Today was a pretty average Monday, so there is not much to blog about and no pictures to be had!
Julia texted us this morning and switched our meeting to tomorrow at 10:30am. Apparently Julia has a cold. She's been sick for over two weeks. As we say here in Asia, let's hope it's not "the influenza." Don't panic, I'm joking. However, I am unsure why the meeting has to be so damn early. I suppose she needs to make up for the time she's lost in letting us know that we're inadequate.
It was pretty refreshing to talk to the other teachers on Saturday. We're definitely not alone in our troubles, in fact, we actually work fewer hours than they do. Some of their set ups (breaks, apartments and vacations) sound a little better, but for the most part we're all in the same boat. Many of them use a stick or ruler at work (or their coteachers do). It's pretty much to poke the kids into paying attention. Man, on some days, what I wouldn't give...
The only main difference that bums me out is our location. Everyone else lives pretty close to downtown and within reasonable walking distance (20 minutes, tops) to everything (work, shopping, other teachers, etc.). It's kinda lame to be stuck out in the annex. It takes us at least twice as long to get anywhere and it seems like it's strange that we're not within walking distance from our schools. Everyone else seems to be. Ian says that he likes the annex, though. And, he has a point. Our neighborhood is really self contained, I mean, we could easily live without ever leaving Sinback. But, all the neighborhoods (called "dongs," yes, go ahead, giggle) are self contained that way.
So, because we have a lull this evening, I wanted to take the opportunity to ask for a couple of suggestions. Firstly, we're almost done with the books we brought. When we get paid, we're going to order some new ones from whatthebook.com. So, we want to know if anyone has a good book suggestion or two. I've recently read and enjoyed "Broken" by Daniel Clay and I'm currently finishing "Me Talk Pretty One Day" by David Sedaris. Ian likes most science fiction (I like a good deal of it, too) and recently finished the Star Wars novel "Vision of the Future." We both read and mostly enjoyed "The Time Traveler's Wife" this summer. We both love graphic novels, but we're trying to stay away from them because they make for too quick a read when getting books takes so much effort. So, what say you?
The other thing we are looking for are good skillet (stove top) recipes. We don't have an oven we get home around 9pm to make dinner, so it needs to be relatively quick. Though, if you have a more time consuming one that you really like, let us know. I'm sure we could make it on a weekend. Remember, we're vegetarians (vegeMAtarians, as the British girls call us :) ), so please leave out the meat (meaning we don't eat fish, either). Also, we live in Korea, which means that some ingredients are tough to find. We won't be able to make it to Costco until after the 10th (I'm SO stoked). I'm excited to see what you guys come up with.
Last call for suggestions: is there anything that you would like to see me blog about? I know you want more Ian, but it's very difficult to get him to cooperate. Any questions to which I can devote a blog? Let me know.
This coming weekend is a three day weekend (we have Friday off for Chuseok, which is Saturday). I don't know what we're doing. We may be going with Chun wha to her family's place for the actual holiday. I'm not saying anything to her about it, because with the language barrier you tend to invite yourself to things. Chuseok is a VERY family oriented holiday. If we are invited, it's an honor and we will go. However, I completely understand if they'd prefer to leave the foreigners out of this one. We probably won't know until the last minute, but we'll keep you posted.