Monthly Archives: December 2006

Orla + Joe = Wee Stars

Today’s mail was full of goodness and love! There was a smooshed looking box all the way from Northern Ireland with lots of love from Joe and Orla. HOORAY!!  You guys are amazing!
I love the necklace (I’m wearing it now, actually) and am really looking forward to the chocolates. Yum!
We put the card for the staff up on the bulletin board and the chocolates and candy canes are on my desk for everyone… we are just fighting to keep the kids out of it!
I will remember to get the card to the Master for you, Orla!
And just so you know, Joe… there were some cracks made about the package being from "Joe and Orla" since most of it was in Orla’s handwriting. But it was your name on the packing slip so I let everyone know you were fully involved too.
I miss you both so much! LCI and Korea just aren’t the same without the two of you.  I can’t wait until the next time I see you – we will definitely have to drink that bottle of whiskey we always dreamed of.
Much love! Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!!!

This Doesn't Mean I'll Trust You Next Time, Green!

Yesterday I received a text message from Brendan that simply said that he needed my mailing address in Korea. Now, I don’t trust him with information like that. I’m a little uneasy that he has my number. So I texted him back to ask why. Adding to my distrust, he wouldn’t tell me why. Further, he told me it was "too late".  What the hell could he possibly be up to?
I found out today.
There was an envelope from Brendan at the front desk. This must have been delivered literally overnight, which is crazy. I know that the country isn’t that big, but the traffic is really bad so I thought it would take longer than that. Anyhoo, I was still a little nervous about opening it at work. Now, I don’t know what I THOUGHT could have been in there, but I would have never, in a thousand years, guessed what was in there.
Brendan’s sweet mother sent me a Christmas card and a beautiful necklace all the way from Northern Ireland. I still can’t believe it! The card was lovely and a real suprise as I figured Brendan hadn’t told his folks about me. Most people wouldn’t want their mother to know that they are friends with someone like me. I was really pleased.
Now we will see how long it takes Brendan to give me his mom’s address so I can send her a thank you.

More Crazy Kid Stuff

This is all from my older kids. I don’t know if I’m delirious from not having vacation yet or if they are actually getting funnier.
Yesterday I took my Writing class to McDonalds for french fries and hot chocolate. I sent the majority of the group upstairs to find seats. Chris stayed with me to help carry the food. There was a little boy in the lineup in front of stuff. He looked at me, smiled, and said something in Korean. I said "hello" back in English and smiled at him. Chris looked at me and said, "Teacher, he said you look like a snowman."  Damned puffy white jacket!  Later, while we were eating, the kids were teasing Jessica for eating a french fry that had supposedly been on the table. Oh no!  The worst culprit for this was Lynn, so I turned to Jesssica and said, "Don’t worry about Jessica. While Lynn wasn’t looking, I put three french fries into her hot chocolate and made hot chocolate and french fry soup."  Sarah turns to me and says, "Teacher, yuck! Please don’t say that while I’m eating!"  The look on her face was priceless.
Today’s class we discussed "killer bees". When asked, "Are you afraid of bees?" Minhyung answered, "I’m not afraid of regular bees, but I’m afraid of serial killer bees."  He is also in my debate class.
When asked what animal might be dangerous if it escaped, Linda answered, "Penguins".
Finally, apparently the Korean word for pollen directly translates to "flower powder".  True story.

I Should Be Packing or Sleeping

But instead, I wanted to take a test to see if I was tone-deaf or if I lacked rhythm.
My score for tone was 75.0% – Normal performance.
My score for rhythm was 68.0% – Normal performance (just 2% off of "very good")
Guess this means that I can sing better than I can dance.  Oh dear.

Pending Vacation

I finally packed (mostly) my bag for my trip to Malaysia (including Miller, Carey!). I feel like this trip is sneaking up on me much the same way that China did. I can’t believe I will be flying out Friday morning. I’m a little nervous, I’m going by myself this time and I’m still not 100% confident when it comes to travelling. I’m still pretty new at it. I know everything will be fine and I’ll have a good time, but I still worry.
Langkawi in 4 sleeps.
Festival in 3 sleeps.
Monica’s birthday in 2 sleeps (party at LCI).
Festival rehearsal in 1 spleep.
Days left of good night sleeps: zero

Not So Confident About THAT Answer…

4:00 class spelling test. Sigh.
Word:  Confident
Definition:  A piece of land
At this point, I was utterly confused at what Patty may even be getting at here until I read her sentence…
Sentence:  The entire country of Australia is also a confident.
Nice try, dillhole. Nice try.
And from MK…
Word:  Masterpiece
Definition:  the biggest piece
Sentence: Once I ate a masterpiece of pizza.

