Good-bye Jennifer and Lindsey

November 29, 2009

This Saturday night was the good-bye party for Jennifer and Lindsey, two very cool women I met in Incheon. I always felt a little bad, because they were my then boyfriend’s friends more than mine, although I genuinely liked them.

We went to Monkey Beach, my other friend Kim and I. Well, it wound up being quite the adventure because we couldn’t find it. We asked several passers-by, but no one had heard of the place.  We walked down the street, and then walked up the street. We went all over, and finally as we were trying desperately to call someone, we found what we thought was the door. It was instead just a banner, but eventually we were able to figure out that the bar itself was around the corner and down the street. Whew.  By the way, Rodeo street is actually pretty cool.   At Monkey Beach, they have a ton of security, and that security asked Kim for I.D. — but they didn’t ask me for I.D. I felt quite old. I even shaved my legs and wore blush. What more could they possibly want?    We go in, and there is the gang.  The drinks were in buckets with multiple straws and apparently there had been more than one consumed. Everyone was having a great time.  I gave hugs all around, and we stayed for a while. But you know the security guy was right.  I am getting old. The thought of staying out till 4 or 5 am is just not that appealing. However I will miss both Jennifer and Lindsey, even though I didn’t get to hang with them as often as  I would have liked.  They were both very cool women.

Jennifer has her stuff together way more than I do now, even though she is half  my age, and Lindsey is going to be one awesome coach/teacher.   That is one of the downsides to this life.  People come in to your life and you enjoy their company, even become friends and then you move and they move and you know,  staying in touch by e-mail and Facebook helps, but it really isn’t the same. Things change in their lives, things change in your life, and then they change, and you change.  But then I think change really is part of life. I must admit I’m a little sad. Sad they are leaving and sad I didn’t know them better.  However, I do think both of them will be very happy wherever they go and both of them are going to be successful at whatever they choose to do. They are just those kind of women.

And it is raining today, befitting my mood.

Happy Thanksgiving

November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

A quick list of the things I’m thankful for:

Pumpkin pie

Friends to share it with

Classes that go well

My students


My family

My apartment

The world– just as it is

I’m sleepy, like a pig that is full

November 22, 2009

actually I’m not very sleepy at all. That is one of my students similes.  1st years were doing a speaking test, so I did something different for my 2nd year students. We listened to “missing” by Everything But The Girl– “And I miss you – like the deserts miss the rain” and then we did our own similies. I really love the creativity of my students. I know that a lot of what they say in English isn’t “correct” in that it isn’t exactly what a native speaker would say, but … I think it sounds even better than what we would come up with.

Some of the best ones–

I miss you like the elderly miss the youth

I’m excited like the lion who discovers the zebra

I’m annoyed like a teacher snatched my cellphone (cellphones are against the rules, if a teacher catches them with one they can lose it for one month.  )

I’ll wait for you like we wait for spring in winter

It is delicious like his voice whispers to me

Your smile is cute like Pikachu

It is clean like the sky after rain (I love the imagery here)

I need you like toilet paper in the bathroom

And my top three:

I hate studying like tigers hate vegetables

I love you like a fool

and– of course I have to love this one

I am happy like Christine teacher. (sigh)

I don’t have much else going on in my life right now. I’m still studying for the TEFL– only 3 more units, but they are actually getting more time-consuming – not more difficult, just more time-consuming.  I had to make a lesson plan using authentic reading material and it took 4 days just to find something that a) I thought was interesting, b) I thought my hypothetical students would find interesting and then c) make up a whole bunch of worksheets for it.  I must admit that my lesson plans submitted for my TEFL are much more detailed and complex than my real lesson plans for my school.

Next week we have a game week because some classes didn’t finish the speaking test, and some classes did- the week after is the week before final exams, and then we have one more week after that before winter break.  My students are losing their concentration and I have to admit I don’t blame them.

Yeha, woot, scream, more screams

November 11, 2009

I’m typing away on my lesson plan for next week, when all of the sudden an eruption of sound issues from outside. There is a gauntlet of 1st and 2nd year students cheering on the 3rd year students. The 3rd year students will take the SAT on Thursday, so the rest of the school came out to cheer them on when they left early for home and all the last-minute studying you know they will be doing.  Here in Korea the SAT is mandatory, and it is a big, big, big deal. I think it is kind of cool that the students cheer each other on big deal things like this.

In class, one of my students used the should/shouldn’t construction perfectly.  “Class-mates, you should concentrate on me now”  she said before giving her presentation.  They have come up with some pretty good presentations, and I’m always really happy with them.  I am looking forward to their speaking test next week ( just the 1st year students) and you know, reading the news makes me feel grumpy and misanthropic, but teaching high school makes me feel very optimistic. I have some very cool students.

One of my 2nd year students has been chosen to represent the school in a national speech contest. I am helping her, and the topic she chose is “Women Leaders” She is going to make a case that women will make better leaders in the new century.  It makes my heart go all gooey and warm.

Sometimes, life really is very good.

I only wish it was some great advetnure

November 8, 2009

I’m sorry I haven’t been posting lately.  I wish is was because I was too busy with some great adventure, but unfortunately it was a combination of feeling under the weather and trying to kick it with my tefl course.  I’m actually having a hard time concentrating on things, and I think google is to blame.

Halloween was fun, and I’ve still managed to visit a few friends, but mostly I just go to work and come home and work on the tefl.

How boring is that?
I’m going to have to change the name of my blog to Well, that wasn’t very interesting at all, now was it.