moroccan feast

15 03 2010

oh my but we ate well at michael and fouzia’s house yesterday. one plate meal and no silverware! yum. fouzia made couscous, which is way more exciting than it sounds. couscous w/7 vegetables–topped with butternut squash, zucchini, turnips, cabbage, carrots, what else..? and with chicken marinated in ginger and onion. so delicious. and for the record, eat with your right hand not your left. couscous is moroccan for ‘bloating”.

chris and husband frank, sandi the social worker, keith from duke library, funke, me, fouzia and michael. couscous, espresso, pound cake, italian lemon cookies and nanaimo bars. book-binding and brucifer.

a little america-bashing. easy for well-traveled people to subjugate america to europe (or wherever). but not enough to break out the ‘top 10 reasons the states are great’ list.





ESOL in Dtown

10 03 2010

so excited so excited. yea yea yea!

i’m going to volunteer at The Durham Literacy Center which has (tada) ESOL teaching opportunities. the next orientation is in late August, by which time, I’ll have finished the TESOL certificate. so the good information i’ve learned won’t seep out of my head. teaching opportunities are one night a week for a two-hour class, 16-week semester.

but in the meantime, one of the volunteer teachers would like to have a TA assist, so i’m going in March 25th. Regina says it’s a fun class–only 10 students, some from Burma, Iraq…

i am so excited! this is going to be a good volunteer fit.





google sites bites

8 03 2010

wordpress is way better. how can i move my domain?





soldier of love

8 03 2010

is sade’s new album. super duper so far. soldier of love is a head bobber.

this was a wonderful weekend with fouzia, funke and fred. korean food with the girls and goats with tri. my korean food came out less tasty than i would have liked, especially for a moroccan girl having korean food for the first time. but what are you going to do?

i like this fouzia so much. she is the first muslim person i’ve known, and radiates peace and contentment. i wonder how much is her faith in allah and how much is her individual spirit, or can you separate the two?  she is like sunshine.

fouz and her husband have lived all over the world, and he’s taught english everywhere (everywhere? everywhere). my college friend jason fb’d me. he’s married a woman who spent two years in korea teaching english. phillip from korean language meetup emailed back about his experiences teaching korean at a hagwan for two years. i’m getting a message here (what could it be?)…

i need to get some sleep. 7 hrs/night not cutting it. tomorrow, i take the bus! catching that 8:00 ride will put me back on a decent schedule.

so there are a lot of things i still don’t know for my life–
do i want to stay married, do i want to date, what do i want to do with my life, why is sex all i can think about these days, am i too old to have children, blah blah)? these are things i do know–i don’t want to be with someone fake, i want to move to korea next year if not sooner, i want to take an academic class, i want to spend time with my friends, make new friends and be a good friend. and i want to run a 7:30 minute mile.