Wandering by Hermann Hesse

From Trees
When we are stricken and cannot bear our lives any longer, then a tree has something to say to us: Be still! Be still! Look at me! Life is not easy, life is not difficult. Those are childish thoughts. Let God speak within you, and your thoughts will grow silent. You are anxious because your path leads away from mother and home. But every step and every day lead you back again to the mother. Home is neither here nor there. Home is within you, or home is nowhere at all.
A longing to wander tears my heart when I hear trees rustling in the wind at evening. If one listens to them silently for a long time, this longing reveals its kernel, its meaning. It is not so much a matter of escaping from one’s suffering, though it may seem to be so. It is a longing for home, for a memory of the mother, for new metaphors for life. It leads home. Every path leads homeward, every step is birth, every step is death, every grave is mother.
So the tree rustles in the evening, when we stand uneasy before our own childish thoughts. Trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours. They are wiser than we are, as long as we do not listen to them. But when we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy. Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.

Sunday, Funny Sunday

Yesterday was a great day… went into Itaewon and after brunch and some beers Brendan, Brittany, Steffanie, Jon and I went and saw a play at the Wolfhound. It was really well done and I enjoyed it. Then Brendan and Brittany and I stayed at the Wolfhound far too late, drinking beers and watching the snow fall. It took us a long time to get home (stupid cabs!). Brendan crashed at my place and after waking up late, we ate breakfast while watching the Breakfast Club.  Following that, we watched a bunch of the SNL Celebrity Jeopardy skits together on youtube. I nearly peed my jammy pants, I had forgotten how funny some of them were. And then after dinner, Brit and Stef came over to my house and I managed to download the majority of them (13 of them). The girls and I watched them all, one after the other. It was painfully good times.  Here are some of my favorite moments…
Alex Trebek: Sure you will. And finally, back again, Burt Reynolds in a commanding lead with $14.

Burt Reynolds: Hey. Hey, ah.. check out the podium. Look at this.

Alex Trebek: Mr. Reynolds has apparently changed his name to Turd Ferguson.

Burt Reynolds: Yeah, that’s right. Turd Ferguson. It’s a funny name.

Alex Trebek: Great. Let’s take a look at the final board. And the categories are: "Potent Potables"; "Sharp Things"; "Movies That Start with the Word Jaws"; "A Petit Déjeuner" – that category is about French phrases, so let’s just skip it.

Burt Reynolds: Hey, uh, I speak a little French. You’re an assbite, pardon my French.

Alex Trebek: [ interrupting ] Right, Mr. Connery. why don’t you pick?

Sean Connery: It looks like this is my lucky day! I’ll take "The Rapists" for $200.

Alex Trebek: That’s "Therapists." That’s "Therapists," not "The Rapists." Let’s skip "Therapists" and try "Household Objects", for $400. And the answer is, "You usually drink water out of one of these." [ Sean Connery buzzes in ] Sean Connery.

Sean Connery: A leather glove!

Alex Trebek: No. [ Minnie Driver buzzes in ] Minnie Driver.

Minnie Driver: A toilet!

Alex Trebek: That is awful. [ Jeff Goldblum buzzes in ] Jeff Goldblum.

Jeff Goldblum: [ marvels at the buzzer until time runs out ]

Alex Trebek: And you’re an idiot! The answer was "a glass."

Sean Connery: Then the day is mine!

Alex Trebek: Enough. Let’s just get this over with. Here are the categories, they are: "Potent Potables," "Countries Between Mexico and Canada," "Members of Simon and Garfunkel," "I Have a Chardonnay" – you choose this category, you automatically get the points and I get to have a glass of wine. "Things You Do With a Pencil Sharpener," "Tie Your Shoe," and finally, "Toast". Mr. Connery, you select first.
Alex Trebek: Wow. The answer, of course, was bread. Let’s go to "Members of Simon and Garfunkel" for $200. "Of Simon and Garfunkel, the one that is not Garfunkel." [Bjork buzzes in] Bjork?

Bjork: Sometimes when I’m putting oranges in the sauerkraut, I think of my thoughts and they make me laugh. [buzz] No?

