I apologize for the lack of posts for the last week. Starting Saturday morning my internet just stopped working.
I've tried everything. Resetting, restarting, re-loving. Nothing has worked. I'm going to have to call soon, but I'm avoiding that at all costs. Because its hard explaining things in English to Koreans and its hard explaining things in Korean in general.
Just ask COT to help me, you might suggest.
That is a good idea in theory, but when thinking about actually asking her for a favor I get scared.
She has been extra weird lately. Like, she hasn't said more than three words to me a day. For the last week. Awkward.
I'm trying to figure out when this transition took place. Pinpointing it down to the day when I told her I would not be renewing my contract is too easy. But it makes a little sense.
She doesn't even smile anymore. It's bad. Definitely not a good work environment. But this begs the question: do I even attempt at alleviating the situation? Or do I just grin and bear it for the rest of my time here? In actuality, I only have six real weeks of teaching left (!!!), so either way its possible to survive.
In other news, surrounding my devil children after-school class:
-I got the movie Shrek to last five days. They were much easier to handle those days. And we played pin the tail on the donkey (props to Kim for that idea) which actually worked quite nicely. I enjoyed putting the blindfold on them and spinning them into oblivion.
-I received a note from one of my students. Would you like me to read it to you?
(I would take a pic and post it, but who knows when that'll actually happen)
you know, those moments when you look around you and realize something or feel something that you can't really explain but it seems so perfect?
as i sat there eating dinner, i looked around me to see people from around the world.
kenya. egypt. saudi arabia. kazakhstan. chile. ghana. korea. usa.
suddenly the world didn't seem so big.
we didn't focus on the differences of religion or culture. we shared experiences that made us (at least me) realize that we really all do have something in common. that we can laugh together and learn from each other and become unified in our desire to share what we have.
the world is so big and people are all so different that sometimes we get nervous about all the differences we share.
when all that matters is we are all human beings living on the same earth. and these differences can push us together in ways we don't even know.
(the 4th installment of the "Meet the Ptaek family"
(photo courtesy of fb; in matt's more 'gloriously youthful days')
Matt is one of those guys with a Southern charm. Hailing from Georgia/North Carolina/Heaven, Matt and I have one of those relationships that is full of love. And sometimes hate.
(honest box: i did hate matt for one night when he beat me at the crane game. i am sorry for all those that were involved, and for ripping the head off his newly acquired toy. but i am also still jealous of the fact that he beat me at my own game. right in front of me. this is my public apology)
We have been through a lot, Matt and I. It only makes us stronger.
Matt also wants everyone to know that if you're in North Carolina, you need to go to Buns and eat some buns. And let us know how the dragon sauce tastes.
The last 9 months have been so nice. I hadn't looked at my resume at all!
Ugh. Let the job hunt start. Again.
And seriously. If one of you just wants to tell me where to look that'd be great. Then if you had any sweet hookups it'd be better. But if not I'll still love you. Just don't expect anything special from Korea.
top preferred cities: denver, nyc, slc, dc, sf, and anywhere in south dakota.
So, just got back from a weekend trip to none other than China!
I hope my COT doesn't see this. Because I had a h-e-double hockey stick of a time answering her million questions about my sickness from Thursday and Friday. I feel like I'm taking a risk just by posting this...
(i'm slightly, or more than slightly, paranoid)
China was a good time. For sure.
Meeting up with Mark! Made the trip totally worth it!
Becoming bff's with the hostel workers
Eating scorpion and snake
A big wall
Haggling for everything we bought
Dressing up in Chinese clothes
Learning the Chinese numbers
Playing Name that Tune for our million hour walk home
Eating a Dairy Queen Blizzard
Hearing a man play The Star Spangled Banner on his saxophone in the park
Eating ice cream in the Forbidden City
The Chinese gut (tbbl -to be blogged later)
The Chinese gut
Fog on the great wall
Air that burned the lungs with every breath
Eating scorpions and snake (but mostly snake-icky)
The most aggressive sales people ever
and on my way back, i got upgraded to business class.
(The third part of a series entitled "Meet the Ptaek Family")
This is Kate:
Yeah. Not only is she just plain b-e-a-utiful, but she has a heart of gold.
We love Kate because she can party all night long, she has really big...eyelashes, and she is always game for a McDonalds ice cream cone (which is why we probably eat an ice cream cone every chance we can get).
She is also a lover of Costco. Always a positive in my book. And she is just really really nice. (even if she makes fun of 'percy jackson and lightning thief'. not cool, kate)
Kate is a blossoming poet.
Recently she wrote this for me (i cried it was so poignant):
(printed with permission)
Today feels windy
You are a lot of fun
Even though you live like a nun.
I want to make a sweater.
Life with you is just better.
You make me laugh like hehe, haha, hoho
When we leave Korea I will miss you like whoa!
I'm glad you are going to marry Nate.
You and him and me together is FATE.
I hope I never see you eat cotton candy again.
I promise to love you forever till the end.
(and i can't wait to marry Nate. its mtb.)
(and don't ask about the cotton candy. it was a mistake)