Tuesday, February 7, 2012

New things

Again, it's been a while.  I know.  I've had good reason, though.

I've started my TESOL class (which is my first graduate-level class) and moved up to the next level in my Korean class, so I've really had to step up my level of work.  I have two presentations in TESOL this week and one in Korean.  I'm not going to lie... I'm starting to get nervous.  On top of that, this past weekend, I moved into my new apartment.  The heat and hot water had been out in my old one for about a week, so I opted to push up my move-in date.  I'm so glad I did.  My apartment isn't much - a room, a bath, and a loft - but I am a big fan of it.  I don't have any good pictures of it, as I'm still unpacking and storing some boxes in it for its old occupant, a friend of mine, until she comes back for them in about a month.  I do, however, have a picture of my roommate, the occupant of the loft.  It's not a great one, but I think you'll get the gist:

Yup!  The same friend also left me her rabbit, Manila.  Manila's pretty easy-going, although she's a bit territorial right now.  I just need to out-alpha-rabbit her.  I think I can do it.  She needs a lot of attention, but we're working on the balance.  I'm enjoying having her around.  I think we're going to be great friends.

Tonight, I also began the first in my series of new initiatives to get together with my graduated 6th graders.  I want to be able to give them a break from the pressures they're about to face and show them that there's more to life than getting a perfect score.  I want to push the G-d aspect and that he's more important than making good money or gaining social status.  I'm not sure how I'm going to convey all of this, but, right now, I'll settle for an age-appropriate movie and some food that's good for your soul.  I hope you will join me in keeping these kids in prayer - yes, all of them, but especially these three: Emma, Irin (sounds like Irene), and Cleo.  I've given you their English names, not their Korean ones (yes, I finally learned them), because there are a lot of sick-os that use the Internet.  Their names are pretty common in the Korean world, but I'm not taking any chances.  Also, if you have any suggestions of fun things to do with middle school girls, let me know, because I can't always luck out and find a movie (Happy Feet 2) that I know I'll feel comfortable taking them to see.  I know... I can't believe that I'm volunteering to hang out with middle schoolers either.

Anyway, that's what I've been up to.  I've had some people re-connecting with me via Facebook, and I've really been enjoying that.  I'd be incredibly interested in knowing what's new with you too, so leave me a comment!



  1. When I think of middle school, I think of hair, nails, and makeup. Perhaps even some jewelry making!