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,…

Christmas Spirit and parenting woes

I have several stories to tell today, a few ups and a few downs.  Such is life.  In the middle of last week, I was getting frustrated.  After working all day, I am physically exhausted when I get home.  I often collapse on the couch and wake up in time to make dinner, eat, maybe…

Quarantine

Oh my goodness, teaching in a Chinese school is crazy!  I have never seen such craziness in all my years of teaching.  I know I mentioned that my school is (loosely) under quarantine.  My homeroom class is under stricter quarantine.  Let me tell you what that means.  I have a class of about 30 students…

Flu season/Christmas season

It turns out, Raine and I got the Norovirus.  We were the first wave, and several more waves have gone through my school.  The CDC came in and told us how we have to handle things.  Why we don’t just close the school, I don’t know, but I’m guessing because it’s a boarding school. The…

Holiday? What Holiday?

Thanksgiving sucked.  The whole beginning of the Christmas season was pretty much wasted.  I’m a little bit not over that yet right now.  No matter how much Christmas music I listen to, or how many paper snowflakes I’ve made, I’m just not feeling it. They had a special Thanksgiving lunch at my school which consisted…

Sometimes, it’s not all good.

I haven’t written for a while.  Between all of being sick for longer than we’re used to, and mid-terms and grading, I feel like I’ve had no time for myself. I show up to work every day early with a smile on my face, but I have to tell you, I’m questioning  my decision.  The…

Trick or treat?

There are several things I’d like to talk about, but I’m going to start with a story of adventure.  Sometime in August, my friend Rita sent us a package.  I gave her my work address before I even worked there, because by the time the package would arrive, I would be working there.  Usually in…

It’s all good.

It’s been hard to keep up with things because things have been crazy busy!  It’s all good stuff.  There’s just so much of it.  Last Monday seems like a year ago already, but this is the day I made stone soup with my students.  They each had to bring something in.  A lot of students…

Golden Week

I’m nearing the end of eight-day holiday usually referred to as “Golden Week.”  Here in China, October 1 is National Day, and the full moon is Mid-Autumn Festival (don’t mind the temperatures in the high 80’s.  They assure it’s autumn and I can wear scarves and socks now).  Anyway, when you add it up, it’s…

The first 4 weeks…

This job is taking so much out of me!  I feel like I have no time for anything.  I have lost a bit of weight on those stairs though.  I don’t think I have ever felt so physically tired!  I come home, crash for like two hours and then make dinner and go to bed…