The month of March welcomes the new school year. All the stores are flooded with notebooks, backpacks and pencils (and shopping Koreans.) I avoid these stores at all costs. Yesterday (Sunday) I made the big mistake of going to E-Mart (comparable to Wal-Mart) for groceries in the afternoon. The only time I can tolerate E-Mart is in the morning when children are at school or late in the evening. Koreans love to take the whole family shopping on Sundays and Koreans are horrible shoppers. Maybe because I don't like shopping, but in stores they're completely oblivious to everything and everyone around them. (My mother completely agreed.) In fact, a man was looking at body wash. His basket was on one side of the isle, he was on the other. Since I needed to go down that isle, I had to step over his basket full of goods. I'm to the point where Koreans can get out of the way of my cart or get hit. I watch where I'm going. I'm fully aware that you are walking in the path of my buggy. It's not my fault you aren't looking. BAM!
March also brings a slew of new teachers. Last Thursday was a holiday so Wednesday night was the night to go out and meet all the newbies. I'd like to say I have a bunch of new friends now but that would be a lie. It was completely overwhelming. We're talking more than 40 new faces, names to learn and stories to listen to. I just wasn't up for it. So I sat with my girlfriends in the corner, secretly judging and making bets on who would be the first to drop their drink or go home with Josh (***name changed for privacy...***). I remember names of about four new people. I figure I'll have a year to meet the rest.
My work schedule has also changed with the coming of the new school year. It's sweet. I try not to brag about my job too much because people get angry. But just give me two minutes... So before February, I had about 120 students and four co-teachers. One teacher left so that makes three. (I could totally be a math teacher if I wanted!) So now I have less than 100 students! Hooray! Every day I go into work at around 3:30 (let's be serious... around means I roll in at 3:45 or 3:50) and start teaching at 4:30. I finish at 9 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 6:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I have at least two hours of break time every day. Actually today is Monday and I have more break time (3.5 hours) than I teach (2.5). I. Love. My. Job.
I dog sat this weekend. My friend Emily went to the Philippines so I stayed with her adorable puppy Sadie. We had a good time. Slash pretty much slept all weekend to recover from the nights I went out. This was how we felt on Sunday.
I also took full advantage of Emily's slow cooker and made a roast with potatoes and carrots and chili. Yum!
Hmmm... Let's see, what else? Oh, I'm starting a new class this week. I'll be teaching adults who work at one of the steel plants in town. Three times a week for an hour each day. It's a free talking/conversation/business class. I'm a little nervous to start tomorrow but I'm sure it will be fine.
Other than that there's not much new going on. It's finally starting to warm up a little but supposed to be rainy all week. Blah. Bring on the sun so I can go to the beach, Mother Earth!
That's it for now, folks!