Monthly Archives: August 2007

Friday's Feast

Oops. I do realize that tomorrow is Friday and that I’m nearly a week late with this thing. I was tempted to simply let it go – but I’ve been trying to be good. Besides, there’s going to be a huge cap in my blog soon while I’m traveling anyway so I really wanted to try to keep up, best that I can.  Here it goes, a week late…
Say there’s a book written about your life. Who would you want to narrate the audio version?
I would love Eddie Vedder (lead singer of Pearl Jam) to narrate my life. He would make my life sound dead sexy.

Take the letters from your favorite kind of nut and write a sentence. (Example: Perhaps every avenue needs understanding today.)

My favorite NUT?  Ummmm…

But really, even nice dirges are nasty. (Especially when sung by this particular nut!)

If you could go back in time and spend one week in another decade, which decade would you choose?

Probably the second decade. I wanna know what Christ was up to in his twenties and ask him some questions.

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Name a song that brings back memories for you.

There are far too many songs that bring back memories (good and bad) for me to think of just one important one. Some are unfortunate – like "Give it Away" reminds me of the car accident with Carey (and the little man on the widow); "Crocodile Rock" makes me think of Brendan and Britstick (HA!)… some are just funny – like "Do the Bartman" reminds me of making up a dance in Raielle’s living room in junior high (we were SO GOOD); "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)"  will always remind me of driving to my early-morning (read: 8:00 am) Canadian Theatre History course with my roommate Terry (who used to bribe me to get out of bed with coffee and toast, and when I was grumpy on the way to school – so every time – she would play that song and say it was "our song". Then she would sing it to me and make me laugh).

Do you prefer to wash your hands in cold water or warm water?

Who the stink washes their hands in cold water? Idiots.

Fair Enough…

I thought that Eddie had the corner on what passes for wit in the under-10 age group, but Emily (kindergarten, aged 6) gave him a run for the money today.  Nearly peed my pants.
We were talking about families. They knew most of the immediate family stuff, but were easily confused by multiple titles for people. For example, that a woman could be a grandmother, mother, daughter, and wife (we didn’t even get into the in-law stuff or aunts yet).  It was kinda doing their wee heads in, but the smarter ones were catching on.  I had a family tree drawn up on the board that had three generations. To challenge them a bit, I drew some more so that the son got married and had a son of his own.  Then I asked what other name the son would have. They got "father". 
"And what about his father?" I asked. And they got that he would be a grandfather now.
"If the father is now a grandfather," I ventured further, "what does that make this grandfather?"
"Dead?" Emily grinned, one eyebrow raised.
I love her.

Poetry Found on My Kindergarten Floor

The Best woke up.  and out flew.
"Tonight’s my feast."  What should I do. 

August 17, 2007

Friday was my two year anniversary in Korea. Un-freaking-believable. 

Friday's Feast

Here’s another one served cold – I have to get on these things a little faster…

Describe your laundry routine. Do you have a certain day when you do it all, or do you just wash whatever you need for the next day?

Doing laundry in Korea isn’t exactly the funnest thing in the world – especially when the humidity is 75-100%. Your clothes just don’t dry very fast without a dryer, and guess what I don’t have! That’s right – a dryer. As well, my washing machine is in my shower, and I’m afraid of getting electricuted, so I have to wait until the bathroom is dry again before I wash any clothes.

Long story short, I usually do my laundry hungover on Sunday afternoons.

In your opinion, what age will you be when you’ll consider yourself to truly be old?

I don’t think I will actually ever get old.

What is one of your goals? Is it short-term, long-term, or both?

To get the hell out of Asia. ^^

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Name something unbelievable you’ve seen or read lately.

The article that Brendan sent me about Angkor Wat was pretty unbelievable – that it may have been an ancient metropolis larger than LA?  Crazy!

On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how happy are you today?

About a 5. Good. Not great.  Getting better though…. 25 more days.

