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…

The Best Laid Plans

I have so many things looming over my head, and all I want is a vacation!  I want to go to the hot springs but I keep putting it off until I can get all of this paperwork squared away.  It seems very over-whelming, I have to say.  I almost wonder if it’s unattainable.  The…

48 years

Forty-eight years exploring this Earth and some of the many things it has to offer.  My favorite gifts are people.  I’ve had some great celebrations with some great people these past few days.  My friend Connie is leaving China.  We went out to Taco Bell, had a lovely lunch, and got presents!  Connie gave me…

The pains of transitions

Transitions are never easy.  Paperwork and red tape in China is never-ending.  Life as an ex-pat is never dull.  I was taught to not use “never” and “always,” but these are common truths. The list of things I have to do and the hoops I have to jump through seems endless.  The thing is, it…

On the fence

What a week of ups and downs, yes’s and no’s, and just back and forth on the fence.  A week ago, I went to sign the contract.  And I did sign the contract.  I took the girls with me so they could see the school. But as I was talking to HR, they gave me…

As the World Turns…

Volume three of the interview saga… I had the meeting with the owner, and he was uncharacteristically (for Chinese) direct and, I felt, discriminatory.  “How are you going to have energy after work to deal with your children?”  He asked.  I asked him if he had no teachers who were parents.  He said yes, but…