Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Update on Mindy

Mindy is doing better, for those who were concerned. She hasn't had any appetite for the past few days, so I bought her some special dog food tonight (chicken and rice). She loved it and had a nice dinner that she kept down. I was thrilled. She's having less diarrhea finally, so I figure after another day and a half of meds, she should be as good as new. As soon as she's over the diarrhea, I'm going to deep-clean this apartment!

I shouldn't be up this late, but I cannot sleep to save my life. It was a busy day, and I have a LOT on my mind. Most of it I don't care to share online, but the rest is all work-related. My nine kids that I've been grooming for the speech competitions are competing on Thursday, and I think I'm even more nervous than they are. I really want them to do well! I'm also really busy preparing two classes for their tests next week. I spent about an hour and a half today after school writing the oral test and only got half of it completed. Tomorrow, I need to finish it. I'm hoping to get it done in under an hour, but that's likely an impossible dream.

I managed to have a lengthy conversation with Angel, the Korean kindergarten teacher, today. This is notable, as she speaks barely any English. I was actually understanding a lot of Korean, which surprised both of us! I seem to pick up a new word or two every few days. At this rate, it will be interesting to see how much Korean I can pick up by March of '09 (when I leave to go home for a visit).

I'm finally admitting that I have no idea what exactly I'm going to do after my year is up. I would love to go to grad school, but I keep thinking about how much better of a living I can make here in Korea than back home. Who knows, I may wind up staying in Korea for a few more years. Or I may move back to the US and go back to Liberty (my alma mater). And I'm still not ruling out the rest of Asia or Europe either (although I have definitely ruled out South America). Whatever happens, I'm looking forward to it.

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"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"