The Unsolved Mystery of the Unclaimed Stool (Not the Kind You Sit On)

Disney World The other night, a friend mentioned Disney World, and I said 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 didn’t want to hear the rest of the story, […]

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When Sickness Hits: Some Tips

Since cold and flu season is upon us (or at least upon me), I thought I’d help out the world by posting some of the epiphanies that have come to me during the last week of being sick. Here are some tips: 1. Don’t give in. Some friends swear by the “deny sickness at all costs” […]

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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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Progress, my friends, Progress! (Studying the Korean Language)

Last night I texted my mom: Guess what, the most amazing thing just happened!! She responded right away: What. She probably thought something actually amazing had happened, as opposed to what really had. I was watching the latest episode of 연애의 발견 (a Korean drama) and the subtitles cut out in the middle, but I still understood almost […]

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Teacher Life: Giving Rewards

I could not stop smiling yesterday during my crazy class, the one packed with noisy third grade boys who like to fight with each other and test the limits of my patience. I was outright grinning from ear to ear. Because those kids were behaving SO WELL!

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Summer Has Arrived!

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I went running this morning and almost died. It felt great in the moment, because although the sun was a little hot, there was nice breeze coming off the ocean and the running path was much less crowded than usual. I could also tell my endurance had improved, which made me happy. But after I […]

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