Sunday, May 25, 2014

My Summer Bucket List

I'm linking up with Deanna Jump to share TEN things I want to do this summer.

I'm teaching English in South Korea this year, and Korea's school year is from March to January. So that means I will not be getting a summer. I will have 8 days off in August. That's it.

But....I still have things I wanna do!

Here's my list...

10. I want read a lot of books this summer. Right now I'm reading the second book in the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. I also have the Divergent series, the Matched series, and the Game of Throne series on my Kindle list. What's on your list?

9. My friend, Katie, and I spent the afternoon at the park yesterday, and let me tell was the absolute best day. We went to this park in downtown a little bit, talked, played Nertz and rummikub, and people watched. We plan on doing this as much as can this summer.

8. I have signed up for the Color Me Rad 5K in Seoul on July 19th. I started the Couch to 5K program this week. Let's just say that I am NOT a runner. I feel great after each run, but I sure would like to buy some new legs at the legs store. I'm hoping and praying it gets easier.

7. One of my good friends is going out of town for the summer. She's an assistant professor here in Korea (in Korea you can teach at a university with just a Masters degree), and she gets 7 weeks off. She's going home to the states, and I get to doggie sit. I am so excited! I miss my dogs so much, and miss Philopena is just the cutest thing. I love her to pieces, and she is the most laid back dog. Is she cute or what?

6. One of my big things on my summer to do list is GET A JOB! I am looking for a teaching job for next year. The big problem is that I will be getting home about 2 days after school starts. But hopefully my future principal will be OK with me starting a little late.

5. It happened yesterday. I was walking to the subway, and sweat started breaking out all over my face. In Korea, it gets hot. Like really hot. And it's super humid. Now I'm from Texas, so I'm used to hot humid weather. However, in Texas, we use this thing called air conditioning. So it makes it more tolerable. In Korea, however, IF they have on the air conditioning then it's only like on a level 1 out of levels 1-10. So I might be purchasing a parasol when out in the sun. Most Korean women use one. I just might have to as well.

4. I'm getting healthier this summer! I am taking Plexus, and it has helped me so much. Better sleep, way less migraines, less restless legs, more energy, etc. Can't wait to see how Plexus improves my health this summer! Wouldn't it be awesome to have the problem of having to buy new clothes?

3. I plan on watching these TV shows on Netflix at school. Yes, I get paid to watch Netflix sometimes. It's a hard life, but someone's gotta do it.

Do you have any must-see TV shows that I should add to my list?

2. I have 8 days off this summer, and I am hoping to go to Bali. Looks amazing, doesn't it?

1. I leave Korea in 3 months, so I plan on living it up as much as I can. I am sure going to miss it!

Head on over to Deanna's blog and read what everyone's doing this summer!

By the way, if I haven't mentioned it....I LOVE LOVE LOVE comments! They make my heart smile!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Five 4 Friday

TGIF! I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs for the wonderful Five for Friday!

We went to a flea market last Saturday. It was great! I found some royal blue low heels for only $3.00!

I also got to see this cutie-patootie in his remote control car. His dad has the remote control and controls it while the the little boy just goes around and around in it. I have seen them several times.

The coolest thing though was being able to dress up in a traditional Korean hanbok. They had a whole section where you could dress up in a hanbok. My friend, Caroline, wanted to wear one, so I said I would totally do it with her. When in Korea, right?

They are beautiful, but man, they sure are NOT flattering on the figure!
I have signed up for my very first 5K! I will be doing the Color Me Rad 5K in Seoul on July 19th. I'm NOT a runner. By any stretch of the imagination.

I've always thought about doing it but have never done it. So I figured I'm in Korea so it's the perfect time to do it!

I started the Couch to 5K on Monday.

So far, I've done 2 workouts. Doing the 3rd workout tomorrow.

So yesterday, I was supposed to have a 3rd period class and a 4th period class. Where were they? Who knows...although I think there was a choir concert going on in the gym. I can hear them singing the Korean version of Let It Go. Of course, no one told the English teacher.

It's that heart knows the answer. Even though a piece of my heart will forever remain in Korea, I am coming home to the great state of Texas. 

I officially signed that I will not be renewing my contract and turned it in. Made me a little sad.
Today I was having one of those body-parts-floating-in-your-soup kind of days. Have I mentioned that I don't like octopus? Thank goodness for my PB&J that I brought!

