Productivity to Chase the Post-Trip Blues Away

I’m taking another mini-Facebook hiatus because I hate that it’s a habit to log on as soon as I open the internet or pick up my phone.  I don’t even think about it.  My fingers immediately do it…and that’s a habit I’d like to break.

Anyway, I think I’m approaching the end of this mountain of work to do, so that’s a relief.  I’ve also heard from friends that this feeling of…well…dread about coming back is normal.  That’s also nice to hear.  Apparently it’s called something like “post-trip blues” or something to that effect.  I’ve never felt it that intensely before–sort of like a giant weighted blanket that I can’t shake off–so news that it will wear off is nice to hear.

Yesterday I volunteered at a local dog shelter and got to take a dog for a mountain hike/walk with a group of other volunteers.  It was a really nice day for it and…I sort of fell in love with mine.  I think she was abused or something before coming to the shelter because she was really skittish around people and would immediately lay down with her body leaning away if you tried to pet her.  She would visibly flinch when you touched her too 😦  Poor baby 😦  Apparently some dogs never outgrow that, which is heartbreaking.  I’d like to see what she’s capable of with being in a loving home though.  Maybe I could help turn her around.  Plus, spring is coming and I’d love a reason to get out and go for a walk.  (She’s timid with those as well, though.  If she’s afraid, she’ll just lay down and completely refuse to go further.)
I learned more about fostering from some of the other volunteers and I’m starting to consider fostering her.  She was really sweet and I’d love to be able to give her a loving home and take her out of the shelter and give her some TLC.  I know it’s a big commitment, so I haven’t made any decisions yet.  I’m thinking of going back to the shelter this weekend to take her on another walk or see what I can do there.  There are some people that go up every weekend and it’s only a short cab ride from where I live…
I wonder what my hamster, Munch, would think about sharing me with a new friend.  haha

Let’s see…I’m at a coffee shop now finishing the last of these silly report cards. It’s a bit weird in my opinion to be writing up a bunch of report cards when a lot of the parents can’t read English, but ah well. It looks pretty anyway.  I guess it’s also normal for them to start sounding similar when you write out about 20+ of them.  It’s a bit like writing “x is a great student but _______” or ” ______ needs to work on…”.  I’m trying to make them sound different but I guess there’s only so many ways to write certain sentences.
I also work much better at coffee shops than I do in my own apartment, so I should have them finished within the next hour, which is super exciting.

I Skyped a bit last night with two friends I met in my early Korea days and it was awesome to catch up.  They’re both in roughly the same area (the UK), so it’d be awesome to meet up for a reunion post-Korea.  However, if I foster this dog, then that could make things interesting.  The future does change rather quickly though when you make big plans, so we shall see.

Anyway, that’s enough rambling for today.  Back to these report cards…

Edit:
1. Report cards are finisheeeddddd!  Wahoo!
2. I’m stoked because a friend of mine from England and I are putting together care packages for each other.  She has stuff from Korea that she misses and I miss England in general, so she’s going to put together a little box for me.  I think she mentioned putting curry mixes in for me because I’ve developed an insatiable love for Indian curry and naan.  🙂
3.  My gym membership starts back up tomorrow and I’m anxious to get back at it.  I delayed my membership til tomorrow because I didn’t want to overwhelm myself and make myself feel obligated to go while jetlagged and settling back in at work.  In hindsight, it would have been nice to be able to burn out some stress, but ah well, tomorrow it is and I’m ready.

Lots of Love :)

I just wanted to share some of the things my kiddos have made for me in the past few weeks 🙂

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The first one was just the front and back of a sheet of paper.  I was making something for a display before class and they took the scrap and wrote on it in “secret” and then gave it to me when they were finished.  🙂  They did it in pencil so it’s pretty light; you might have to click on them to view them properly.
Another girl gave me a bracelet too 😀  It’s made out of those plastic beads that link together.  Cute cute cute!

The last two are from a student that had his last day on Friday.  He’s moving to a new city and gave me the present at the end of class.  I wasn’t expecting anything and it was so sweet.  I loved the letter and I have it hanging on my refrigerator.  🙂

Anyway, I’ve been keeping busy over here.  The penpal letters are finished (minus one student that left his at home and keeps forgetting it…which is delaying me sending the package..oi.) and I’m going to send them off on Monday.
I have 3 envelopes going out.  One for the younger students to a group of kids in Illinois and one to my second cousin (I think that’s the proper name for her) who is the same age as my students.  She’s going to be paired up with one of my kiddos.  Then I’ll mail out the second one on Tuesday I guess because of that last kid.  If he doesn’t bring his letter on Monday, then I’ll have him write a new one.  Can’t have 50 other students waiting for one kid to get organized.

Also, I’m going to a Thanksgiving party in just a bit.  It’s a bit delayed, but as Thanksgiving isn’t a holiday here, our group moved it to the weekend so we all have time and can meet up properly for it instead of having it super late at night.

Annnd lastly, I put up my Christmas decorations yesterday 😀

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