Monday, September 20, 2004

Strange sensations

I've been living in my house long enough now, it feels enough like home... that sometimes I feel like I could just walk out of one room in my house and into a room in my parents' house. I'll want to wash my hands, say, and just for a moment I believe that I could do that in their downstairs bathroom. It's a little creepy.

Sunday, September 19, 2004

Cowboy Bebob

Oh, and Brendan, Cy, and I have been watching a lot of anime last weekend and this weekend, mostly Cowboy Bebob. Someone reccomended it to me a really long time ago, probably Andy Young back in my freshman year of college when he used to hang out on my couch in the dorm all the time. Anyway, it's good. Go rent it if you haven't seen it.

Ideas -> German -> Spanish

Once again it becomes apparent that I'm really comfortable in the world of ideas, and not so great at converting ideas to reality. I can think of all these great things I want to do in my teaching, and then it just doesn't convert into anything I can actually do in the classroom. It's like there's this quantum step between theory and application that I really should be able to bridge. I can see both sides, there's really not a very big gap between them, and then it comes out as mush.

It's like when I try to speak in German these days. I know what I'm trying to say, but the muscles of my mouth just won't make the sounds. People always say they're impressed with the way I speak, but I know it's my vocabulary and sentance structure that makes it sound like I can actually speak german, not my pronunciation at all.

I'm picking up quite a bit of spanish. I can understand it pretty well now, especially when I know what the person speaking is talking about beforehand. Honestly I learned a decent amount in preschool and kindergarten, and it doesn't take that much to bring it back. I knew enough spanish when I was in kindergarten to write my cousin letters in spanish.

Saturday, September 11, 2004

Quick update

So last week was my first official week of teaching. It went really well. I can tell that I'm having a lot of typical first-year-teacher problems, which is both reassuring (because it means that I'm not just a failure when I have problems) and frustrating (because I want to be perfect NOW, dammit). The students are great and the other teachers are great. It's a lot of work. I think this is probably the hardest thing I've ever done. Or at least, right up there. I'm getting used to the wierd schedule, but it's sad that I'm at work when everybody else is having fun in the evenings... and when brendan is home...

Monday, September 06, 2004


...there will be many many students for us to orient. It also means the first day that I'll be working from 2pm-10pm instead of the 7 to 3 I'm roughly used to. We'll see how easy it is to adjust my routines. It's funny, maybe it's because I just got a contract on Friday, but I just realized, I'm actually going to be making a salary and a net positive contribution to the family budget. I'm offically not a full-time student anymore...

Some people were here playing video games until late last night, which I enjoyed and Brendan really enjoyed. He's been wanting someone to play video games with him for a really long time.