It’s hard to put into words how tired I am and it’s hard to be honest. I know I don’t have the most difficult job in the world ... but it’s certainly not the easiest. This week has been arduous, I still haven’t heard from the university and I’m becoming more and more aware of the fact that I might encounter bouts of exhaustion once I start my lectures. I’m not sure how I feel about working from eight in the morning until well after eight in the evening, not to mention the tiresome commuting which adds at least two hours, if not more to the day. It’s not a single journey, there’re at least three forms of transport involved and going to two schools in one day just makes me want to cry. I’ve mentioned that I don’t mind it but when you work in one place all day, it’s easier, that’s obvious. I would switch in a heartbeat.
Teaching is great when you have time to plan decent lessons, I need at least a day to think about the week and at the same time, life isn’t just about teaching. It’s about living. There are other elements that come into play, the cleanliness of one’s apartment, of one’s self and lastly, any sort of normal relationship with another human being would be beneficial at the moment. I thought I would be teaching less because I would be studying, I thought it would work out better but as it happens I have extra hours, which means more money and less time. Less time ... I’ve met people who work on a pitiful amount of sleep a night and seem to function competently but I wonder how well they’d be able to teach six classes of students between the ages of 5 and 9 followed by adult learners. I wonder if the students would enjoy their classes. I wonder if I’ll be able to do it.
Last year made so much sense to me, this year my brain hurts from all the modifications, all the revisions. I understand the disruptive nature of change which enables a company to develop. I just wish I had taken a step back before diving in.
On a more positive note, I finally managed to update my blog with a post (albeit a slight moan).
Last month, I enjoyed a post written where a number of questions re listed to be answered in the comments section by the readers. Some questions haven't been changed (as the original post was so good) but I've adapted others to suit me (pizza instead of biscuits, even though I really like biscuits). If you would prefer not to comment, you can email me with your answers.
Answer as many or as few questions as you'd like, let's start a dialogue.
P E R S O N A L
+ What's your name?
+ How old are you?
+ Where can I find you (Twitter, Pinterest, Bloglovin etc.)?
+ What do you do?
+ How are you?
N O W & F U T U R E
+ What's your dream job? (No limitations)
+ Name three skills you have.
+ Name three skills you want.
+ Where do you see yourself in five years?
Y O U & I
+ How did you find my site?
+ How do you follow me?
+ Is there anything you'd like to ask me?
P I Z Z A S
+ What's your favourite pizza topping?
+ Are you vegan or vegetarian?
+ What's your favourite book?
+ What's your favourite film?
+ What's your favourite television series?
+ Do you have a favourite celebrity?
+ Name one song I need to go and listen to right now.
Here's a list of all of the products:
Kawaii Neko Plush
Tin Dinosaur Pencil Case
Macaron Ink Pen (I thought it was a doughnut, whoops!)
Cloud Memory Letter Set
Korean Deco Tape
Polka Dot Shoe Laces
Popsicle Squishy Charm
Mini Animal Spray Bottle
Alpaca Tin Case (I thought they were sheep, whoops!)
Puffy Paradise Stickers
Naru Naru Gumi Nomi DIY Candy Kit
Above is a video of me opening my reviewer of the month (August 2015) Kawaii Box and a giveaway where you can win your own! If you would prefer to enter through my Facebook page click here.
Pinky Paradise have accumulated years of experience in the beauty industry, making them a trusted and renowned online retail merchandiser. They specialise in fashionable and trendy circle lenses and colour contacts, both with and without prescription. Luckily for me there are toric lenses for astigmatism too (although the ones featured in the pictures are just a regular prescription)! I was searching for make-up I had used in Taiwan when I stumbled across their site. As far as the site itself goes, it's well designed and easy to navigate, which makes it quite pleasant to use. They also have a list of international delivery costs which includes how much one has to spend to be eligible for free delivery!
