Monday, June 9, 2008

I Am an Accomplished Woman

Tonight I successfully beat my all-time best for the most awkward things carried while on a bicycle. I managed to "safely" transport myself, my bag, a VERY heavy bag of groceries, a huge box of cereal, and a mop all on my bike at the same time. Without falling! Without hitting parked cars or pedestrians! And I was going both downhill and uphill! And I had to cross six lanes of traffic! They're just going to have to make a film about me now!

This was not my only achievement today. Allow me to strut out my other achievements for the day:

1) I got excellent behavior out of all of my classes (through a creative mixture of threats and rewards).
2) I taught a class of third-graders how to say the word "auditorium" (trust me, it's not an easy word for Korean kids).
3) I managed to fall and scrape up my arm in four places just by walking into the teachers' room at school (that really does take talent).
4) I changed two light bulbs on the ceiling of my apartment without setting anything on fire or falling off the chair I was precariously balancing on.
5) I broke my wooden tongs and my second-to-the-last juice glass - just by picking them up!
6) I fit comfortably into a pair of trousers that have been too small for the past two years!

Yessir, I am indeed a woman of many accomplishments today!


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Elizabeth said...

Hi there! I'm from Otsego, just north of Kzoo (you're from the one in Michigan, right?!) and my boyfriend and I are heading to Ilsan, Korea in about 2 weeks to teach for a year too! I just joined your blog and can't wait to read up... Oh, and I would just like to say that I've never met anyone who has Idina Menzel in their faves for music like I do :) Kudos girl! Any tips for us? You can email me at if you happen to, say, have any packing tips for this little (wet) adventure!! :) Either way, great blog!

"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"