Graduate School

This is how it works, right? You start planning when plans fall through and then those fallen plans rise back up. Remember that post I made about a month ago about coming to terms with not going to graduate school? Well, it turns out I’m going to graduate school. I’ve actually been offered a nice…

Thru-Hiking: Your Feet

Last night I had a bit of inspiration and began researching footwear, and various other things foot related in regard to thru-hiking. We also set a date to begin our Appalachian Trail adventure. Since Tunafish hasn’t been home for Easter in a couple years, we’re going to head out on April 2nd. Of course we…

Show Cow: Chinese BBQ

My Chinese is awful. A lot of words sound similar to my ears, and I often mix up vowels when trying to speak. For example, it’s actually shou kou, not show cow (that may not be spelled right in pinyin either. I can’t find it in it a dictionary). Ever since I made this mistake,…

A Guide to Your ESL Classroom: Perspective in Teaching Young Adults

It seems most abroad ESL teachers land jobs for the 3-12 age range, but I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to teach university Freshmen. Having older students was great since we were able to engage in mature topics, you can give them more responsibilities, and they are generally well studied. On the other…

Call Me Lucky: Maybe I Shouldn’t Eat Fish

This thing may leave my body, taking the pathways in my arms with it. Imagine pulling a fish spine from a half eaten corpse. That’s a panic attack. The bones are discarded, but continue, eat the demolished flesh. The bubbling soup has a sound too, less sporadic and nothing depends on it to live, yet […]

A Girl and Her Little Dog

A cold child piles high towers for warmth in her grown up house. They move like spindly skyscrapers not built to last the rocking chair, or the spindly dog climbing between the floors of fabric.

Dog Tired

Still feeling pretty glum about losing our family dog. I canceled my extra tutoring jobs yesterday, since I felt a little fragile and didn’t think I could handle kids running around my house tonight. When I woke up from a teary evening, I was met with an e-mail from Jaybird’s mom. She is such a…

Work From Home: Online Tutoring

A guide to tutoring online instead of in your house. Also, job ideas for stay at home moms, and other people that need jobs.

Getting an ESL Job Abroad: Pre-Job Search

If you’re like me, your first teaching job abroad was stupidly taken through an overly expensive company that only took away a little stress from the job searching process. Since that first job, I’ve learned a thing or two about how to land a job without paying someone. Here’s that lesson for you without the…

Lifted Weights, Breathing Easier

Warning: Attached picture contains one vulgar word (in an inspirational way). It really felt good to reread my post from last night: writing that post and throwing it into the Internet abyss feels like the start to a new path. Rereading it confirmed that feeling. When I was applying for graduate school, my major worry…

The Next Step

My contract ends in June, and I’ve decided I don’t want to make Shiyan my home any longer. There’s a part of me that feels sad for this. After all, I don’t know if I’ll ever have the chance to visit China again, or see these kids I’ve taught, or go to the perma-fair where…