The lenses I chose are very similar to my natural colour, which is dark brown. I chose the GEO Grang Grang Choco HC-246 style as I felt that they were quite pretty. I wanted to enhance my look rather than completely change it. Perhaps I'll be brave enough to buy a pair in bright blue or green at some point but for now, I'll stick to brown. The lenses come with a free case, they sent me two really cute macaroon versions, one in pink and purple, the other in pink and blue. There was also a really nice little manual explaining how to put the lenses in your eyes as well as other safety tips. I love the illustrations.
I didn't find the make-up I was looking for but I decided that a box of face masks would be a worthwhile purchase. They have a lot of great beauty products, as well as wigs and other accessories. The face masks I chose are a brand I've used in the past and they really work very well. The brand is 'My Beauty Diary' and they're arbutin masks. My skin has some acne scaring so I find that using a mask helps and my entire face always feels so much better afterwards, especially if I've been at work all day.
This review was also posted on Trust Pilot.
I wanted to share another great recipe with you, this is another one from Damien Matter (check out his mussel pot recipe here). "This chicken wing recipe is one of my all time favourite ones. They are sweet, sticky and moreish. The whiskey marinade and sauce makes this a winner. Best cooked on a coal BBQ."
• Chicken wings
A little or a lot (you will want a lot they are too tasty for one).
Prepare them by twisting the wing so they cook flat.
• About a cup of whiskey
• 1 cup of stock (home made)
• Onion and garlic flakes
• Sea salt and pepper corns
• Brown sugar
• 1 onion
• 4 cloves of garlic
• Olive oil
I signed up for Reddit Gifts, Gifts for Teachers 2015 in early August. My 'secret Santa' sent me a message once I had been matched and it was great to chat with them about where I work and the students. My application mentioned that I wished there were more readers for the children, to be read to the younger ones or to be read by the older ones. Reading books in school is such a huge part of a child's education. I was delighted yesterday that I had come home from work when I did as a few minutes later the doorbell rang, it was a courier. I opened the box to find fifteen beautiful books for children. I've written a list of them all here:
Shampoodle (Step into Reading)
Wild Kratts: Wild Sea Creature: Sharks, Whales and Dolphins! (Step into Reading)
Disney Frozen: Hello, Olaf! (Step into Reading)
Disney Big Hero 6:I Am Baymax (Step into Reading)
Disney Frozen: Big Snowman, Little Snowman (Step into Reading)
Tangled: Kingdom of Colour (Step into Reading)
A Maths Reader: One Hundred Shoes (Step into Reading)
May I Please Have A Cookie? (Scholastic Readers)
Possum Magic (Voyager Books)
Sunshine, Moonshine (Step into Reading)
Disney Pixar, Inside Out: Welcome to Headquarters (Step into Reading)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Pizza Party! (Step into Reading)
Bean's Baker's Best Shot (Step into Reading)
Disney Princess: Friends for a Princess (Step into Reading)
Big Egg (Step into Reading)
I know the students will absolutely adore the Disney Pixar books but my personal favourites are Possum Magic (it's such a lovely story with nice illustrations) and One Hundred Shoes (which is actually an awesome maths reader for young learners). Every book on the list contains a click through link to where you can purchase each of them. I've enjoyed messaging my 'secret Santa' and the entire experience. I think I will definitely take part again next year.
I cried a lot yesterday (at home, in front of my co-workers, on public transport). For the entire day I just felt as though my body was shutting down. The past two weeks have been incredibly busy and today was the first day that I was finally able to relax. Unfortunately for me, the day flew by too fast. My S.O. went back to his home town early this morning, I ate leftover soup and straightened a synthetic wig. Before I knew it, it was dark outside and in two hours it'll be time for bed.
The reasons for my current wave of sadness are irrelevant. I won't go into detail about why I'm feeling low and instead I'll focus on how I attempt to bring myself back up.
This week shouldn't be as frustrating as the last, I hope. The university haven't got in touch with me yet so I presume it'll be the middle of September before I'm able to choose and register for my lessons. I might make myself a banana milkshake and save all of the tidying up for tomorrow.