My 24th birthday was very interesting this year (November 7th, btw). It started out with only 1/3 of my co-workers singing to me with a cheesecake (I’m lactose-intolerant) versus the usual 14 people… way to make me feel loved on my birthday dudes. What was nice was that Asuncion made some potato salad and chicken and dropped it off at work for me. So everyone that did show up on-time got to have some chicken and potato salad. My former student Sarah dropped by April during the 6 o’clock block to bring some random gifts and this lovely card:
I also loved that she bought me a pack of board markers ^_^ After work, I had budaechiggae with Asuncion at a place near our house. Soup on a freezing cold day… perfect! I went home to veg out after that but was promptly called back up to Asuncion’s place since Gaz & his daughter Esha wanted to bring me a cake. So we hung out there and had chocolate cake and a few beers.
Today, I went up to Seoul to treat myself to a new sequin top from Forever 21. I ended up with TWO sequin tops and a rhinestone headband. A pretty successful shopping trip if I do say so myself. I met up with Asuncion, Gaz, and Richard for dinner at Wang Thai in Itaewon. Their pad thai never fails to make me happy. Le party was le crashed by le unknown person but whatevers. I really can’t be pleased. First, I don’t have enough people singing to me. Now, I have one too many person at my dinner outing. -________- After dinner, we hung out at a random coffee shop to catch up for a bit since I haven’t seen Richard since late summer. All in all, a very good day and a nice chance to see some good friends.
Now that I’m a year older, I’d like to be a bit smarter about my life. Just a bit. I’ve recently applied for some new jobs in Korea since I’m leaning towards making a change next year. April has (for the most part) been good to me. But with the direction it is going, I’m not really sure if there is a place for me. I love April with all my heart and I have invested so much energy and time into making my branch what it is today. However, there comes a time where that doesn’t seem to be enough anymore. So I have to be smart about it. I can’t wait around for things to happen. I have to make it happen. I have to either settle or look for opportunities elsewhere. Ideally, I’d like a bit more creative freedom in my work. And by creative freedom, I mean decorating my class and making monthly bulletin boards! For example, if I wanted to make a bulletin board for Thanksgiving and have kids write what they are thankful for, I want the time and space in the curriculum to do that. With April, we have such a set time schedule that anything outside of the curriculum is virtually impossible. I know I work at a “hagwon” but I take pride in creating a fun learning environment. So yea, here I am. Just starting to get my cards in order for next year.