Wednesday, September 30, 2009

You Call It

Nothing remarkable went down today.  My kids were relatively well behaved, though very quiet as my Wednesday students often are.  I only teach three different classes today (I just repeat them), so it's a bit monotonous.

A few of you have been wondering about how hard these kids are pushed to succeed.  Well, everyday during my 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 classes kids say they're hungry.  When I ask if they've eaten, they look at me blankly and say that they haven't.  Many of them look exhausted, too.  When Ian asked a kid yesterday why he was so tired (the kid nearly dozed off while he was standing) he simply responded, "Homework."

This boy is sound asleep in his chair at an audio desk.  You can even see his limp arm.  He was asleep for nearly a full teen minutes before he was disturbed.  When he did wake up, he simply slumped forward and went back to sleep.  The Korean English teacher eventually helped him wake up.  She was very nice to him, but he looked pretty terrible, all ruddy and exhausted.

Things are pretty slow around here right now.  Ian might make some cheese later and I'll take a few photos to showcase that art form in our tiny kitchen.

When things are slow we sit around and read our own blog!  Yay!  Just kidding.  Kind of.

So, I want to write a blog that is a slightly more academic than what I've been doing.  I know you guys are interested in Korean culture, so I thought I'd give you a few choices.  Do you want me to research and write about:  A) Chuseok (the upcoming harvest holiday)  B) Confucianism (the philosophy upon which large parts of Korean culture is based)  C) Traditional Korean alcohol and nightlife or  D) Korean Buddhism.  I'll check out what you guys want tomorrow at 10am my time (6pm PST).  Depending upon how intense the research turns out to be, I'll either write it tomorrow night or sometime over the three day weekend.  I'll let you know.

Chun wha hasn't said anything about Chuseok, yet, but she did give me some rice cakes.  They... were not so good.  One kind tastes a bit like vomit.  Not sure why, since it seems to be primarily puffed rice.  Still, I appreciate the gesture.  If we're invited to Chuseok (which is Saturday), she'll most likely say something tomorrow.

Good night and enjoy your Wednesday!


  1. I would like to learn more about Korean holidays, and Confucianisum would be interesting also.
    But I really hope you continue to blog about your daily adventures, like your trips to the caves and to the health fair. Those are so interesting to those of us here, and even your trips to the grocery store are fun to read. It makes it personal. So hopefully you will include some of that stuff along with the academic. You write a great blog, no matter what you choose for subject matter. And that is not just because I am your mom.

  2. Ah, thanks. I just need something for days where we don't do anything.

  3. I know this is a late response but I'd be interested in any of those things. Keep sharing about your own experiences and add in whatever else strikes your fancy.