Post-Halloween

I thought I wrote about how I decorated my door at home and I was going to leave a little basket of candy on the door for people, but I guess not.  I sometimes post things on my Facebook and then forget which I posted where.  Must be my old age, you’ll have to forgive me, haha.

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That was my door and I filled the little pumpkin with individual packs of Oreos (off-brand) and some other candy.
I honestly wasn’t expecting people to take much because Halloween isn’t as huge here as it is in other places.  It’s growing though with the kids because of their time in Hagwons and school with foreigners.  Anyway, here’s a close-up of my note:

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It says “Happy Halloween!  Free Candy!”

So…imagine my surprise when I came back home from work and dinner to find this:

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Someone had taken the whole pumpkin and left this in it’s place.  My friend translated the note and it basically says “My candy isn’t the greatest, but I hope you enjoy it and that it makes your time in Korea happy.”  Or something to that effect.

I was completely shocked and I’m still feeling all warm and fuzzy inside 😀 😀
How cute! 🙂  I loved that there was a handwritten note and everything 🙂

Aside from that, the Halloween party was hectic, but fun.  I danced to the song “Thriller” about 30+ times in 4 hours and I’ll be happy if I never hear the song again, haha.  I took bits and pieces from the original routine and put in some of my own stuff with it.  The original is too complicated to teach in a short span of time and I tried to make more zombie stuff so the kids would like it.   It seemed to go over well and it was nice for me as a teacher to not have to worry about having enough supplies and that sort of thing.

Anyway, off to run some errands then to my friend’s going-away party.

Then I’ll likely sleep the entirety of tomorrow.  😀  haha

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Oi vey.  What a busy few days (and days to come!)

Granted, I’ve brought it on myself, well, most of it and thankfully, I actually don’t mind too much.  It gives me a sense of accomplishment.

Let’s see–oh I’d say that this will probably be a short post because it’s late and yada yada, but let’s be honest here.  That’s rarely ever how it turns out, haha.

I think it started with last weekend, so let’s start there.

Saturday/Sunday–Ultimate Frisbee Halloween Hat Tournament
-Individual players sign up and are put onto teams (doesn’t matter about your skill level–these are for fun)
-3 games Saturday
-2 on Sunday, but we advanced to the semi-finals and eventually to the finals (2014 Champs! Woot! Out of 20 teams as well), so that was a total of 7 games that weekend.
They weren’t necessarily in a row, but spread out throughout the day on Sat and Sunday.  Each game is roughly 50min to an hour.
-I got a Wonder Woman shirt (+cape) off Amazon and that was my costume.  It fits really nicely annnnd I can wear it to our Halloween party at work on Friday!  Hoorah!

Monday
-I had ordered some stuff from Fabletics (who are amazing btw) and it arrived!  Oh happy day!  Granted, they don’t ship here so my mom shipped it over (along with some mac and cheese and some Italian Seasoning)
-workity work
-went to the gym and I tried a new machine that killed my arms (yay!)

Tuesday
-workity work
-So, I have asked my bosses at work twice if I could make CDs for the students that I teach because we’ve done quite a few English songs in the year that I’ve taught the class.  The first time I asked they said no pretty quickly because I want to charge 2,000won ($2) per CD.  I needed to buy quite a few songs from iTunes and I was going to make a lyric booklet so they could follow along if they don’t remember it from class.  So, purchasing the songs plus labor, I thought that was a steal of a price.
However, they said no at first because they didn’t want to charge the parents, even though the CDs are optional (and I did a sample survey before I asked to get an idea on how many kids were interested and I had over half my kids interested).

Anyway, we got the new lady to help with organization/parent contact/seamlessness, etc (I’m fairly sure that I’ve mentioned her?).  She had asked us about two (three?) weeks ago to tell her if we had any questions or suggestions to make the school better, so I brought up the CD again with her and it got approved.  She wanted me to make them for free as well, but I stood firm on my 2,000won and she said it was ok.
She had me write up an email to the parents (to be translated into Korean) to explain what we were doing and she gave it to a few other classes that are roughly the same level as my classes.  40+ cds later…I think it was a hit.
So…that’s going to be my weekend, haha.
I’m still excited about the CDs, but the number of them is a bit daunting.  Apparently we have some blank CDs around the school somewhere that they said I can use, so I plan to do that if they’re available.  I bought a set of 10 tonight anyway because I wanted to make sure everything downloaded properly and also to get a bit of a head-start on the madness.

Oh, also with the cost, I think that the kids will be more appreciative if they have to pay for it rather than just get it for free.

