#WeekendCoffeeShare–Life Updates and Realizations

If we were having coffee, I’d probably first give you a big hug (if you’re a hug person, that is…please let me know ahead of time) and then I’d say how good it is to see you. It’s been a few weeks since I’ve joined the coffee share, but life in Thailand has been quite busy.

If we were having coffee, I’d catch you up on the last few weeks. I’d tell you about celebrating Christmas in Thailand at school (where we did Christmas activities the first three class periods before continuing a normal day of school) and on celebrating in Bangkok over the weekend with my TESOL friends–which included ice skating in a mall and going to a really cool bar that looked like Hogwarts on the inside (it’s called The Iron Fairies and if you ever find yourself in BKK, I recommend it). I’d tell you about our New Years Party at school and the MASSIVE, school-wide gift exchange that we did. It was crazy and took at least two hours to pass out all the gifts. Every gift had a number attached to it and every student and staff member got a number on a piece of paper–whatever number you got lined up with a specific gift, and that was your New Years gift! It was so fun and quite a scene to watch. I’d lastly tell you about spending New Years down south on the island-province of Phuket and how lovely and fantastic that was (and I wouldn’t go into too much detail because Continue reading “#WeekendCoffeeShare–Life Updates and Realizations”

#WeekendCoffeeShare–In Which I Unpack, Adjust, and Find Home

If we were having coffee, I’d be soo excited to see you!

It’s been ages since I’ve joined the Coffee Share and it feels so good to be back.

After five weeks of living out of a suitcase, I finally have a home. A month of TESOL training left little time for adequate blogging (I don’t do this blogging business for the stats but let me tell you, my stats have been terrible).

Now, though? Now, my suitcase is unpacked, my shoes are lined up by the door, and I’m sitting on my new bed in my new apartment and it feels so good.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about how crazy this week has been. It has been emotionally and physically exhausting. If you read this post, you’d know that I am no longer placed in Nong Khai, a province in Northeastern Thailand, where I was supposed to be teaching at a secondary school. I hadn’t even been there a week when I knew it just wasn’t right for me. This knowledge wasn’t necessarily something I could explain. It wasn’t culture shock. It was just this inborn knowledge that something wasn’t right about me being there.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about how on Friday, while visiting friends in Bangkok, an opportunity came up for me to accept another job…this time in Nakhon Pathom Province in Central Thailand. When I was offered the position, I didn’t hesitate. Everything about this new Continue reading “#WeekendCoffeeShare–In Which I Unpack, Adjust, and Find Home”

#WeekendCoffeeShare–When Teacher Britta Takes the Wheel

If we were having coffee, I’d start off by saying IT’S SO GOOD TO SEE YOU (really slowly and overly enthusiastically, too, because I’ve been Teacher Britta for the past two days and Teacher Britta talks really slowly and really enthusiastically….and really loudly).

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you all about how this has undoubtedly been the longest and most rewarding week of my life.

Seriously.

Thailand. Teaching English. This is where I need to be. What I need to be doing. And I’m SOO glad this is my life.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about language camp. And preparing for language camp. As part of my TESOL course, all the teachers must participate in a two day language camp where we teach to actual Thai students for the FIRST TIME EVER. We were put into groups of two or three and while one of us teaches, the other one or two of us observes and lends a hand if necessary.

The past week has consisted of preparing for language camp. Preparing lesson plans, revising lesson plans, performing practice lesson plans, rushing to the printer, rushing for school Continue reading “#WeekendCoffeeShare–When Teacher Britta Takes the Wheel”

#WeekendCoffeeShare–Making This Quick ‘Cause It’s Bedtime!

If we were having coffee, I’d start off by saying whew, it’s been another exhausting week. The humidity here has been absolutely insane, which makes for an uncomfortable work environment, what with all the running around I do as a barista (but hey, good practice for Thailand with this humidity, right?). The heat from all the cooking in the kitchen certainly doesn’t help, not mention that the air flow in the gas station itself is absolutely preposterous. So, I’m absolutely spent and am going to try to make this post short and sweet so I can get to bed sooner than later.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’ve been relatively absent in the blogosphere this week. I’ve “liked” a few posts but that’s about it. I did read through a few on my phone earlier today after work, but was too tired to interact with any of them. It’s just been an exhausting Continue reading “#WeekendCoffeeShare–Making This Quick ‘Cause It’s Bedtime!”

