Catching Up

It’s funny how work always gets in the way of the things I want to do. The last few weeks have been very busy for me. As an English teacher here in Japan, I had to prepare for our special Christmas lessons at school as well as other End-of-Year activities. I think every educator knowsContinue reading “Catching Up”

Hanging On

Hubby is going through a crisis right now. He’s thinking about quitting his job, mostly because there are things that he just can’t deal with at his workplace. Unfortunately, the bulk of the comforting and the encouragement falls onto me. Frankly, it’s a little draining sometimes. Though I’m usually very supportive, I’m a little tiredContinue reading “Hanging On”

Coursera, EdX, and MOOCs

The problem when you live in Japan is that everything is in Japanese, especially for those of us who live in areas that are not as connected globally. You do have to rely on the local language most of the time–so if you choose to take classes, most of it will be in Japanese. EnterContinue reading “Coursera, EdX, and MOOCs”

Getting a PhD. Is it worth it?

I did a bad thing last night. Yesterday, before going to bed, I made the mistake of browsing through different PhD programs from all over the world. Instead of going to bed early so that I can get some much needed rest, I spent two hours looking at different websites that offered all kinds ofContinue reading “Getting a PhD. Is it worth it?”

Working While on Vacation

So I am in Tokyo Haneda Airport right now. I am on vacation–finally! Hooray! I’ve been looking forward to this trip so much because I can finally let loose and let my hair down, so to speak. However, a part of me can’t really do that, because I’ve learned my lesson from the last timeContinue reading “Working While on Vacation”

Being Valued at Work

I’ve never called out of work. Knock on wood. And I hope I never really have to. I’ve mentioned before that I just don’t like calling out because I hate leaving my school in the lurch, especially with so many students coming and going. I also don’t want to leave our already over-worked Japanese staffContinue reading “Being Valued at Work”

Job Opportunities

I was scrolling through Facebook the other day, and an opening for a job opportunity popped up. This came from our local university that I followed online. Granted, the position was only part-time, but it piqued my interest. I’ve always loved school and universities, so when the job announcement came up, I immediately clicked onContinue reading “Job Opportunities”

STEM Careers and Incomes

I usually talk to my family back in the US during the weekends. I found out that my brother started working for a new company at the end of September. He had just left his previous job of six years. The new company was going to pay him almost double his previous salary. Wow. HeContinue reading “STEM Careers and Incomes”

On Work and Disasters

It is a Saturday and I’m supposed to be working. Instead, I’m watching TV, but I don’t find it particularly restful. I feel antsy, like I should be doing something else. Something inside me wants to be up and about, doing some kind of productive work. Is it the coffee I just drank? I’m notContinue reading “On Work and Disasters”