Anyway, so last night I started working on the lyric book that I’ll be printing and putting together at some point in the next few days.  It’s nearly finished now, but I just need to add the last few songs and format it a bit differently.  On the final CD, I have 24 songs.  😀  We’ve done about 85-90% of them in our classes and I put a few extra ones on there.
I’m also going to get some bags and make the packaging really cute so it looks nice when I give them out.

Wednesday (today)
*put laundry in
*made a batch of brownies (stage 1 of the Halloween treats)
*cleaned/put away dishes
*hung laundry to dry
*workity work
*grocery store–bought those CDs I mentioned and some misc food
*made a second batch of brownies
*decorated the first batch into a Graveyard Cake/brownies
*put away laundry and started another load
*cleaned more dishes and decorated the second batch of graveyard brownies
*worked on the lyric book for the CD
*cleaned the kitchen and the floors

Graveyard Brownies

One of the graves is empty because I couldn’t keep my hands away from the chocolate-y goodness.
Oops 😀  Good thing is goes with the theme…right?  Right.

Tomorrow
-put away laundry away
-grade tests
-workity work
-trivia night–These are held monthly and I went to my first last month and our team came in last, haha.  We were then able to choose a category for this month’s.  We chose Harry Potter because we wanted to go with something at least one person in the group is very solid on (er…me.)  Another girl wanted to do a vampires in movies category, but we figured it might be too broad of a topic.
Now that it’s tomorrow I’m a weeeeeee bit nervous.  I mean, no pressure or anything, right?  haha.  Maybe I’ll try and look up more trivia questions online before work.  I looked some up a few weeks ago and it really could go either way.  It depends on how obscure the questions are.  If they start asking dates or about that one character who sneezed in book 3, it’s gonna be bad.  If it’s general knowledge, I should be alright, haha.

I also need to make up some sort of routine for my classroom’s activity/dance to Thriller for the party on Friday

Friday
-make sure I have a routine set up for the party today
-bring Graveyard brownies to work
Halloween Party (which could be a hot mess)–The past parties have been pretty structured and organized, but the new lady, whom I normally think has a lot of good ideas changed the plan this time and it’s a bit chaotic.
Normally, all the students come at their normal classtimes (2-4/4-6/6-8) and we split the kids up and rotate activities every 20 or so minutes.  Each teacher has a different activity and the kids experience everything.  After the last one, we gathered everyone into the largest classroom to have food and drink.  Then dismissal and repeat with the next group of kids.

This time, the new lady said the kids can arrive anytime between 2:30-7pm.  They’re allowed to bring friends, which is normal, and their parents, which is new.  We had a meeting today but we never got an exact amount of time that the kids will be in each room.  Anywhere from 10-30 minutes.  Also, she was saying she was going to have the food at the front desk (with the computers)…so not sure how that’s going to work.
Anyway,we shall seeee.  Should be interesting.

Then she wants all of us to go out for dinner together afterward, so that’s the plan.  Finish the party then head out to eat.

Saturday/Sunday–out of town–A good friend of mine is leaving Korea and is having a get-together at her place.  She’s from South Africa but she ended up meeting someone here, getting married and now they’re moving to the US together (he’s American.)

Anyway, it’s late and my laptop battery is dying.  So, on that note.  Goodnight!

Halloween Preparations

I thought I was finished but I had a few more things to share, but the other post is getting a bit lengthy, so I’m making another 😀

So, Halloween is coming up and I decorated my classroom for it.  The kids helped with the paper chain during their break time over the course of about a week.  They tried racing eachother at opposite ends and it was pretty fun.  They also loved when we stretched it out and they saw how long it was 🙂

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(Mom–that 3D Vampire you sent me is on the front of the door and the kids love jabbing their fingers in his mouth, haha)

Also, depending on their behavior throughout the week and if all of the work from the week is caught up (and er…how tired I am by the end of the day on Fridays) we’ll watch a movie at the end of class.  They have to do a worksheet with it and write down any English words that they hear as well as answer some questions on the back, so it’s not all fun.  They still love watching movies and this month I’ve been letting them watch kid-friendly Halloween movies.  Our classes are two hours long, and they usually only watch the first 20-30 minutes (depending on time) of the movies, but I think it lets them get the idea, and they write down the name of the movie, so I guess technically they could download it at home.
We’ve watched “Halloweentown“, “Hotel Transylvania” and most recently “Frankenweenie“.  I only was able to show Frankenweenie to my oldest kids (and…it was actually a bit darker than I expected for a kids’ movie) because the other ones were super slow workers this week and we had a lot to get caught up on.  The second class also had major homework issues this week and I was a wee bit irritated with them.
Frankenweenie and Hotel Transylvania are super cute though and I actually want to go back and watch the rest of Frankenweenie because I/we never got to finish it.