Alex Trebek: Are you Icelandic or retarded? [Sean Connery buzzes in] Sean Connery?

Sean Connery: Can you repeat the question?

Alex Trebek: "Of Simon and Garfunkel, the one that is not Garfunkel".

Sean Connery: I Garfunkeled your mother. [starts laughing]

Sean Connery: I’ll take "I Have a Hard-on" for $600.

[close-up to board, the category "I Have a Chardonnay" is edited to read "I Have a Hardon".]

Alex Trebek: I don’t believe this. Where did you get that magic marker? We frisked you in on the way in here.

Sean Connery: I didn’t have it in my pocket.

Alex Trebek: That’s disgusting. Please.

Sean Connery: I bet if you frisked me, you would have found it.

Alex Trebek: All right, that’s enough.

Sean Connery: Because I was keeping it in my butt.

Alex Trebek: Okay. We get it. Loud and clear: we get it. It’s time for Final Jeopardy…


NOTE: You may need to read this one outloud to get the joke!
Alex Trebek: [the category is "Words that begin with the letter C"] The word cat would be found under this letter in the dictionary. Sean Connery?
Sean Connery: What is the "R’s"?
Alex Trebek: No, it’s not in the "R’s".
Sean Connery: Not in the "R’s", eh? Well, that’s not what your mother said last night, Trebek.
Sean Connery: I pose a conundrum to you, a riddle if you will.
Alex Trebek: [as Alex Trebeck] I don’t want to hear it.
Sean Connery: What’s the difference between you and a mallard with a cold. One’s a sick duck… I can’t remember how it ends, but your mother’s a whore.
Alex Trebek: And in last place with negative 120,000 (sighs and pauses) Sean Connery.

Sean Connery: Well, well, well Trebek. Fancy seeing you here. It’s been a while.

Alex Trebek: Not long enough.

Sean Connery: That’s not what your mother said last night.

Alex Trebek: Okay Here are the categories for double jeopardy. (Board appears)

They are: POTENT POTABLES, COLORS THAT ARE RED, JAPAN US RELATIONS; I have no idea what that category is doing up there,

Sean Connery: I had relations this morning Trebek Hope we didn’t wake you. Your mother’s a screamer.

Alex Trebek: For your information my mother’s in a nursing home in Alberta, Canada.

Sean Connery: Oh she was nursing it alright.

Alex Trebek: Fascinating Mr. Cosby. How many fingers am I holding up? (Connery buzzes in) Sean Connery

Sean Connery: I’ve got a finger for you Trebek (Connery reaches towards pants)

Alex Trebek: (turns away) please don’t cut to him.

Sean Connery: What do you think of that, Trebek HAHAHAHA

Alex Trebek: Okay that’s not a finger and you know it.

Sean Connery: (continuous laughter) Ohhh, don’t be so shocked Trebek Like you’ve never seen one before…


Friday's Feast

What was your very first job with a paycheck?
My very first job with a real-life paycheck was at McDonald’s when I was 14 years old. My step-cousin was a manager so they pulled some strings so I could start working young.

Did you ever lose something really important to you?

My dad.

What is the best Christmas present you ever received?

There have been some really sweet presents over the years.  In recent memory was the Nintendo Gamecube from Mike. Holy snowflakes, what a surprise that was!

Main Course
Tell about a favorite "hang out" place for you and your friends when you were in high school.

There were a couple of them. At lunch we would go to Pizza Hut for breadsticks. Almost EVERY lunch.  But on the weekends we would usually have "pit parties" in one gravel pit or another. Oh yah. Growing up country.

Name something that always brings a smile to your face.

I can’t say. My moms reads my blog.

Maybe They DO Have Too Much to Do…

Each day the little monkeys have to memorize "Target Language" which is usually a bunch of balls. Case in point, yesterday’s Target Language was "What was the weather like yesterday?  It was foggy yesterday."  I mean, really.  What’s the point?  And that was a good one.  I really enjoyed making them memorize this one:  "Do you know any animal fun facts? Angry monkeys show all their teeth."  Anyway, when we have to start on the new one (so, daily), I write the question part on the board and let them think of their own answers before writing up the "real" answer that they are going to have to memorize.  Today’s question was, "What do you do in the summer?"
Right away Ryan S. said, "I DO my HOMEWORK!" and got every one of the kids laughing their nuts off. I think they can’t wait for vacation. And neither can I… as long as we can all just hold it together for one more week, it will all be good.