catching up

piranha
Well, I've stayed pretty busy with work and haven't had much time to write about any of it! But today I had the day off (kind of) so now's as good a time as any.

Teaching ESL has gotten better. I honestly didn't like it at first. Beginner levels are hard to teach because they know so little, it's hard to get them talking. I originally taught level 2 and had anywhere from 3-8 students, but the level 1 teacher left and a new one hasn't been hired, so I'm teaching both levels now. Not getting paid any differently mind you. And I have 14-18 students a day. The room is packed full of desks. 14-18 sounds like a good number for a public school class. Most nowadays are 30+. But for ESL that's pretty difficult. Even in foreign countries where native English speakers teach in large public school classrooms, they are usually language assistants and have another teacher helping them. I also teach from 9am-1:30pm. Four days a week. It's a lot! I say all of that but I don't mean to complain. That's just the way it is. And it's hard. But, it's a job and sometimes jobs are hard.

My students are mostly from South Korea. A few are Chinese and one is African. Classes are supposed to be immersion without the native language of the students being spolen. Easily done on my part. I don't speak Korean, Mandarin or... whatever language my African student speaks. She's new as of Thursday. But the level 1 teacher before me was bilingual and spoke Korean in the classroom. Getting the students to use English at all times is very difficult! Because of the varying levels in the class, I allow them to speak to each other in their native tongues when needed, like to explain the instructions to a class member who may not understand. At least that way, everyone can participate in the activities. Anyway, they are good students. All adults except one. I don't know if they are learning anything or not. I hope so. There haven't been any complaints made, so that's a good sign. And they all keep coming to class. Another good sign.

My second job is teaching theatre after school. It is hectic. But I like it! The kids are great.Their shows are progressing, though not as quickly as I'd hoped in some instances. It's difficult to block a play when two leads don't show up... on the same day! Grrrr... I'm the director at 4 schools, which I think may prove to be too many. We'll see. I may not want to do that many next fall. Today I thought I the day off for Presidents Day. I didn't have ESL today so I just assumed it was a school holiday everywhere. Not quite! I found out when I got a text from my boss at the theatre academy regarding another teacher's class today and went, "Uh... there's class today?" This was at 3:15. Class starts at 3:05 and ends at 4:05. I live 30 minutes away from work. So, yeah. Someone had to fill in for me. Whoops!

FUNimation is finally announcing some stuff that I worked on last year, namely Fairy Tail and Shiki. It's nice to have things to post about on my FB fan page apart from conventions! Not that there's anything wrong with conventions. I'm exctied for March to get here! Toronto and Columbia, SC!

And now I'm gonna go watch TV or something. Tony is sick and in bed. Boo.

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How did this happen?

peter and wendy

So I'm sitting at Starbucks. Relaxing. Really! I'm relaxing. There are a number of things I need to get done but I am sans laptop and scripts. So, here I sit, enjoying my London Fog (read: Earl Grey latte) and reading the newspaper. Relaxing. For the next ten minutes anyway. Then I'm off to the airport to pick up auntie and take her home. I just spent too much money on clothes for my headshot shoot tomorrow. I still need to get some eyeshadow at Walgreens or somewhere. I may have to iron a shirt. But for now... relaxing.

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Job interview

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Off to interview at an ESL academy. Tony applied there over the summer and didnt hear from them until last week. Now he has a job so he told them that I was certified as well. I sent my resume yesterday and got called for an interview within a number of hours. Guess they really need someone. If I get the job I'll be happy because it means we'll have enough money to move out of grandpa's place, but it also means that I will be working a lot more. I'm about to get new headshots done on Friday and do the agent search thing but I'm worried that I won't have the time to actually go on auditions! Sigh.

Well, here goes.

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Off to opening night!

Winry pretty
It's been one heck of a day! had to take my car to the shop and... okay, that's it really. But I wanted to just chill and do nothing except maybe the usual laundry until showtime.

Tony has been sick all week with a sinus infection or something. I came home from rehearsal last night to discover he had lost his voice! Today it wasn't any better AND he smacked his head on a cabinet at work and has a big gash on his forehead about two and half inches long! I went to walgreens, got some wound closure bandages and will have to "stitch" him up really quickly as soon as he gets home. There are some major road closures over by the theatre due to an accident with a semi last night, so I expect the drive to take longer than usual. Gotta leave earlier, I guess.

A million things to do this weekend. Mainly a lot of play reading and character and scene breakdowns before my kiddos audition next week. So far I've got 2 schools with 40 kids who will perform a show called Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit and another school with 22 kids doing Peter Pan. I've got one more school I've yet to go to. Their first day is Monday. They're also doing Peter Pan but I don't know how many kids I have.

This is pretty boring post. i'm just trying to at least write something, even if it's not very interesting!

Oh, I lost 2 pounds! So i rewarded myself with M&M's. is that counter productive?

I wish i could go see FMA Star of Milos, or whatever it's called. i remember when Shamballa was in the theatres and what a big deal it was for all of us. Winry is barely in the new movie but it still would be nice to see it on the big screen. it's only showing at 2 theatres in the whole metroplex, and my play conflicts with the showtimes. boo!

well, gotta go. hair and make-up time.

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I make lists a lot.

Winry Sailormoon
 I should write a nice journal post, but all I can think of is another list of things I should be doing but am not doing because I'm messing around online. Perhaps I am just relishing the free time? Is it really free time if there are other things I should be doing? All I know is that next week I go back to teaching and my free time will be considerably shorter. Like, cut in half. Bust after next week, rehearsal ends and I'll have night free again. Woo hoo! I still think I'll make a list. At the end of the post though.

