Happy New Year!

I can’t believe it’s already mid-month! As usual “intensive” classes, held when students are ostensibly on holiday, are jam-packed with educational goodness. As a result, I’ve got a few bon mots from my sweet students. Here are some of my favorites:

Other than school, I’ve had a veritable flurry of brief visits. Week before last, my mother was here for a long weekend and today I had lunch with my step-father. He works for Delta, so he’s here for work. Mama was here for me. 🙂 I was working, so we didn’t get to do much, but it was still great to see her. My summer visit was cut short by the hurricane, as you may recall. I could link the post from September, but I probably won’t.

School is going well, considering the academic director got married yesterday. No major lapses in planning or fore-thought. A minor miracle here on the peninsula. I finished with my SAT classes, so I no longer have to think up rationalizations for the minutiae of English grammar on the fly.

Next week, I get to fast forward through a nude scene in the movie my middle school class is watching. It’s a class of boys, so I’m already snickering that they aren’t going to get to see the one part of the movie that would be interesting to them. Remember the films you watched in school? Wouldn’t a little nudity have made them more fun and interesting? Yeah.
My legs are dying at the moment. I’ve actually been sticking to my resolutions. No, not the one to randomly blackmail people that I put on my facebook page. My real resolutions: cut out processed foods and exercise. So far, I’ve learned that green smoothies are delicious, even if they look and sound vile; I’ve lost 3kg (yes, a sign of how far I have to go); and I’ve realized exactly how out of shape I had gotten. When I say it hurts to use stairs, I mean, up or down, three steps or three flights, I want to grimace in pain. By “want” of course, I mean that I probably am. Fortunately, I’m a foreigner, therefore, crazy. 🙂
I have actually been knitting, but I don’t have any good photos. A few weeks ago, I finished a February Lady Sweater in a lovely green. I finally got the buttons on after Mama left, but I still haven’t worn it in public. Maybe to next weeks’ SnB… I’m about 1/3 of the way finished with a Henley-style sweater (not from a pattern) in an eggplanty color. Aubergine, if you prefer. Dongdaemun was having a great sale on yarn, so I bought enough to make sweaters in four colors, including these two. 🙂 Now, I just have to make them. And finish them. And put buttons on them. And wear them in public.

0 thoughts on “Happy New Year!”

  1. Fortunately, I teach in the “private” aka for-profit sector, so I don’t actually have to assign grades, just return their work corrected.The one about sleeping with friends helping to make new friends would have gotten a A for effort, though. 🙂

  2. Jen…. My spelling problems are getting worst and worst but I don’t fucking care, just like I rap half of time and sound like a dumb azz in my lecture classes but I get my point stright. I love what you had to point out…after all I am an artist wants be out side of the frame.

  3. Anna,With the prevalence of spell check, a lot of Americans are terrible spellers these days, but I don’t get to track their mistakes and post them… 🙂

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