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Les photos

I’ve been doing a lot of Duolingo French lately, just for fun and for practice. I honestly miss taking classes and learning new things.

Anyway, I just wanted to share with you some photos from the past week (mainly weekend). Enjoy!

The sunrise early last week
The sunrise early last week

Having a balcony has been a great improvement in my lifestyle. Leisurely morning cups of coffee and phone conversations with my mum put me in a clam, centered place to begin the day.

Things like relaxing morning and the unexpectedness of the two photos below help me remember to keep sight of the little things in life:

The sandwiches may be fresh and hot . . . someone will have to let me know because I'm not brave enough to find out!
The sandwiches may be fresh and hot . . . someone will have to let me know because I’m not brave enough to find out!
Nothing like planning ahead - good work, Singapore. Worse comes to worse, you finish early and surprise everyone!
Nothing like planning ahead – good work, Singapore. Worse comes to worse, you finish early and surprise everyone!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Along with having a lovely visit with Mitch’s mum in Singapore, I spent some time exploring the Tanjong Pagar neighborhood, which is probably my favorite. It’s full of small businesses, coffee shops, cafes, restaurants, Korean bars, boutiques selling wedding attire, an amazing bookstore, and numerous asset managers.

Merci pour votre temps!

I wish I went to Hogwarts

As you might remember from being a student (or maybe you are a student), the school year goes in cycles. There are a couple weeks in which nothing is due and then a couple weeks in which everything is due. Newsflash: It works the same way for teachers. When I assign work for my students, I often forget that it all eventually rolls back to me, which is why my 26 seventh graders turned in projects on Monday, 76 ninth graders turned in essays yesterday, and 24 eleventh graders will turn in essays tomorrow. Oops. Being a teacher means that I take work home, and I take work home often. Mitch and I (Have you noticed that I’ve been using real names? Maybe it’s because I’m beginning to trust you, oh ye nameless, faceless other worldly beings readers.) argue about that fairly regularly, or at least every couple weeks when I do this to myself. Do teachers bring more work home than the average worker? I say yes, he says no. Regardless, I still want to be done with my essays, which brings me to an Exciting Event that happened today:

I ordered a new phone case a couple weeks ago and it finally came! Amazon told me that the estimated delivery time was March 19-April 4, and here we are on March 19. Magic. (Wait for it, magic is a theme here.) It came from Hong Kong, which was a surprise, but does explain why I ordered it February 23 and just got it, why the order was not trackable, and why it took so long. Definitely worth the wait, though.

Old phone case (hand-me-down from my mum embellished with a sticker from my large collection of stickers, which dwindles every time I assign essays):

Old Phone Case

New phone case (that truly expresses who I want to be when I grow up):

New Phone Case

It’s the little things in life, right? Not bad for $8 on Amazon. So, the moral of the story is that I really wish I went to Hogwarts. I’d love to be a witch when I grow up. Hermione and I could be best friends. (One of my students told me I looked like her when I chaperoned our Winter Formal last Saturday. I was delighted!) I have a thing for Dumbledore. Who doesn’t love eccentric older gentlemen? Castles have to do with history and therefore are awesome. I bought a pack of Bertie Bots Every Flavor Beans once and tried every flavor. Yes, one tasted like earwax. I have a Hogwarts hoodie. And a Gryffindor scarf. And now a Marauder’s Map phone case. When I need something far away I routinely think Accio! I’m a nerd. Or a wannabe. But I’m proud enough to own it.

Hopefully you still read/like my blog now that I’ve admitted all that.