On a different note…

On a completely different topic…Something very different.   I’ve never talked about this, but the last time I went on a date (with my ex-husband) was April 10, 2010.  It was a very nice date, but the next day we separated (much to my shock) and I haven’t had time or even wanted to look at…

The expat experience

  I want to really talk about something that I’ve covered before.  I want to really, honestly, and bluntly talk about what it’s like as a foreigner living in China.  Of course, I live here legally, but that process is not easy, every. single. year.  I have to keep my documents with me, in order…

As summer arrives…

Our school year is winding down, and the girls’ last day was Friday.  My last day is next Friday.  It will be Raine’s last day forever.  It just isn’t working for her.  There are no special programs for special education.  No one has even heard of dyslexia even though they say they have.  She’s been…

Almost there

I can’t wait for summer!  Never in my teaching life have I been able to have summers off.  Realistically, I won’t have this one off either, since I won’t be paid, but I will be tutoring, comfortable in my home several hours a week.  Still, It will feel wonderful! Yesterday, our English department held an…

A little time to breathe

I don’t know long it has been or where to catch up from.  I worked for 20 out of 21 days in a row, most days at more than one job.  All of that is over, finally!  In fact, I don’t have the after-work job anymore.  They didn’t like that I had to take time…

No time to breathe

It’s been forever and a day since I updated my blog.  I have been over-worked, over-tired, and often sick (mostly horrendous allergies).  Mostly, I have a hard time saying “no” especially when the money is so good, but I am going to have to cut back.  I work every night after school except Thursdays when…

Fighting Fires

So School has not been the wonderful experience we were all hoping for.  For the first four weeks it’s been pretty awful, and my girls are troopers.  I feel like I’m just one big momma bear fighting fire after fire, while working three jobs to pay for this thing that is making my children miserable….

The first week of school and other stories.

I had the entire month of February off, and I never wrote a single blog.  More paid free-time than I have ever had, and I just didn’t write anything.  The whole first week, I worked at other places trying to make some extra money.  The next week was Rumi’s birthday.  She was adamant about not…

What a Day! And a few other stories…

Actually, What a week!  Ending with this day! It was finals week.  Honestly, it doesn’t affect me that much since for some reason, English Literature doesn’t require a final.  That means I don’t have to write one and I don’t have to grade them.  So my last class was last week.  My grades were done…

Two Stories

I have to stories I want to tell.  The first one starts January Second.  Rumi and Raine had noticed a very small baby kitten who had been lying alone in the same spot for a few days.  They had never seen a mother around, and she looked half-starved.  So, while I was at work, and…

How’s it going so far?

In an attempt at an end of the year wrap-up, I’m not sure that I can come up with any definitive ups, downs, bests, worsts, or even favorites.  I talked to the girls, and they can’t either.  Maybe we need a do-over. I lost a cousin, a favorite teacher/good friend, and a kitten.  These crushed…

Christmas in the Happiest Place on Earth

Our Holidays started out on Christmas Eve by going out with a bunch of friends from work.  Dinner wasn’t the best, and the service was so slow the mains didn’t arrive until about 2 or more hours after being ordered, but the room was warm and friendly.  I think 11 people in our neighborhood came,…