for years and years and never gets a vacation, so I had wanted to change that.

*Finish contract in September

*Thailand for a bit of muay thai fighting training

Anyway, this would be the dream scenario, but I like making my dreams happen.  So, we shall see 😀

15 Things About Me

1. Age: 27 (28 in less than 2 weeks!)

2. Home Country: USA

3. Favorite Food: Indian curry and pizza

4. Favorite Countries: More than one…It’s very difficult to choose.  Italy, Croatia, Scotland, Thailand and Czech Republic

5. Favorite Books: Harry Potter (is that obvious?), The Giver, Eat. Pray. Love, and the His Dark Materials trilogy  (I’m getting back into reading for fun (finally), so if you have any favorites, send them my way!! 🙂 🙂

6. Hobbies: reading, exploring my city, eating, baking, blogging, planning stuff for my classroom, travel, organizing

7. Favorite Quotes: “Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.” –Elizabeth Gilbert
and too many more to name…oi.  Go here.  😀

8. Favorite Musicians/Artist: Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran

9. Favorite Color: Deep purple (was blue, then green and now it’s purple)

10. Favorite TV Show: So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD), Game of Thrones, Walking Dead and Downton Abbey

11. What I’m Passionate About: Women and Men’s Rights (Feminism), Travel, Fitness, Family, Education, Photography, History, Becoming Debt Free (GAHHH…America and it’s student loans will be the death of me), Dance (and the arts, especially in schools) and Genealogy

12. Goals for the Future: Continue working here in Korea to save a bit more money and to pay down some debt (my student loans look like they’ll be here for awhile….)

13. Favorite Movies: The Book Thief, The Best Exotic Marygold Hotel, Monsters University and Harry Potter 6 and 7 (parts 1 and 2) Pitch Perfect and Despicable Me (and too many more…oi.)
Oh!  I just saw The Maze Runner yesterday.  I really liked it 🙂  I’ll have to add that to my list of books to read when my Kindle (Happy Bday to me!) arrives.

14. Favorite Season: Usually summer, but now that I’m a pedestrian that has to walk all the time and living with minimal A/C…fall/autumn is becoming my new favorite.

15. Pets?: One white hamster named Munch-a-Saurus Rex, or “Munch” for short.

Oh, My Booty!

Just started back at the fitness shenanigans two days ago and feeling good.  The weather has been a HUGE factor because it’s gotten cooler recently and the humidity is fading away into a distant, sweaty memory.
Anyway, been working on getting my stamina back because I honestly haven’t done much working out since being in Korea (it might look otherwise on Facebook, but I assure you that it’s a ruse.)
I’ve been doing some light jogging and trying to get my strength back…and trying to get back at the pull-ups (fell off that train when I went to Japan).  Oi…lots off falling off this fitness train.
I don’t mind working out, but the healthy foods bit is a struggle.  I just love baking 😦  And pizza.  And curry.  And naan.  😦
Everything in moderation, they say, but that’s difficult too.
Doesn’t help that fruit costs the same as my (would be) first-born child.

Sure, maybe making excuses, but oi.  At least I feel great post-exercising.  Minus my sore legs and booty.  It’s a good sore though, so not to worry.

Also, I’ve been browsing around on this site called Look Human–I’m madly in love with some of their fitness-related shirts.  They look really cute and comfy.  Annnnnd they ship internationally.  A bit pricy for shirts, but I also rarely buy clothes over here, so most everything I have is from pre-Korea.  So…looking is fun at least.
I think I might get two of them though because they have a thing for Free Shipping over $50 and 10% off on your first order.

These are the ones I’m looking at 😛

Lookhuman.com Adipose

Learned a new word with that one, too 🙂  He’s so cute…even if he is fat!  haha 😀

😀 haha

Anyway, there were a few more, but that’s the gist.  I’m looking mostly at the first two 😛

Ok, off to bed.
Happy Weekend! 😀 (or Friday…depending on where you are…)