Mung bean hummus.

Mung bean hummus.

I just listened to the creepiest recording of The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe and omg every single noise is making me jump.

I just had to go outside to throw out rubbish and I nearly had a nervous breakdown.

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Reading: I just finished One Day by David Nicholls this morning which I feel like I would’ve liked a lot more if I hadn’t watched the movie before. It’s definitely still worth a read though. About to start The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Watching: I started watching the new Fargo TV series last week. The pilot was good, although the accents were distractingly inconsistent. I have high hopes for this mini series.

Eating: Leftovers. Fish and woodear mushrooms in a lemon coconut sauce. Really need to go grocery shopping.

Listening to: Mulan soundtrack.

I got to see a cinema projection room this weekend. We rented out a private room and 100 students and parents came to watch Captain America. It was fun.

And then on Sunday they moved my class of 13 teenagers into one of the smallest classrooms, so we sat in Small Star chairs and played games for an hour.

Me: The little kids have to say “Teacher, teacher, let me try!” when they want to answer a question.
Greyson: I’m sure you want to say “I will, I will make you cry!”

I love my kids so very much.

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Storyteller class, Summer 2013.


Ersha Island

Sometimes I stay up late buying books online and then I can’t sleep because I’m so excited.

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Favourite book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I can’t count the number of times I’ve read this book. I may never have read it if it weren’t for my favourite English teacher, Mr Gladwin, who made literature come alive.

Favourite movie: It would have to be either 12 Angry Men or 10 Things I Hate About You
10 Things I Hate About You is another film that I’ve probably watched 100 times. When I was 16 I worked in a video store and every Saturday morning I would put this movie on in the background while I worked. 12 Angry Men is the reason I originally wanted to study law. I quickly gave that up after I realised law wasn’t always this exciting.

Favourite song: Piano Man by Billy Joel
This needs no explanation.

Today was spring cleaning day at work. My school is shut down for three days while it’s being renovated, so we spent the day sorting out our office and belting out Disney songs. We threw out more bags of recycling than I ever thought possible, and managed to find a spot in our tiny office for each of our twenty teachers. 

Also wandered down to Taojin to check out the new Mexican place, Mr Pancho’s. $5 burritos = so much happiness. The people there were super nice and patient with our endless questions, and the food was simple and authentic.

all in all, a successful day in China.