I'm on a two-week break from teaching. Hooray! I've debated whether I should take some time off from blogging, but really, what's the point? I need to keep writing, or my skills will atrophy. At least, that's what I delude myself into believing. In all honesty, though, I just want to keep it up because … Continue reading Summer
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 of … Continue reading Getting a PhD. Is it worth it?
Out of the mouths of babes.... The other day, I was talking to my nephew, who had just finished his first year of college. We were just talking about his experiences so far, whether he liked being in school, his friends, and his future. As we talked about his future plans, all of a sudden … Continue reading Youth
So today is my last day of spring vacation. I can't really say that I took the time to relax, but I did have fun traveling all over Honshu. Tomorrow, I am officially back teaching. Wah, wah. During the break, though, I had a couple of messages from work. I got an email from head … Continue reading Off and On Hours
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 time … Continue reading Working While on Vacation
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 staff … Continue reading Being Valued at Work
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 not … Continue reading On Work and Disasters