The Unsolved Mystery of the Unclaimed Stool

(And by stool, I don’t mean the thing you sit on..) The other night, a friend mentioned Disney World, and I shared that I had visited as a child. I must have been about eight. “Someone pooped in our bathtub,” I said, slurping up some late night ramen. “That’s my most distinct memory.” My friend said they really […]

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Teacher Life: Trading Stickers

Today two of my third grade girls brought in stickers to trade with me. My collection is a bit sparse and rather random at the moment, but I think the fact that I only give kids a sticker when they amass 1,000 points on the board (which, let’s be honest, takes forever) makes my stickers […]

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Smashing Cockroaches

The other night, I had one of the most traumatic experiences of my life. I entered my bedroom just in time to see a huge cockroach leap right into my bed!! To give some context, I sleep on the floor (on a mat). I also sleep inside a pop-up mosquito tent with a zip-up flap door. Inside […]

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Teacher Life: Almost, but not quite..

I often shamelessly laugh at my students when they mix up their English words. (For example, today a boy said he was wearing a “cat” on his head instead of a “cap.” Or there was the infamous day I asked the class to identify a picture of a kitchen, and a third grader jumped out of […]

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Welcome to my life

This week was a weird one for me. Just mentally. I was a little out of it. Even more than usual, I mean. One evening, my roommate called me out of my room into the kitchen: “Hey roomie!  Look at the floor!” I burst out of my room and wildly scanned the floor for a cockroach or some […]

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The Things I Forget to Notice

So apparently I have a knack for knocking floor mats askew. I never noticed I had this skill until my new roommate pointed it out. The mat in front of the kitchen sink, in front of the bathroom, inside the bathroom, and by the balcony door are invariably crooked after I’ve passed by. I’m like a […]

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The Days You Forget to Wear Deodorant

There are some days you forget to wear deodorant (which may or may not have happened to me recently). It happens. But the question is what you do when that moment comes. Are you going to dwell on it all day, constantly paranoid that someone is going to figure out your secret? Or are you going […]

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Teacher Life: Getting Laughed at by Five-year-olds is Always Fun

Sometimes I feel really unqualified to be a kindergarten teacher. Like when we are talking about birds and how some birds can’t fly and then I’m suddenly not sure whether penguins can fly or not and I have to double-check with the teacher across the hall. (They can’t, by the way.  I’m pretty sure..) Or […]

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