Objective vs. Subjective

I’ve started making up my resume, and I think it is going well. It seems like a long time since I’ve updated it… and I suppose it has been. It still catches me by surprise that a: I’ve been in Korea for 2 years and b: I’ve been at the same job for 2 years. Yowza!  The closest I’ve ever been to a 2 year stint in the past was at Weyerhaeuser, and I only lasted there so long because a: they paid me a retarded amount of money to work there and b: they changed my job every few months so I couldn’t get too bored too quickly (and I did anyway – I hated working there!) Makes me think I must not hate teaching (or the little bozos I teach) as much as I proclaim to.
I don’t think that when I get to London I will find my dream job, I will be satisfied (for now) with just finding work. But in doing some research (wanted to make sure that the formatting of my resume isn’t well out-dated yet), I came across some advice for choosing a career that fits.  There were some questions that they said you should answer, and then the answers would help point you in the right direction. The problem is, I’m never very good at this sort of thing because I censor myself a lot. Even if it is just in my own head, which is pretty lame. So I was wondering if anyone who actually reads this blog-thing wanted to do me a favour.  Would you answer these questions about me for me? I swear I’m not trying to be lazy… I’m going to try answering them (offline) right now. But I wonder how different your answers about me would be than my answers about me.  So what say you? Wanna help a lost girl out?  I would really appreciate it… from the people who know me best now (like Brendan, Stef, or Brooke), from the people who knew me best from before (Mike, or Carey) and from the people who have known me always (like Moms!) and anyone else who wants to give my arse a kick in the right direction (as opposed to people who just want to kick my ass). Well, here are the questions (they scare me a lot). I’ve reworded them for you so that they are about me.  It is all about me, people.
1. What are Jodi’s values?
2. What is most important to Jodi?
3. What is Jodi passionate about?
4. What does Jodi really want out of life?
5. How does Jodi want her friends and family to remember her?
6. What are Jodi’s favourite skills?
7. What is Jodi most interested in?
8. What are Jodi’s favourite books, TV shows, and/or films?
9. What does Jodi talk about at parties?
10. Where does Jodi shop?
11. Who are Jodi’s heroes/role models?
12. If Jodi knew that she couldn’t possibly fail, what do you think Jodi would try to do? What is stopping her from doing that now?
Why do I think I’m in for it if anyone actually does respond to this blog?  Oh, and feel free to email me or leave your answers as a comment here. I’ll probably post the answers (mine as well as anyone who actually responds) on a later posting. Who knows… maybe this really will help me get things figured out….


I’m starting to give up asking these kids to give me definitions or sentences of their own. Because when I ask them for sentences, I get stuff like this from Lydia (5:30):
purpose: /N/  I should be legitimate to use cannabis for medical purposes.
These children are going to drive me to "be legitimate to use cannabis". 

Friday's Feast


What is your favorite kind of pie?

This one is easy! Lemon meringue with a graham cracker crust.

Name something that made you smile this week.

The package from Brendan and Stef as well as the one from my moms both made me smile this week.

What do you do to cool off when the weather is hot and humid?

In Korea? An airconditioned bar with icy cold beer.

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You receive $1,000 in the mail with a letter that says you can only use the money to redecorate one room in your home.  Which room do you pick, and what do you buy to spruce it up?

This is a terrible question for me. This isn’t my house and I’m only going to be living in it for another month. However, I suppose if I had no choice, I would use the money to figure out a way to get a bathtub in the bathroom.

Fill in the blank:  My _________ says __________, but I __________.

My heart says yes, but I don’t know if I can trust it.

Musically Speaking

Stef did this one on her Facebook, and I thought I would give it a try with a decent band (ha, ha Stef. Just kidding. Sort of.)  It was harder than I thought it would be…

1. Choose a band / artist: Radiohead

Now answer all the questions using only that band’s song titles.

2. Are you male or female:
Yes I Am

3. Describe yourself: Bulletproof… I Wish I Was

4. How do some people feel about you:  Creep

5. How do you feel about yourself: Subterranean Homesick Alien

6. Describe your last relationship:
No Surprises

7. Describe current relationship: I Can’t

8. Describe future relationship: True Love Waits

9. Describe where you want to be: Fitter Happier

10. Describe how you live: Like Spinning Plates

11. Describe how you love: Where I End and You Begin

12. What would you ask for if you had just one wish: Everything in its Right Place

13. Share a few words of wisdom: Stop Whispering

14. How do you feel at this moment?: Climbing Up the Walls

15. What’s your favorite time of year?: Permanent Daylight

16. Where do you live?: Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box

17. Describe your friends: All I Need

18. What do you hope to become?: Optimistic

19. Now say goodbye: Exit Music (For A Film) 



Old friend, what are you looking for?
After those many years abroad you come
With images you tended
Under foreign skies
Far away from your own land

~ George Seferis