#WeekendCoffeeShare–Can I Just Go and Introvert Now? Edition

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’m exhausted. I’d tell you that it’s soo easy for me to forget how much of an introvert I really am until I find myself in a situation where I’m around a bunch of people and all I’ll really want to do is cuddle up on my bed and read a book or watch Gilmore Girls or blog a bit. This week has been really busy and really good. But I’m exhausted. I need to recharge with some serious alone time.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about how I visited my grandparents in Iowa on Monday and Tuesday. My grandma really wanted me to visit before I head off to Thailand and I hadn’t been down to the little town where the live since October. I’ve grown up visiting this small town and I even lived with my grandparents there for the three summers that I worked at the local county museum. So much has changed over the years, but being there always brings back waves of nostalgia from my childhood. Plus, my grandma and I are basically BFFs, and I’m always up for an excuse to hang out with her. We had such fun together, visiting the shops in town and Continue reading “#WeekendCoffeeShare–Can I Just Go and Introvert Now? Edition”

#WeekendCoffeeShare–Drinks and Work and BLOG CH-CH-CHANGES

If we were having coffee, I’d assure you that, OH MY GAWD, I SWEAR I’M NOT A DRUNK.

The last time I was even remotely tipsy was when I wrote this post.

(I’d also assure you that that post was a hit and blogging drunk is fun)

All my friends are far away and I have no one to drink with but myself. #collegegraduateproblems

(yes, I’m writing this post slightly intoxicated, again)

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If we were having coffeeI discuss how generally boring and uninspiring this week was. At least at work. Seriously. Summer is coming to an end, folks, and that means less people want milkshakes and smoothies. And even though I’ve been making more hot coffee drinks than I Continue reading “#WeekendCoffeeShare–Drinks and Work and BLOG CH-CH-CHANGES”

#WeekendCoffeeShare–Productivity, When Bloggers Meet, and Is It Bedtime Yet??

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that this summer has taken a lot out of me.

If not for these Weekend Coffee Shares and my Hump Day Haikus, I wouldn’t know what to blog about because…well, because I’m tired!

I’m working forty hours a week, running around all day in excessive heat. I’m exhausted and not getting enough sleep. I want to see too many people and do too many things. And it’s catching up on me.

I was supposed to go clubbing tonight with a few of my college friends. We’ve been planning it for months and  I’ve been looking forward to it all summer. I pushed the fact that I was exhausted and crabby when I woke up this morning to the side because clubbing was going to Continue reading “#WeekendCoffeeShare–Productivity, When Bloggers Meet, and Is It Bedtime Yet??”

#WeekendCoffeeShare–Boys and Blogs and Travel Prep

If we were having coffee, the first thing I’d tell you is that I’m just a wee bit intoxicated right now.

Not that that’s exceptionally important, but it’s how I roll…as in, I generally do not withhold the fact that I’m intoxicated when I am, indeed, intoxicated.

That Jameson and lime was really strong. Whoops!

(Really, I’m just a little tipsy right now. Nothing to worry about, folks!)

Well, now that that’s been established.

Oh baby, it’s been quite the week!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you all about how I got dumped this week! On my lunch Continue reading “#WeekendCoffeeShare–Boys and Blogs and Travel Prep”

#WeekendCoffeeShare–The Obligatory Post-Date Update and Other Stories

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’m feeling much better than I was last week at this time. After spending half the day on Monday in bed, I forced myself to get up because I had dinner plans with a friend and, after a good night’s rest on Monday night, I felt much better on Tuesday.

If we were having coffee, I’d ask if you remember that post about birth control that I wrote a few weeks ago? Well, it was all for naught. In the end, I didn’t get any lecture about going off of birth control, though that is probably mostly because my doctor read through the wrong file before coming into my appointment and totally thought I was someone else. He apologized when he realized the mistake and I truly do think he felt quite terrible. I admit, it did feel a bit impersonal, being asked about someone else’s recently inserted IUD and someone’s job, but I Continue reading “#WeekendCoffeeShare–The Obligatory Post-Date Update and Other Stories”

#WeekendCoffeeShare–The Anti-Coffee Share Edition

I write this from my bed. Where I have been convalescing for most of the afternoon.

Sorry, it’s not that I don’t want to catch up with y’all. I’m just not feeling too hot right now.

That said, I do have some sharing to do, so let’s just make this a short and sweet update of a post.

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If we had plans for coffee, I’d have to cancel because, as stated above, I’ve been in bed most of the afternoon.

I’m actually supposed to be at work right now, but I left after 3.5 hours of my eight hour shift because I felt like I was going to pass out standing up. I didn’t arrive at work feeling ill. Just a little tired. I got some coffee thinking I just needed a bit more caffeine (the perks of working at an espresso bar…I can just pour myself a cold press if I please, which is what I did). Needless to Continue reading “#WeekendCoffeeShare–The Anti-Coffee Share Edition”

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