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    NJ native without the accent or the big hair. Currently residing in Beijing. Teaching English. Absorbing all things China. Exploring SE Asia.

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Life lately

I have a confession to make.  I was wearing flip flops around the apartment and wore them right into the shower today.  I don’t know why I suddenly reverted back to my college days and their accompanying grody showers, but I looked down and there they were.

Aside from wearing my shoes into the shower, two friends and I decided to take a break from Chinese food and eating in, and treated ourselves to TGI Friday’s tonight.  My Caribbean calamari salad (minus the squid, I had it replaced with chicken instead) was yum and a nice break from the ordinary.

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Easter egg dyeing

As I mentioned last week, my international students spent a class dyeing Easter eggs.  Most of them had never done it before, so it was fun to watch them experiment with different designs and colors.  I think all but two of the boys probably has ADHD (or am I confusing that with junior high?), so it was a challenge to get them all focused on a task and not wandering around asking to use the computers and trying to climb out the office windows (for real).

Yerkezhan (Kazakhstan), Linda and Min (Korea), Neil (Texas), Bella (Korea), and Jess (UK) show off their eggs

I caught Timo (Germany) making a swastika egg and made him change his design. The result? A window.

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Eggs, dye and prepubescent boys

Any time I engage in a task that involves solitary repetition, I have flashbacks to my childhood when my Mom would ground me.  She had a home business and if it was mailing time or inventory time or anything else time, my sisters and I had to watch it because one step out of line meant we got to do the task as punishment instead of getting paid for it.  So any kind of envelope stuffing, counting, folding, etc brings me back to my adolescent years when I did a lot of this.  Once my parents decided to buy all new doors for the house – inside and outside.  My Dad thought it would be a good idea to finish the new wooden doors for the inside by himself – the sanding, staining, and polyurethane.  Long story short, I finished quite a few of those doors, and not willingly, if you know what I mean.

I’m about to give exams and I just finished collating and stapling all of them in preparation for my 8am class in the morning.  I couldn’t shake the feeling the entire time I was working that I was being punished for something bad I had done.  Good job, Mom and Dad.  You scarred me for life.  ( just kidding )  Actually I had that same nagging feeling when I was spending hours by myself (well, me and Pandora) refinishing my room at home this winter (pictures here, where you can also see those doors).

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An eggstraveganza

Each year we, the foreign teachers, have a huge Easter egg hunt.  We got all the eggs ready on Wednesday for hiding some time next week.  There are several thousand of them, and each contains a slip of paper saying, “Return this egg to the foreign teacher’s office and you could win 100 yuan!”  (100 yuan is about $14.50.)  Only one egg gets the 100 yuan prize and some get other prizes, but everyone gets candy.  We usually lose a lot of eggs each year because the kids would rather keep the plastic egg than give it back to us and get some candy.  They all say things like, “Teacher, the egg is so small and cute!  I want to keep it!”  (The Chinese have a propensity for small cute things that I can’t quite figure out, like college students loving Hello Kitty.  But that’s another post for another time.)  Continue reading

No longer in Kansas

We’re reading through the Wizard of Oz in my two classes of International Students.  After we finish the book we’ll watch the movie and compare the similarities and differences.  So far the students are enjoying the book.  While looking for some pictures for a Powerpoint, I found these Anne Leibovitz photos from a Vogue Oz-inspire photo-shoot with Keira Knightley that I thought were pretty interesting.

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First week of school

It’s the first week back at school, and school officials have already canceled classes.  8th period yesterday was canceled and all classes are canceled tomorrow.  In the words of my team leader, “It sure does feel like we’re back to school now that classes are inexplicable canceled.”

I have a bunch of new students and here are the most memorable names this semester: