This is the stunning photo that I took of the light from the sunset while my family was out walking the pets Monday night. Isn’t it something? We’ve been trying to get out and walk together as a family on the evenings so that we can have time to chat and be outside and get… Continue reading Don’t get fired
When we moved this past summer, we changed two time zones. Combine that with the fact that I have to wake up ridiculously early to teach on China time so I go to bed early, and you have a formula for me getting to wake up to some fun things from friends in our… Continue reading More than friends
The school in which I worked required the teachers to do conferences twice a year. Once I was able to overcome my crippling social anxieties around the entire process, I actually started to look forward to these meetings. They were utterly exhausting, a flurry of activity, sometimes really upsetting for the child or the parent… Continue reading “Like” isn’t blind
As a classroom teacher, something that I found really important about my job was the tiny part known as “character education.” In this minuscule area of teaching we were to help kids learn not only how to make good decisions and avoid peer pressure, but how to grow up and essentially be positive and helpful… Continue reading No offense, but…
I don’t really make New Year’s resolutions. As a fat person, everyone always just expects me to want to lose weight as a resolution, and I find it disappointing. I am terrible about other things, too! I have lots of areas to improve upon, but no one focuses on those. Oh well. Still, this new… Continue reading Universality
One of my favorite things to gripe about as an adult is how hard it is to be an adult. It’s hard to work, pay bills, change jobs, make friends, raise kids, blah, blah blah. It’s a common complaint, really, and it is 100% true. Seriously, google “hard to be an adult” and see what… Continue reading Personing is hard
There are so many things that I miss about being an elementary school teacher. Halloween just passed by, and I remember the day with fondness. I loved creating the most engaging lessons for whatever topic we were studying to make sure my kids were engaged the whole week, no matter which day the holiday fell… Continue reading “Nope, not pregnant. Just fat,” and other things I don’t say anymore now that I’m not a teacher.