Ah, the weekend. Considering we'll be spending tomorrow morning cleaning the apartment, I'm not ready to jump up and down about it. But, as always, I'm happy it's here.
I had to have the parent's of two students called today. I hate having to do that, but they just wouldn't behave and they were dragging the class down with them. It's a recurring problem with them, but today was the pinnacle. When I turned my back to one side of the room, one of the boys raised his arm and made a joke out of "threatening" to hit me. Unfortunately for him, I could see his reflection in the giant monitor in the room. And, his comrade ratted on him ten seconds later. Then only the two quietest students showed up for my last class. These kids never talk. so keeping the class going was next to impossible.
In the middle of my second to last class today the principle came in and asked if I would like bimbimbap for dinner, I said that I would need to call and let Ian know. She mumbled something that included the word "together" and closed the door. I thought maybe they were going out to eat after work, but as soon as my class ended I saw a delivery man bring tons of food into her office. Then during my last class (the impossibly quiet one), I watched through the window as every other staff member sat and had dinner together. Sometimes it sucks being the only one who actually works at work.
So, we're putting some serious thought toward the idea of coming home for Christmas. We want to. Badly. But, the cost is astronomical. It would take nearly the entirety of both of our November paychecks to make it happen (roughly 75%, actually). We're talking roughly $2,800 on airfare. Obviously, we're here to save money, but we're here to travel, too. And the fact that vacation time is few and far between around here, makes us even more conflicted. If we can't go home, there are other places we could go and still save money. One place that has peaked our interest (for a longer break like Christmas or summer) is the Tokyo Disney Resort. Thinking about the options and the decision we have to make soon makes my heart very heavy. In a perfect world, we'd have it all: travel the world family in tow and it'd all be magically free. But, this is not a perfect world. If you'd like to weigh in on our conundrum, please do, but, family, be gentle. We feel guilty about weighing the options as it is.
Speaking of families and traveling, I really hope that our family members who have expressed interest get the opportunity to make it out here. Some of my hopes are for selfish reasons, I miss you guys like hell. And, I'd love to show you our lives here and the tourist attractions, too (we'll have more of that under our belt down the road). But, concrete reasons for overseas travel don't come often. It's difficult for most people to justify the expense. So, while we're here and can cheapen the trip by offering our tiny abode instead of a hotel, I hope you come.
I believe that's enough babbling for one evening. If you're in the area, go check out my mom's booth at the Tacoma Dome Holiday Food and Gift Show. She's got great stuff and the rest of it's pretty cool, too. It goes until October 25th. Don't feel peddled to, I was just saying!