So I'm in a play. It's called Herd 'Em Through The Grapevine, a comedy/murder-mystery/dinner theatre with a company I work for called Lagniappe. I worked with them briefly back in 2006 (6 years ago? Where does the time go?) They're a great group of people and I'm glad to be with them again. I did a show with them for the holidays called Dismay in Manger and I played the mayor's wife/widow, a social ladder climbing prissy pants woman, who had a love affair with a stagecoach driver! I was not the killer. But I could have been! It changed every weekend, but was never me. Anyway, in Herd 'Em  I play a teetotaling, temperance-preaching woman named Imma Nothavinany (ha ha- get it?). All of Lagniappe's shows are set in the "wild west" in the late 1800's but with random current references thrown in for laughs. Usually everyone has a ridiculous Texas accent, which is always fun. This time around, my character is from the East Coast, Boston to be exact. I really didn't want to be Bostonian, especially because the script writers don't even know why she's from there. Just because I guess. To be different? Anyway, I needed to do something with her voice that wasn't southern and what I've come up with basically sounds like Wanda from Fairly Oddparents. No joke! It's a lot more fun now :-)

I was going to write about my teaching job but in the middle of all this I walked and played with the dog and had lunch. Now I'm tired! Time for that list...

Stuff I Should Do But Don't Feel Like Doing:
  • Finish putting away Christmas decor
  • prep work for classes next week
  • work on my lines
  • laundry (Gah! It never ends!)
  • the dishes (they don't end either!)

Things I Do Feel Like Doing But Won't Do Because Then I'll Really Feel Guilty About Not Doing The Things On The Above List:
  • watching Doctor Who
  • or Torchwood
  • or taking a nap (Actually, forget the guilt. I'm doing this one...)

procrastinating

Dr. Tran

crap I need to do in the next 2.5 hours:


  • the dishes that have been piling up because the kitchen sink was clogged but since the plumber came this afternoon I can finally do
  • hang-up the plie of clean clothes that never seems to go away. That's why I haven't already hung them up. What's the point? There will be a new pile tomorrow and it will be as if I didn't accomplish anything today! Argh!
  • Go to the store and buy 1) toothbrush 2) toothpaste 3) roscon del reyes cake for Los Reyes Magos
  • WORK ON MY LINES BEFORE REHEARSAL HOLY COW
  • Um, put on some decent clothes! Should probably do that before I go to the store...
  • Pick up around the living room
  • Walk Torito
  • stop procrastinating and get off the internet.
I'm about to cross one thing off. See ya!

Okay, not bad. Managed to do everything except make it to the store. I was going to go on my way to rehearsal, but got stuck in a long line at the gas station and ran out of time!

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Random Thoughts

conchords
It's break time in my 3 hour class. SO LONG! But half over, so that's good. I wish i journaled more. I blame the lack of internet at the casa. It's so darn expensive here. We've been pirating a signal to skype on the iphone, but now the iphone has crashed! I'll have to take it home to TX and reboot it on Tony's computer. So... we need the net!

Anyway, Spain is pretty awesome right now, due to the World Cup win! We watched every Spain game, it was so exciting! The night they won, our neighborhood restaurant just exploded with cheers. Screaming, crying, jumping, running, blowing horns, fireworks- it was awesome! We had some celebratory beers and then hopped on the metro to go party in the streets in the city center. It was chaotic, but so great. A very memorable, one-of-a-kind, probably once in a lifetime experience. And it got better! The next day, we took to the streets along with 1 million other madrilenos to celebrate the homecoming of the champions! There was a parade and we got to see the players and the trophy atop a bus as the rode around town. None of the pictures turned out very well, due to the crowd and our excitement, but I have plenty of pictures in my head.

Now that the World Cup is over, we don't know what to do at night. There's no football to watch! We're also usually really tired because of the heat. It's hard to fall asleep at night because it's too darn hot! We get up, go to work, come home exhausted enough to crash on the couch for a few hours, get up, cook and eat dinner, and repeat the cycle. Last night we moved the guest bed into the living room where the AC is. Tony slept on the couch and I had the bed and got the first full night's sleep I've had in WEEKS. it was great.

What else.... lots of summer sales, but no money to blow really. So that's no fun.

Going to TX and Canada in a few weeks. Getting pretty excited about that! Real food! And air conditioning! And anime conventions! And voice acting! Woo hoo! And seeing family :-)

ok- back to class.

Ni hao!

Ayumi look
So I'm in China again, just in time for the World Expo in Shanghai! I'm here working but there is plenty of time for play as well. However, Tony couldn't come with me this time and without him here, I lack the motivation to go out exploring. I'd really love to just sleep, since I don't get much of that at home!

Really though, as much as I love the VA work, and even did some directing on the fly today, I'm really enjoying being away from it full-time. Sometimes you just need a break, even from things that you love. Regardless of how kick-ass many people feel my job is, it has it's downsides. The politics. The not-knowing-if-I-have-another-contract-coming-up. The silent campaigning to go to conventions. The not-so-silent campaigning by some. Divas.

I thought that this trip would solidify my desire to absolutely return to the job ASAP, but I think it is doing the opposite. OK, maybe not the full opposite. Perhaps a better statement would be that this trip is solidifying for me the things I love and hate about the biz, and giving me a clearer picture of the mentality I want to have whenever I do go back. This is thanks in part to a fellow VA's recent journal entry. Her attitude about work reminds me of the way I used to feel when I first began. The joy and the gratefulness. So thanks Alexis, if you read this ;-)

I know I definitely miss FMA though! I miss working on it, I miss directing it... but my wonderful boss sent me DVD's to watch!! YAY! Maybe I'll go watch them right now ;-)

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Jesus Appears to ThomasCollapse )

 26A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" 27Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe."

 28Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!"

 29Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."

 30Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

 

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