More Coronavirus Woes: Lessons I’m Learning

I’m struggling to keep balance. Things are happening at a rate that I can’t keep up. But I’m attempting to keep a level head with all the panic happening around me. The best way to do this is to list what I can learn from this experience: Having multiple sources of income is important I’ve lost two weeks of work. On Friday, around 6pm the … Continue reading More Coronavirus Woes: Lessons I’m Learning

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 knows that preparation is key when you’re in the teaching field. … Continue 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 tired of the conversation. We’ve had this discussion so many times. … Continue reading Hanging On

Starting From Scratch

I am still reeling from the shock of it all. Two years of work. Gone. It’s my fault, really. I am the first to admit it. In a fit of spite, I undid all the work that I had painstakingly and lovingly built from the ground up. I run another blog, which is dedicated solely to my life in Hokkaido, Japan. I started that blog … Continue reading Starting From Scratch

Summer

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 working part-time, I already have a lot of free time. … Continue reading Summer

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 of PhD programs. I started with online programs offered by academically … Continue reading Getting a PhD. Is it worth it?

Youth

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 he starts talking about investing and opening up a 401k … Continue reading Youth

Off and On Hours

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 office that outlined my schedule for the year. I will … Continue reading Off and On Hours

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 time I had a long break away from work. Last time, … Continue reading Working While on Vacation