Here and there

I finally have some time to breathe and lots of things to talk about!  I think I’m going to go chronologically.  Last week, on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, the 6th grade and 10th grade had a field trip to Nanjing.  If you don’t know about the Nanjing (Nanking) massacre, or the “rape of Nanking,” I…

I found my tribe.

I waited until today to write this blog because I knew yesterday was going to be blog-worthy –and it was. Yesterday, a group of single mothers and their children got together and had a barbecue.  Five of us had 11 year-olds.  And there were 3 other girls and a baby boy.  It was amazing to…

School starts again…

The first week of school and I’ve barely recovered.  My office is on the 5th floor.  Some of my classes are on the fifth, some on the fourth and some on the second floors.  Damn stairs are going to KILL me!  Everyday feels like I ran a marathon. On Monday, all the teachers did a…

The end of summer

It’s the end of summer for me, and almost the end of summer for the girls.  Went back to my real job today, and actually left pumped.  I like our new teachers.  I’m excited for Rumi’s new teachers too.  So, I think this new year will be ok. Last week, we finally had fun.  There’s…

It’s a zoo!

My house has been a zoo: one dog, four cats, all of them crazy in their own way.  It’s ok, unless you want to meditate, nap, eat, or wake up happily. For some reason our adorable, sweet, English Bulldog, Sugar, just doesn’t know how to be potty-trained.  At already, one and half, she doesn’t seem…

Kind of like Christmas, but not…

We have had an amazingly uneventful summer filled with checking off “to do” list things, cooking good food, binge watching shows since we could barely watch any TV during the school year, reading, and acquiring things. See, now is the time when people move, and we have set up internet boards for resale, moving, and…

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…