Jingang Resort I cashed in on my “trip to the Jinan hot springs” Christmas gift from Nate today. We had an address, but our cab driver didn’t know where it was! After a call to Lainey we were told the driver knew of another hot springs by the airport, so we agreed that he could … More BACK AT IT: Day 124, Tuesday Dec 31 2013
Leaving Nate in bed I went over to hisense (Katrina’s building complex) to meet Sonya. She was waiting for me with a basketball. We played for about an hour and when we were tired we switched over to practice with nun chucks. Sonya is teaching me to flip the nun-chucks around my hand but I … More BACK AT IT: Day 123, Monday December 30 2013
Day went well aside from the alarm not going off in the morning. That is until Candy thrust a schedule in my face and then rushed away before I could get a chance to look at it- good indication that something’s up. We’re being asked to come in at 8:00 am on New Years, and … More BACK AT IT: Day 122, Sunday December 29 2013
Long day: packed with demo classes, make up classes, and actual classes. I had Strawberry class at the end of the day. They are super wild crazy kids, and they’d missed class last week because of Christmas. They’d forgotten everything. My nerve was about shot by the end of the two hours. I was glad … More BACK AT IT: Day 121, Saturday December 28 2013
Nate’s extended family were having their annual christmas gathering, so we were up skyping with them early in the morning. We picked up Nate’s nice warm newly lined jacket, and then headed to work. I taught my adorable pre-k-1 pineapple class, and afterwards we headed back home to relax and read.
Christmas already seems like it happened weeks ago. We are back at work now and I had my Harry Potter class, which is often a hit or miss. It went alright today but I have vowed never to give (the students) prizes if they are out of their seats. They are greedy and grabby and … More BACK AT IT: Day 119, Thursday December 26 2013
Inside our house was a warm bubble of Christmas cheer and music. We opened one present (which we were pretty sure was cheese) before preparing our full English breakfast. parent went to Uni-mart on a mission to get juice while Nate cooked. I said “Merry Christmas” to everyone I met, but only received blank stares and … More MERRY CHRISTMAS: Day 118, Wednesday December 25 2013
HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVE! Christmas Eve found us at Hero Mountain early in the morning learning Tai Chi from our 84 year old teacher. At the end of the lesson we explained to them that it was almost Christmas and wished them a Merry Christmas. We stopped at U-Mart on our way home to get bread … More CHRISTMAS EVE: Day 117, Tuesday December 24 2013
Nate had some Christmas shopping to do and I had a cold to nip in the butt, so he headed out early in the morning and I stayed home for relax and recovery.
I’d thought I’d been on the road to recovery from my Haiko head cold, but I woke up with a new bug. “Teacher Jen-nyfer” Amy, one of my 5 year old students bounced up to me bright eyed. She handed me a styrofoam sheat made to be snow. It had a whole christmas display on … More CHRISTMAS IS COMING: Day 115, Sunday Dec. 22 2013