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…

Surviving

First week of teaching and I survived…barely.  I survived IKEA and the subway on a Saturday.  I survived Teacher Appreciation day.  I survived the deaths of two people I love this week.  Oh, and a bout of food poisoning, and an instance of choking. Yeah, it’s been a week like that. Monday, the first real…

A whirlwind of new beginnings

It’s been a while since I have been able to write.  I took a week off between jobs but that was filled with going to government offices in the continuing heat wave, and really having no down time at all.   Then, working at my new school started on Saturday, but on Sunday, I subbed at…

It’s not over till…

So in my final days at my job, it was never sad.  They asked me to do my last special event on my last day.  They asked me to do a yoga class.  It was really nice.  We went over to a Tae Kwan Do place, and we had class there and then they did…

In the midst of upheaval

There’s so much going on I can barely keep up.  Most of it is just stuff in my head.  Transitions and changes are getting the best of me.  This is upheaval time. I fired my nanny two weeks ago.  Most of you know she was number 16, and I think we’ve had her the longest. …

Feeling the love and the heat!

Shanghai has been breaking records in heat this summer.  I take a picture of the temperature everyday because I can’t believe it.  Two days ago, the girls and I looked on the internet for hotter places…Cairo, Phoenix, Thailand, but no, we win, every time.  And it’s no cooler at night. It was a bit of…