Monday, February 28, 2011

Kindie Graduation

A 30-minute ceremony is torturous for the children.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Sometimes I tire of opening my own jars
And of waiting for things to happen in bars.

Sometimes I tire of being my sole motivation
For getting up and bringing home (no time to cook) the bacon.

Sometimes I get tired of carrying my own self home,
Bruised, bloodied, stumbling, and/or drunk, alone.

Sometimes I get tired of telling myself it will all be alright
And being the last one up, so please turn out the light.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

This essay takes the cake


The director currently has two applicants to replace me. One is being ignored because she worries the children might be afraid if she hired a black teacher.

I cannot even articulate a coherent response or commentary on this.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Oh, Korea

Yesterday I witnessed a literal cat fight on my way to work, a 5-year-old wiped a huge booger on my skirt when the tissue was within his reach, and I had to climb on top of someone's shiny new car in my heels to get to my mailbox to retrieve my house key.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Born to Run

Loved it! I burned through this one pretty fast and want to go back for more. I definitely recommend it to anyone interested in running, barefoot running, or getting into either one.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Yong Pyeong Ski Trip

When a 3 hour bus ride to Seoul from skiing takes 7 hours because of a snow storm and I have to spend Monday night with a friend in Itaewon before getting up at 6 a.m. to go home and get ready for work, these are the things I stop to appreciate.

I am thankful we didn't have to drive our own car back.
I am thankful I used the bathroom before I got on the bus.
I am thankful I brought a bunch of snacks with me to share with my hungry friends.
I am thankful I had my friends with me to combat the boredom.
I am thankful we were not the last ones back to the bus at the rest stop because I don't honestly believe our driver wouldn't have left our waegook butts in the snow.
I am thankful there were 3 of us to split the cab from the Mapo bus stop to crash space in Itaewon.
I am thankful there was crash space in the city so I didn't have to check into a room for 5 hours until dawn.
I am thankful that 7 hour bus ride still only cost 15,000 won.

Aside from the return trip, we had a pretty great weekend at Yong Pyeong resort. Check out their Web site for bus details and such. We split a room at the hostel at the resort for 70,000 won total for the night. There's a water park, bowling alley, karaoke, sauna, a few bars, and so on. Lots of fun stuff to do and decent enough slopes. The only downer was how icy it was with little fresh snowfall. I really miss skiing back home in the Rockies.