Heeeeeeeeey neglected blog of mine! Apologies- last week I was way too preoccupied with being stressed about my demo lesson for the parents to update. To the point of panic, actually. It was a bit ridiculous. I definitely need to work on my stage fright/fear of being judged in the near future. It has gone beyond normal jitters and is bordering on disabling. I am just discovering all of my weaknesses here in China, aren’t I? Fun!
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This week has been full of even more excitement than last. We have been planning the amazing trips we are going to take very soon with my Dad and my Mimi. I am counting down until they come, and it’s getting really close! In addition, we received an interesting job proposal in Asia that we are excited to get more information about. Trying to figure out what to do next is completely overwhelming because we are in a position to do pretty much anything we want come February. However, this is such an amazing place to finally be, and having new opportunities present themselves is so exciting! I will keep you posted on how things unravel, and which direction we decide to take.
Hello, all! I’m excited to report that this week I can write an upbeat, happy post, because this week has been really fun. The last few have, actually. As I suspected, August is a much better month for us than July was. Thank god.
Hooray! Today is my birthday! Kevin and I celebrated by going out with some friends last night. In Chinese culture you foot the bill for everyone on your birthday, so originally I kind of wanted to keep it on the down-low. We’re two days from payday and the cash flow is running dry! Not to mention it just feels wrong! Even on Rita’s birthday we ended up paying for our own drinks because what kind of a birthday gift is it to pay a ginormous bar tab?! Anyway, around midnight I blurted out that it was my birthday because I couldn’t help but be excited. Our friends were really nice and bought me a drink so we could all cheers! It was a fun night. This morning Kevin and I got up early and got brunch at our favorite restaurant before he had to go to work. So delicious! Since then I’ve just been lounging around so I figured I should squeeze in a blog post.
This week, although a short week because of the holiday, is going to be difficult. I have taken on my coworkers classes while he is on vacation so I come back in the afternoons and teach his class. This is a little tricky (I started on Saturday so I’ve already had a taste) because his class is literally 4x the size of mine and the kids are on average about a year and a half older. It’s nothing I can’t handle, and it’s actually quite nice because the students know a lot more English and they understand how to play games and do more activities. However, teaching them requires a lot more energy and screaming! My regular class of 4-6 2 year olds actually never gets very loud, and I’ve got a pretty stable routine down with them. But, I’m glad for the opportunity! It’ll help buff up my paycheck a little since I’m only getting a partial one this month because I didn’t start working at the beginning of December.
Hello, all! Today Kevin and I had such a great day. I finished work as always at noon and Kevin met me for lunch. I want to write more about the food here, but that is for another(/many more) post(s). The language barrier affects us most when it comes to ordering food. Going out with friends is a nice treat as not only can they show us new places, but they can help us order! Usually we get what we can point to, so there either has to be a pictures menu or someone else eating it, or else we have to play menu roulette, which has gotten us some less than appetizing menu options. We’re slowly getting better (when I first got here I stupidly couldn’t even use chopsticks, so at least at this point I can get most things into my mouth), but I can’t wait until we can understand our options a little better and can choose accordingly!