this week, from the start, i wrote off as a week without a chance.
last weekend i caught a cold among other things and hadu no energy whatsoever.
some of my classes really got into the activity we were doing the week before last. it was supposed to overflow into this week, but I didn’t tally their points and create the next chapter in the simulation. so what would have been a sure fire successful lesson turned into an apathetic gesture of passing the time. don’t get me wrong- some classes actually took to the dictionary/fictionary(bolderdash)/pictionary combo i threw at them. and how can one not like two short clips from Disney’s Pixar company? the words
were great, the clips were funny (one even included a moral) but in the end my energy was gone.
we’re also working on a performance for the art festival at the school. it’s a ridiculous dance. and we’re correographed to boot. energy, see you later…
wednesday, oh wednesday. the afternoon kills me. they have to be into it otherwise there’s no chance. some of the students came in late (no reason) and i made them use the back entrance to class not to disturb my *wonderful* lesson. one of them decided to throw a fit and slam the door so i told him to leave and come back in five minutes. on his way out he flipped me off. my calm zen center boiled but the pot didn’t explode. i had a civil talk with him outside. two years ago my students here in China would have never been so crash. now, sadly, they are much like their American counterparts… what is happening in the world!?!
on the upside: i bought paints for a project i’ve decided to work on. i saw something beautiful one day when i was living in Los Angeles. i finally drew a sketch. the next stop is paint on canvas. i bought one small piece of canvas to begin with as i haven’t painted in a while. the next one should be several feet wide in the shape of, yep, a rectangle. hopefully it pans out. also have another idea in mind as well…
i’ve been thinking of writing a piece for a newspaper here. actually been thinking about writing for several months. got the topic. just need the know-how. pays pretty good i guess, so need to get over the nervousness and just try it out. can’t fail if i never start right?
the accordion might be on the way. i haven’t decided. i think i should get it this weekend if i do. actually i should get it. i haven’t been in the mood to travel since i got back to china. it’s okay i guess. i’ll be working this month holiday, doing a 6,7,8,9 y/o English camp, two weeks, making a little extra money. well actually decent money i guess. that will take up three hours of my day. i think since it’ll be so cold, playing music will lighten my heart and warm me up (physically).
my ping pong skills are getting better, been going with another guy pretty regularly. we hit the ball, talk about the world, and hit the ball. my paddle make is ‘rambo’. it’s pretty much like the movie. ha ha ha. not funny.
the real reason i’m writing now? i’m bored. not bored, just drained. empty. thoughtless. i want food but don’t want to leave my room. it’s cold outside. i’ll eat alone.
tomorrow is the performance, two times, once in the morning (830am start) and once in the evening. i guess i have to tutor after that, just found out today. o! killjoy. it gives purpose i guess. i learned the Chinese measure words for house, computer and a bunch of other random words. self study is going okay. i think the kids pay more attention if i throw out some chinese hear and there. they are sometimes surprised i can understand them and speak. i mean, come on… chinese isn’t that hard… it’s basically a lot of memorization… maybe i don’t know what i’m talking about… but it’s not that amazing.
i should have a silly video in a day or two, perhaps some pictures. this post is a little dry, but that’s how i’m feeling.
adios for now……………..
ok, sorry not quite. so i was looking at the tags for the blog post. i saw ‘computer’ and made me think about something. so the kids in my classes are somewhat unruly. they break everything I dont’ know how they get away with it. Chairs, glass, doors, mirrors, everything. it’s ridiculous. Noone stands up for the public property. It’s sad. The computers are a wreck! They are saturated with virii. I plug my flash drive into the school computer. get a virus. put it on my laptop, clean the virus. next class, lather, rinse, repeat. Then, i try typing on some of them, and half of the letters don’t work. Or the projector is broken. Or the screen won’t come down. It’s really a sad state of affairs. It makes me want to cry. No respect for anyone or anything. It’s like a jungle. Ah!!!!!!
That being said, they do have more tests than i want to ever take, they are going threw puberty, the have family pressure, school pressure, teacher pressure, environmental pressure, the works. You name it, they’ve got it. I wouldn’t want to be them. But I swear it wasn’t like this two years ago…
Ah… ok. So I’m done. Christmas is coming up. It’s sure to be lonely. Not that i’m into presents really. Okay, maybe the family and the food.
A couple of us teachers will get together and have an xmas countdown. One of my buddies made a music playlist
… well here is our movie playlist, counting down the twelve days until Xmas….: