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*More things to look forward to…

Well, there are probably better things I could be doing at 7:15 on a workday morning than blogging (like drying my hair, making a turkey sandwich, and heading to the bus), but as I’ve been awake for quite some time (I may have gone to bed embarrassingly early last night) I suppose I’ll write while I’m thinking about it.

Yesterday while I was waiting for bus number two of four I started thinking about more things I’m looking forward to in the not-so-distant future:

1. Skiing!  I’m not a great skier, but I had a really good time last winter and have been daydreaming about it since July!  (In fact, I was just thinking about skiing while in the shower, which inspired this Tuesday morning blog post).  I’ve heard that Crystal Mountain (where I briefly lost my cell phone and wiped out numerous times last January) is already open and I’m sure more places will follow soon.
2. Seattle Language Academy.  I’m not definite about this, but I’m playing with the idea of taking a language class at SLA again after Christmas.  I took Arabic there my first fall in Seattle, and I think it would be fun to learn a language now that I’m done with school.  I haven’t decided which language yet.  I might continue on with the Italian I studied in college, or try something totally new like Korean, Chinese, Russian, or French…
3. Atlanta.  Throughout college I went to ATL fairly often to hang out with my brother and other friends in the area.  I haven’t been there even once since I moved to Seattle, but I’m driving down with my brother after Christmas.  I’m looking forward to being back in the city and spending time with Jeffrey and his friends.
4. Learning how to use Dad’s camera.  I have my Dad’s 1985 Nikon film SLR but I’ve only used it twice since he lent it to me.  I’m hoping to finally read the manual and start improving my photography skills.
5. Boston.  Also not definite, but the annual TESOL conference (the professional organization for my field) is in Boston in March.  I’ve been wanting to visit Boston for some time now and I haven’t made it to TESOL yet since I started teaching, so I’m hoping to go this year!

Okay, now it’s time to make that sandwich!

*An honest update.

Well, if September was ‘quite a month’ (according to my last post), this entire fall has been ‘quite exhausting.’  It’s had its ups and downs, but this roller coaster ride (especially the past few weeks) has worn me out.  Between being hired for my first community college job the day before the quarter started and playing catch-up for the entire session and then both starting and ending a relationship in less than two months, I’m definitely in need of a good rest.

Needless to say, I’m thankful for Thanksgiving and so glad that this is a three-day workweek followed by a four-day weekend.

Also, even though my heart is heavier than usual right now, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking and reflecting over the past few days, and there are quite a few things I’m thankful for and looking forward to.  I’ll save my thankfulness for Thursday’s post, but here are some of the things, in no particular order, that I’m looking forward to in the upcoming weeks:

  1. The short week/long weekend coming up.
  2. Thanksgiving dinner with friends.  Although not being with family is always sad, I’m excited to have a chance to relax and spend time with friends.  Great food + great friends = a great time ☺
  3. The end of the quarter.  I’ve really enjoyed teaching at the community college, but I’m also looking forward to the break.  I’ve learned a lot this quarter and will be teaching the same classes in January.  I’m looking forward to having a little more planning time to update my syllabi and get acquainted with my new texts before classes start.
  4. Teaching at only one school in January.  Although the decision to leave Kaplan after Christmas was a tough one, I’m looking forward to a saner schedule and having a little more time for myself.
  5. GOING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS!  I absolutely can’t wait to be at Sea-Tac and on a plane, flying South to visit friends and family!  (And to eat some real good fried greasy food)!  I’m counting down the days!  (24 and a half).
  6. 2010 and seeing what new adventures unfold in the new year.
  7. Finishing rearranging the furniture in my room and getting rid of lots of STUFF in my room.  I tried to rearrange my room last night by myself, and succeeded in moving the bed but breaking my desk.  I’m hoping some of the guys who are coming for Thanksgiving will help me fix the desk.  Then I can really start to get rid of the junk I’ve accumulated and make the space a little less chaotic.
  8. Going to bed early and getting up in time to enjoy a cup of coffee and read my Bible before the long day of teaching-teaching-teaching tomorrow… good night!