So how was your week?

Friday, May 16, 2014

Five 4 Friday - Teachers Day and answered prayer!

Can I get a woo-hoo! It's Friday!

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs for the Five for Friday!

This past weekend I went to visit my good friend, Bridget, in Daegu. 

We visited Tumuli Park, a park of ancient tombs from the Shilla Dynasty where the important people were buried. We even went inside one. A little creepy. But really cool.

We also went to the Love Castle. Now let me Korea, sex is not talked about. At all. Many couples don't really know what to do when they get married. So there are these sex museums around Korea, which show in various forms (statues, pictures, pottery, etc) how to have sex. I'm not into this kind of thing at all, but I wanted to check it out because it's a huge part of Korean culture. In fact, the biggest sex museum is on Jeju Island and many couples go there for their honeymoon and go to the sex museum there. I took pictures there, but this picture is about the only one that it suitable to share. 

On Sunday, we went thrift store shopping and walking around Daegu. Bridget found this adorable pink princess headband and just had to have it. Have I told you that the hair accessories over here are awesome? Especially the ones for little girls? Oh my goodness.

After shopping at the end of the day, we went to the subway station so I get on my way home. We met an old Korean dude in the subway. He is really nice at first and asks questions in English. Then he starts speaking Korean to Bridget and tells her that I'm fat (over and over again) but propositions her for sex. Lovely. Not that I wanted to be propositioned, but I certainly didn't want to be told over and over again that I'm fat! My self-esteem took a hit that day. It really did.

Yesterday was Teachers Day in Korea. In the morning, we all went to the gym for an assembly where the teachers line up at the front and the students give you flowers. Most teachers got one little bouquet. A couple got two bouquets. I got five. I felt very loved. Aren't they beautiful?

Some classes were cancelled, and others weren't. For 5th and 6th grade, we met in the gym and played blind volleyball. Now you may be wondering what in the world that is. Well let me show you....I took a video! I'm trying to upload it to YouTube, but it is taking FOREVER! When it is uploaded, I will add it to this blog post. Sorry! It's been over 3 hours now, and it still says pending. AGH!

To tide you over, here are some pictures I took on instagram. 

There are three seeing players who stand at the back of each team, except when the server is blind. Up near the net, there are three players who hold hands. One seeing person is in the middle with a blind person on each side. If one of them is not blind, they have to wear black-out goggles so they can't see. The blind players are dragged around trying to block the ball and hit it. It's similar to regular volleyball except the ball goes under the net instead of over it. It's pretty fun to watch!

I've been feeling a little down lately. Missing friends. People saying snarky things to me, on Facebook and from my co-teacher. If you know me at all, "down" and I don't mix well. I don't like that feeling.

So I started looking outside myself if you will and began helping to cheer up a friend of mine. I found this and just HAD to share it with her and now with all of you. I am a HUGE Muppets fan. Like HUGE. I found this a while back and just laughed my butt. Hope it brings you a smile or a chuckle as you countdown these last days of school!

Is there anybody else out there who loves the Muppets?
I LOVE using music in the classroom, especially in the ESL classroom. 

Today we used our musical instruments in Elementary 6 class (about 12 years old) - some of the instruments I bought from Home Plus and some I made myself. In my mind, students who are blind or visually impaired absolutely need music in the classroom because the rhythm helps them learn. We sang Old MacDonald, BINGO, and the ABC song while "banging" with our instruments. They love it! 

When I leave Korea, I will be leaving the musical instruments behind for the teachers to use. They have started incorporating more music into the classroom, and that makes me happy. :)

I taught the Hokey Pokey to my middle school students this week. The boys LOVED it and kept spinning and spinning during the "turn yourself around" part. The class consists of 7 students - one blind autistic boy, one blind autistic older woman, and the rest are blind or visually impaired, some with moderate learning disabilities. Now can you imagine doing that on roller skates like I used to do when I was young?
God answered a big prayer for me! 

Daejeon's budget for the English program has been cut big time, and my school was no longer going to get a guest English teacher (a teacher like me). However, my co-teacher REALLY wanted me to stay and was going to beg them to let me stay (even though I had told her that I was missing home and would probably go home). She kept begging and begging. As I was leaving school today, I went to her desk and told her that I would not be renewing my contract. She then says that they just got the papers today stating that our school would NOT be getting another English teacher and if I were to stay I would have to switch schools. 

