snow day

26 12 2010

god caught up with me today on a powdery path round east campus.

we had 6 inches of snow in durham last night. whut? durham and duke staff did an amazing job with roads and sidewalks. the usual tuesday route was pastoral.

two couples i passed were smiling and holding hands. three japanese guys taking pictures in front of the chapel did not want me to take a picture of all of them, thank you very much. also ran past a father with his sons throwing snowballs at duke chapel. this is snow-cone-worthy, snowball-making snow.

i grinned lobe-to-lobe the whole 5 miles. ran into eleanor the last 1/4 mile and chatted a bit about life a bit, then skipped all the way home. these last few weeks, i’ve been reminded of my blessings through:

  • christmas eve at carole’s
  • wendy’s angel and friendship
  • adam & heather’s katy
  • ken’s values
  • steve’s comic-ly-wrapped presents
  • eddie’s christmas sentiments
  • mom and mr. song
  • derrick and b-mo’s divine pairing
  • new friends from overseas

i feel thankful.
whatever my life is supposed to be, it will be.
whatever my relationships are supposed to be, they will be.


quality time with ed and mel. the adult version of playing with christmas presents = reading stuff white people like and playing with frolicat. going to open this booker’s and watch be kind rewind. ultimate veg day.

last engrish class of the semester

10 12 2010

i don’t think i’ll re-up next semester. engrish + j-school = bleary-eyed susan.
though elsa and i agreed we spent less time preparing, we both felt like better teachers this semester. i can see how teaching requires a year or more to hit your stride.

this semester was way more challenging with 8-9 students at different literacy and speaking levels. we didn’t know we had it so good last semester with 4 eager, talkative students.

dunno if our students learned any engrish (i hope so!), but here’s what i learned this semester:

  • start class with an warm-up or conversational activitah.
  • give directions slowly. be confident with instructions.
  • getting up and walking around makes lessons more engaging
  • props are good
  • give explicit, simple directions. yeah, i need work on that.
  • more STT, less TTT!

favorite feline

5 12 2010

Just wrapped libel and privacy policy assignments. I’m going to get a P in this class for sure. Alas. I have learned a ton this semester. Brain powers, activate! I want to run away to some tropical, underdeveloped country, eat street food and take college classes for the rest of my life. Who’s with me?

Had a quality evening with Steve last night, walking through the snow to drink boucaniers and brugse zot. I hope post-Christmas house closing doesn’t kibosh post-Christmas travel plans. We have to do a lot to close the house on the 28th.

Post Walking Dead, I visited Tula today to divvy furniture and determine the fate of chickens and cats. Sad. Dexter didn’t skip a beat. Idk if he was happy to see me or he’s happy to get a head rub from anybody. Now I’m one of those pathetic old ladies talking about her cats. Meh.

I’m going to miss Dexter or DeeDee. I’m having trouble picking.
I will miss greeting fluffy chickens every morning, feeding them raisins and having them run down the yard to see me.
I will miss that beautiful, cozy house where I planned to have a family.

Call the wambulance, as Tanja would say. Whah, whah, whah.

“Do you want to keep this table?”
“What do you want to do with that desk?”.
After 12 years together, these are the conversations we have. Unreal.

Ginger says doubt is part of the grieving process. I have felt some:
“Did I do everything I could have done?”
“Am I making the wrong decision?”
There’s that fear of making the wrong decision again.

Crap. Well, here are some things I am grateful for:

  • Eddie, my wonder-ful brother
  • Steve who treats me so well
  • Mom calling to say she hurt for me and apologizing
  • Dad caring but not asking
  • having a warm place to live
  • having a great job
  • Ginger who reminds me it’ll work itself out
  • tonight’s cabbage and chorizo

Going to get the bike from Fullsteam.

eddie inspiration

3 12 2010

write every day.

i’m going to get my SA notarized.