The New Kindies

31 05 2009

As requested, here are a couple of pictures of our new kindergarteners. Not so new, I suppose, since we’ve been teaching them for three months now.

Baby class.

Baby Class.

Back row: Sara, Pauline, Rosie, Eric, Daniel. Front row: Alice, Chelsea. With K: Steve Young. Not pictured: Katie.

When they are naughty, they are sent to Baby Class.

When they are naughty, they are sent to Baby Class.

Back row: Steffani, Olivia, Clara, Lina, Grace, Catherine. Front Row: Brian, Jun, Peter, David.


The Refreshing Taste of Pine

31 05 2009


Last week I went to the store to pick up something bubbly. Right next to the grape pop that I was looking for, there were a few cans of this stuff sitting there and looking lonely. So I bought one.

“Since there are so few on the shelf, maybe beverages infused with the taste of pine needles are delicious,” I thought.

After a few days sitting in the fridge, we decided to crack it open. The slightly greenish liquid appeared innocuous, but its scent reminded us less of a forest breeze, and more of Pinesol. Unfortunately, that’s pretty much what it tasted like, too. Not that we’ve tasted a lot of Pinesol. Maybe it is an acquired taste.

So Now What Do We Get to Panic Over?

28 05 2009

Yesterday was my Open Class (Jake’s was last week), an event where, after several weeks of panic, Korean style, the students’ parents sat in our classes for a total of 40 minutes, watching their children be, well, children.  No matter how hard they try to squeeze it out of them, darnit, it turns out a five year old’s will to party is much stronger.

But my kids were awesome.  They sang their songs, did their dance moves, answered my questions, sat nicely, and no one cried or went crazy.  I am so proud of them (and me!) for doing such a good job.  And they were handsomely rewarded with, what else? 20 cent toys from China that probably broke on their way to the bus.  But I digress….

Today is the final day of Open Classes, and I believe tonight there will be some to much celebrating.  We’ve been on the wagon for so long, I am kinda nervous–like first date nervous–to hang out with Sirs Vodka and Tonic again.  What if they have changed?  What if I have?  What if we don’t have anything to say to each other?  Who am I kidding?

We are officially under three months to go here.  We have decided not to go to China this summer, and just tour around Korea a bit.  We have made a very grown-up decision here (Let the Record Show!!) to save money for the future blahblahblah instead of gallivant about Asia, especially considering that we have already had two fabulous vacations in the last 6 months.  And truly who knows how long it will take us to find gainful employment?  I worry that all the fruits of our sacrifice here will disappear into the ether shortly after our return home.  Any suggestions?

We are going to hike Mt.Fuji before coming home though.  It will be early September, and I hear that it is a night hike with a summit sunrise.  We are so excited.  I am really looking forward to clean air, crisp winds, and views.  I did not realize how ingrained my need for open space was.  We are nestled into a foggy, smoggy valley here, and even on hikes we are lucky to see to the next ridge over, at best.  My mom always said that cloudy days made her claustrophobic, which I totally understand now.

This weekend we will visit a local temple/museum/park with some friends.  I am looking forward to doing something out of the ordinary.  These past two months has been a lot of business on the weekends and not a lot of playing.  I hope everyone has a great weekend and does not spend too much time missing us.

Ho, Hum

22 05 2009

I’d like to say that the reason we haven’t posted in a week is because of the faulty internet connection, but that’s not true.  We have been slacking again, but for totally legitimate (albeit unexciting) reasons.  School demands, extra school demands, being sick, being tired, being uninspired, and generally because nothing great has happened around here in a while.  Sadly this post is no end to the dull streak.

The Internet

12 05 2009

For some reason the internet still isn’t working at our house. We’re trying to figure out why, and how to fix it. (We’re doing this quick post from school.) Sorry for any inconvenience.

Happy Mother’s Day!

10 05 2009

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers out there. Our internet wasn’t working all morning or we would have called at least a few of you on Skype. Now it is too late, and we don’t want to disturb your beauty rests. So have a happy day, and thanks for doing all of those motherly things you do.

Summer’s Here

9 05 2009

Today we are making the trek to the post office in Suji to mail home some winter clothes. We are getting so close to the end of our adventures in Korea, it’s exciting and nerve-wracking all at once. It isn’t clear where we’ll be living or what we’ll be doing when we get back to the US. I usually enjoy that feeling of “anything’s possible” that you get when a big change is coming. This time that anticipation is laced with the likely reality of going back to being something less exciting and glamorous than “English teacher in Korea.” “Store clerk in Thermopolis” or “salesperson in Atlanta,” for example, just doesn’t have the same sort of ring. The feeling of uncertainty is actually greater than when we moved to Korea, when we at least knew we had jobs and an apartment waiting for us. Who knows what will happen when we get back, but at least it’ll be easier to get burritos and tasty beer.