So...I will definitely be coming home in August!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Celebrate with a FREEBIE!

I have reached 100 followers on TpT!

Well...actually, I have now reached 102 followers, but who's counting?

ME! That's who!

This might be dating myself, but I don't care. Every time I hear this song, I want to put on my roller skates and dance under the disco globe at the skating rink.

Please tell me I'm not the only one who thinks this!

So in order to celebrate, I'm giving away my first FREEBIE!  This is my first time to do this, so I'm really hoping it works!

Just click on the link, and it should take to you to the Google drive.

Go and get it! I'm putting it in my store for half off, but you guys get it for FREE!

Hopefully it will be a fun activity to use these last days of school!

Thank you guys so much for joining me on this wild and crazy adventure!

Hope your week has been going great so far!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Five 4 Friday!

It's Friday! Even though I only had a 3-day work week this week, it still felt like a full week at work. How does that happen? Enquiring minds wanna know!

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for her awesome weekly linky! I just love reading about everyone's weeks. Don't you?

One thing before I forget...have you found me on Instagram yet? I don't know about you, but I {heart} instagram! I'd love you to follow me. :)

I have also started a new Pinterest account solely related to teaching. I wasn't sure how I would like it at first. After all, I have hundreds of friends on my personal Pinterest account, but no one knows about my teaching account. I guess it just takes time. However, I love it that I can have more detailed boards now. Are you on Pinterest? Are you hooked like me? What's your favorite thing about Pinterest? I'm a visual person, so I love all the pictures that I can "keep" and organize.  I'd love you to check out my Pinterest page!

Let's get it started, shall we?

We had Monday and Tuesday off this week for Children's Day and Buddha's birthday. Any excuse for a holiday is great for me! A couple of friends and I met up at this gem of a park. None of us even knew about it until a Korean friend told one of us. It's Uam Sajeok park, and it's a historic park in Daejeon...quite out of the way. You wouldn't know to look for it unless someone told you about it.

It was great. Beautiful place. Beautiful weather.

One of my friends bought one of my cameras, and I was teaching her a few things on the camera. She took this one of me. I think it's pretty good...except it makes me look like a frog ninja.

I met up with my friend, Emily, for dinner the other night, and we checked out this dollar store. How can a dollar store in Korea provide so much fun?

Now, check out my awesome, amazing, wonderful, magnificent 80's denim jacket. Is that not awesome? And then check out the funky 80's green glasses I found at the dollar store? I be stylin'!

Now look at the 2nd picture....Gold Fish Floating. Now do you really want your gold fish floating?

Now onto the 3rd picture...Wrist Supporter....around your waist.

You can have SO much fun at the Korean dollar store!

My co-teacher had me teach "How to write a personal ad to find the ideal boyfriend/girlfriend". Yup. Seriously. Bet you haven't done that!

I came up with a list appearance words, personality traits, and interests. Then I had the students choose which words from each list to write their own personal ad. And of course, I wrote mine too.

I guess my experience of writing all those personal ads for Craig's List paid off!

Just kidding!!!

Got me a new Konglish shirt this week. Is it awesome or what?

Makes you wanna go, "HUH?"
Here's a story to make you laugh...

So today, my co-teacher (who is young enough btw to technically be my daughter) pulls up a chair and sits down next to me and says that I sit impolitely. My blind and low vision students might not like it. So I need to sit politely from now on. Um...OK.

I've been here for over 8 months, and you're just NOW telling me this. Are you kidding?

You might be asking how I sit. I sit with old leg folded/crossed under the other with my foot resting on the chair. Like this....except I do NOT wear short skirts. I wear pants or long maxi skirts to school.

I'm curious. What are your thoughts on this? students are blind or low vision, and we all sit at tables with me in front of them. So they can't even really see my legs.

I was I couldn't really believe what she was telling me.

Moving on....

I have something pretty exciting to share. Well, exciting for me!

I have reached 100 followers on TpT! Woo-hoo!

I am so excited! I will giving away a freebie very soon to celebrate!

Hope your week was fabulous! I love to read your comments! It makes my heart smile to get a notice that someone has commented on my little blog. Doesn't it make your day too?

Love you guys!