When you have nothing left to give and you gotta give more

Every weekday I wake up at 5:45 after a typically restless night. I smear foundation under my eyes in a futile attempt to cover the dark valleys¬†that have formed overnight, and then pile cover-up on top of that when the foundation proves inevitably inadequate. I leave for work at 6:40 and spend the half hour … Continue reading When you have nothing left to give and you gotta give more

Now what?

My last blog post received a tremendous amount of feedback. Probably, because for the first time in quite a while I wrote more than a mildly comedic account of my life here. I wrote something honest. Not that all my other posts are filled with lies, but they often omit certain things. And even though … Continue reading Now what?

Check your hands! and your feet. and your mouth.

My first week here we had a scare of hand, foot, and mouth disease, but it turned out to be a false alarm. This week it seems like half the school has it...not a false alarm. But thankfully, one of those people isn't me. Hooray, health! But because three of my little ones had it, the school … Continue reading Check your hands! and your feet. and your mouth.

Teaching toddlers in Thailand…week 1

I was certified to teach English to adults. My post-training work experience was in tutoring elementary and high school students in English. And now my job is teaching babies who don't really speak Thai yet let alone English. Which I am hugely ill-prepared for... And yet I still think it's great. The first week at … Continue reading Teaching toddlers in Thailand…week 1

Finally…an update

Writing regular posts has clearly slipped from the top of my priority list lately. Life has been full and busy and I just haven't focused on writing about my life so much as just living it. But for the sake of those who read this, I concede. A full update for you, and the promise … Continue reading Finally…an update

Stability, rain, and envelopes of cash

Everyone says it's super easy to get a job in Chiang Mai if you're a white English speaking female, especially with blonde hair and pale skin. What they don't tell you is its a little more difficult to get a job you actually want.  Before the Celta was even over, I was offered a job … Continue reading Stability, rain, and envelopes of cash

Songkran, Job Searches, and Suffocation

People told me Thailand would be hot. And my response was usually something along the lines of "better than snow!" Which, in all fairness, I am still convinced of. But what I was naively unprepared for was just how hot it would be. Hot to me meant a few days in the upper 90s back … Continue reading Songkran, Job Searches, and Suffocation

Transitions (and delays)

I had been in the practice of posting every week, usually on the same day, so that my readers would know what to expect. But as it happens, real life is never as organized as you want it to be, and as chaos grows, schedules lapse. And so here is a random update, two weeks … Continue reading Transitions (and delays)

I survived the CELTA

It's a miracle, I know. 4 intense weeks of study, planning, and teaching, and it didn't kill me. I guess 4 years of college before that sort of helped prepare me for that. In the big picture a month really isn't that long. The last week of the course was challenging, but really much easier … Continue reading I survived the CELTA

Celta and a social life…can it be done?

The short answer is: yes. The long answer is something a little closer to sure, if you're really good at time management and don't require sleep.  Week 3 of the CELTA has brought with it a lot of routine. The daily schedule has become as consistent as the inevitable stress that accompanies it. Breakfast, coffee, … Continue reading Celta and a social life…can it be done?