Let’s see…we’re also having a Halloween party at school next week.  Halloween isn’t celebrated here but it’s growing in popularity and you’re able to see more costumes and decorations for sale than a few years ago.  Also, most schools and especially the hagwons (after-school academies, which is where I work) put on holiday parties for the kiddies to make it more fun and to expose them to other cultures (and because they’re great advertising for the schools, ha).
At our school, the kids still come in at their usual times but they are lumped into groups and spend 30-40 minute intervals in each teacher’s room.  Each teacher prepares a different activity (to be repeated throughout the day for an unknown amount of students because the kids can bring friends).
I’m planning on teaching them a dance to Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’.  I still haven’t decided if I want to teach them the official dance (which I’d need to learn) or just make something else up on my own.  Last year I did more artsy projects with the kids but it’s a lot of work when you don’t know how many kids you’ll have and trying to make sure you have enough supplies/trying to speed up the slow ones and provide some other entertainment for the speedy ones.
My plan is to show them the video and get some Christmas lights or something so we can turn out the lights in the room.  Then learn the dance and do it again and again until they’re exhausted.
I taught my students a routine to ‘Splish Splash’ awhile ago and they loved it.  It got them out of their chairs and it’s a great break from the usual.  They actually requested it on Thursday and we had a spare 10 minutes or so so we busted it out again.  haha 🙂
I’m also planning on making a graveyard cake because we usually have food as well.  We haven’t had a meeting about the party yet (er…it’s next week) and normally I’d be a bit concerned, but you sort of get used to the whole ‘fly by the seat of your pants’ system that’s in place.  Anyway, I can’t seem to get chocolate cake to turn out properly without boxed cake (maybe it’s me or maybe it’s my electric-style oven) so I’m going to do iced brownies instead.  There isn’t anything like this (ie: seasonal/festive baked goods) so they’re going to freak out.  I kind of wanted to make 3 of them because we have 3 sets of students (2-4, 4-6 and 6-8PM)…is that excessive?  haha.  Ah well…we’ll see how I feel when it gets closer.  I bought a jumbo pack of brownie mix at Costco, so I have the supplies…we shall see.

Allllllso…at my apartment, I have my door decorated like a mummy which was kind of fun.  I’m also thinking about putting a plastic pumpkin full of candy on the door handle on Halloween day/night with a message in Korean about taking some/Happy Halloween, etc.

Anyway, that’s really it for tonight.  I’ll leave you with some pretty fall foliage pictures from around my area.

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Annnnnd goodnight!

Latest Goings-on…

Last Saturday was my 28th birthday and I went out to dinner with some friends.   The Daejeon International Wine Festival was that weekend as well, so we hit that up before going to dinner.  It was a pretty nice day–nice and relaxed as I was hoping for.

This past weekend I participated in the 2nd Daejombie Charity 5K Run (Daejeon + Zombie).  It raises money for a local animal shelter that is run solely by one older Korean woman (and a lot of volunteers).  The charity is called Daejeon Paws.

Last year I helped organize the race and this year I wanted to be a participant.  Specifically, a zombie 😀

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It was pretty fun.  They had professional/student make-up artists there to help us out if we wanted it (yes) and then groups of zombies were sent to various parts (or “infected zones”) on the course.  The runners would come through and we’d try to get one of their three life belts (think flag football).

It’s weird because I’m not usually that big on Halloween, but I think being a teacher has gotten me more into it.  I like decorating my classroom and sharing the holiday with my students because it’s not really a thing here (maybe in the future though because the kids get really excited about it).
I’m bringing in some caramel and apples today so they can dip them and have that experience too.  I was snacking on some peanut butter and apples yesterday and they were all so shocked at the combination.  It was kinda funny actually 🙂  So, I’m going to bring in some extra apples and have them test both (caramel and PB) out.

Oh, and I decorated my door at home too, haha.

This is what I was going for:

This is mine:

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Maybe more paper? I dunno.  My neighbors probably think I’m nuts.
I’m actually torn a bit on whether or not decorating was a good idea.  I know they don’t celebrate it here and it’s fun for me…but I’m in a different country.  Anyway, I dunno.
That’s what I’ve been up to 🙂

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.

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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.