Just a few thoughts and a random things for today, as I ease back into a blogging routine. Our internet is actually out at home, and has been for 4 days, so I’m taking advantage of school’s wifi for now while I take a break from lesson planning! (I typed this all yesterday at home while there was no wifi!)
I don’t like to be a negative person, but I really want to have a pity party that summer is coming to an end and I’m back working full time. The school year doesn’t start for another week, but teachers have a lot to prepare here in Peru! From government forms to annual plans, to actually planning the lessons I’ll be teaching the first few weeks…it’s a lot of work! And with the sun shining into the computer lab each day as I work away, I can’t help but wish summer were longer, and my break be prolonged indefinitely! I know that’s no real attitude to have about my job, but it’s true.
One reason I’ve been MIA from blogging is because I’ve been working, but another is because in my free time I’ve been putting another blog first…the blog my husband and I run about travel in Peru! We’ve had the site for a year,but I recently started writing and putting reviews and recaps of travel on there, and it’s quite fun seeing our stats grow! (Much more than this blog, might I add) I know each blog and person is different, but I can’t help but enjoy the number of site visits and likes daily. I guess it just goes to prove that hard work does pay off! And that I should put hardwork into other things in my life 😉
It’s been nearly three weeks since my family left Peru, and I’m already missing them. It was so fun spending time with them and being their tour guide and translator. We ate amazing food, went fun places, and straight up relaxed. We walked an average of 7 miles (!!!) daily, so resting each night on the couches at the AirBNB was lovely. I wish we had space for a couch in our tiny apartment!
While my family was here I read a Nora Roberts book, my first of hers. I devoured that book in less than a week! Thanks to travel time, the comfy couches, and a compelling story, it was such a great read- the second book of the year! (Currently working on finishing books 3 & 4, and just started book 5! I’m weird, what can I say?!)
Speaking of books, I’m curious: what books did you read in high school literature classes? Because I’m a high school teacher, I’m always looking for new recommendations for teens, and books that the Peruvian government & my school would approve. This year looks like I’m teaching 5, 7, & 9th grades and I have all of my curriculum, but I want to add on it for next year! What books were assigned reading in your high school?
On a completely different note, for the first time in my life I have a legit belly. I’m not talking a little fat in my midsection, I’m talking it straight up looks like I’m pregnant, which I’m NOT! Even a coworker asked me if I was, because my shirt was kind of tight and accentuated my belly fat all the more. I blame this recent increase in fat on stress of family travel (husband & I planned their whole trip to Cusco & around Lima), going back to work (ugh), and food from the States! My family brought us a whole box of Reese’s, Snickers, chocolate chip cookies, bacon bits, Chex mix, Ghirardelli chocolates…basically all my favorite things! And of course I’ve been eating them because they can’t go to waste! Soooo…yeah…realizing my problem is the first step, right? Now I just need to push cardio and working out. (Which I’ve recently become a bit more consistent with) I just need super motivation to not just sit around reading, and increase the working out!
Adult life is hard sometimes. I could write a whole post on ways it’s frustrating as an adult and expat, but I’ll save the negativity for another day. I will say that tax time in Peru as an expat is probably a lot easier than filing taxes online i the States, but of course taxes here require standing in long lines, patience, and a trip downtown to the Immigration office. Ick. I paid my taxes yesterday, but I have to go downtown later this week to actually register the payment with my Immigration card. Fun stuff. Have you paid your taxes yet??
Today we practiced having a serious teacher face when students are cutting up and trying to be clowns. I’ve got to admit that I did better than I thought, because usually I crack and smile, but today I didn’t! And my partner (acting as the student) is hilarious and has great funny faces, so I was proud I didn’t crack and laugh! I really need to work on being a more serious teacher, and having better discipline practices in the classroom.
I’m wearing a “cerise” pink shirt today…a new color and word for me! I just assumed it was hot pink, but apparently it’s technical name is cerise! Fact of the day.
So there’s a random update on my vida! No internet, lots of work, sweet foods, books, and soaking up my last bit of summer!