Chaos and Calm

I try to arrange my life in such a way that organization and order overpower chaos. I have been trying to stick to a pretty consistent schedule of sleeping, waking, working, exercising, etc. I like planning and predictability in my day (as much as my nomadic existence might infer otherwise). Chaos and I don't do too … Continue reading Chaos and Calm

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.

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

It’s a hard life for a clumsy klutz

When I was a kid my dad's nickname for me was Spill Queen. Aptly named, because I was a tiny disaster area who dropped things constantly. I was the most accident prone child--by the age of 6 I'd had almost 50 stitches, gained by doing everything from stepping on shark teeth to running through a … Continue reading It’s a hard life for a clumsy klutz

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)

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?

A Day in the Life of a CELTA Trainee…a photo diary 

It's the end of week 2 of the Celta, and i'm about ready for a vacation and a week-long nap. Week 1 was foundation work, learning the basics, and creating lesson plans from detailed teaching points prepared for us. Week 2 came with a little more freedom in our lesson plans, working from some set … Continue reading A Day in the Life of a CELTA Trainee…a photo diary 

CELTA: Week 1

I have successfully made it through my first week of the CELTA course. When I was originally looking into the different teaching certification courses available, it seemed that there was a different acronym for every type of ESL teaching imaginable. TEFL, TESOL, CELTA, TOEFL, get the idea. But from what I had read, CELTA seemed … Continue reading CELTA: Week 1