… but not nearly hard enough. Money is dwindling but I’ve still got the unique college girl in me that can still manage to scrape up enough money to have fun regardless of financial crisis. I’ll eat the Ramen noodles if that means that I can drink Bud Light at the bar.
So tomorrow begins the first day as a para professional for CPS (Cinci Public Schools). I was hired last week and since then I have been sifting through a pile of paperwork: rules, guidelines, insurance info. I’ve gone through the booklets and handbooks and I am sure that there is not much else I can do to prepare myself for walking through the school’s entrance. Monday will be a very tough day and yet very exciting because everything will be so new. I will update in detail about the events of that day.
I’ve been very nostalgic lately about Korea. Now that I have completely reassimilated, I find myself missing a lot. In Korea, I faced a challenge every single day, whether it be comunicating with a taxi driver or visiting a shopping market. But here, there have been more than a few times when I have chosen laziness over recreation. I miss the days when I could walk everywhere if I wanted to and even if I felt lazy, I could always spend a buck on the subway to any destination with a bevy of fun options. But most days of unemployment in the U.S. were spent gourging on food in front of the boob tube and while I am certainly not proud of it, I know that I did it because I could. At first, I forced myself to put away my Korean memorabilia in order to make room for business casual clothes so that I could go on the job hunt, but after a while I had nothing around me to inspire. Fortunately, I’ve made myself more active in the last month by joining Boot Camp with my sister, a fun weekly aerobics-type class that gets me going and makes me feel better about the weight I’ve gained (yikes!) I’ve also been lifting some weights at Jason’s and he’s very motivating about me beginning to run in order to stay in shape. It’s been a tough journey these last three months, but they have also been the most fun: family, friends, Jason. My life is about to become more hectic and what I hope, most fulfilling.
The Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons are going to be very different from last year. Instead of assembling the foreigners from my English school or neighborhood for a quiet breakfast or dinner, I will have to be shuffling around from place to place in my car in order to poke my head in. There are still so many relatives who have not seen me since I have been home. I do feel awful that I have been so busy, but I know that there is still a lot of time to catch up.