A few recent things that I haven’t had an opportunity to post about:
-Father’s Day/The King’s birthday was yesterday. I got dressed up in my favorite outfit again to represent my school. It was really moving to see how much Thai people love the king, but my favorite moment of the night was seeing all the cute grandpas posing for pictures on stage together.
-Safari World! We took the kindergarten through third grade students to Safari World last week, an amusement park/zoo with lots of staged animal performances. The highlight was the Spy Show- Thai people are not afraid to use LOTS of VERY REAL FIRE in their performances. I was scared and impressed. I had a great time hanging out with the younger students who I don’t normally teach- can’t wait for the third graders to be in my class next year! The low point of the field trip was the karaoke bus. I will never understand karaoke buses.
-Thanksgiving! I celebrated Thanksgiving a week early in Bangkok with a large group of PCVs. I ate bagels and pizza and hamburgers, hugged lots of cute friends, and had a great time. I am planning to mostly pretend that Christmas doesn’t exist though because I’ll be in…
-Petchaburi! My co-teacher and I have been running around like crazy people training five of our middle school students to compete in an English skit competition. Our team won the district-wide competition and will be going to nationals during Christmas week. For regionals, we had THREE pick-up trucks full of handmade props and we are upgrading to include live farm animals at nationals. I will not lie; I made this face when they told me we were going to start practicing with live chickens:
That’s about it for now. Things I’m looking forward to: visiting Nong Andrew’s site for the first time this weekend, my Peace Corp boss coming to visit in a few weeks, spending New Years with my favorite folks, and the arrival of Group 126 in January! Yay.
Today, I am thankful for America and Thailand. I am thankful for pulled pork sandwiches and papaya salad. I am thankful for great friends, a cute boyfran, and an amazing family. I am thankful for my super trusty bike and all the surprising creatures that live in my house. I am thankful for the cute (and SMART!) kids in my life and all my crazy neighbors who look out for me. 2013: You’ve been pretty great.
Please go eat a triple serving of stuffing for me. YUM.