Archive for the ‘holiday season’ Category

Like last year’s Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s in Korea, this year’s holiday season made me feel a little (a lot) lonesome for family and friends, and a little (a lot) sentimental about the end of another year of my life. And just like last year, I did my best to make the most of […]


Happy 2010!


HAPPY HOLIDAYS! ANOTHER CHRISTMAS PASSES. ANOTHER NEW YEAR APPROACHES. AND, STILL, I’M FAR, FAR AWAY IN A FOREIGN LAND. BUT WALKING THE STREETS OF SUWON, REFLECTING ON ALL THAT’S RIGHT IN MY LIFE, I’M THINKING OF YOU. ALWAYS, ANN


Holiday messages from my students: A collection of the very best – the funniest, the sweetest and the otherwise most thoughtful – transcribed word for misspelled word … HI! Ann. Thanks for teaching me. I hope we can spend a lot of time together in the New Year. I wish you the best of luck. […]


MERRY CHRISTMAS! I MISS YOU ALL TERRIBLY, BUT AM HAPPY TO REPORT I’VE BEEN MAKING THE MOST OF THE HOLIDAY HERE IN KOREA. AND THOUGH I WISH I WERE AT HOME TO SPEND IT WITH YOU, I’M ALSO CONTENT IN KNOWING WE REMAIN AS CLOSE AS WE EVER WERE, DESPITE THE SIX THOUSAND MILES THAT […]


Only ONE day remains. And I couldn’t be more thrilled. Because in recent days I’ve come to realize: Just because I won’t be receiving all that many gifts this year doesn’t mean I can’t give them out. And, truly, though it sounds rather trite, the gratitude that’s offered in exchange is like a present in and […]


still counting

20Dec08

FIVE DAYS!!! Every time I look at the calendar I feel surprised all over again. With everyone around me seemingly oblivious to the upcoming holiday, I never remember how close it actually is. I asked my students how they celebrate Christmas. They said they don’t. So on Friday I taught my students the following: Where […]


Because I’m a hopeless news nerd, I subscribe to UW-Madison’s news releases and I actually read them. They really have no impact on my life here in Korea, but for some reason I like to know what’s going on at the school I no longer attend in the state I no longer live in. It […]


holiday cheer

18Dec08

In the name of holiday cheer, I’ve recently abandoned all serious lesson plans in favor of teaching all things Christmas. My first graders (seventh graders, in American terms) are learning popular Christmas carols. My second graders (eighth graders) are making holiday cards and decorations. And my third graders (ninth graders) are watching Christmas flicks. While all […]


10 days …

15Dec08

… until Christmas … HOLIDAY PLANS. X-mas Eve. Enjoy an overpriced Western-style meal in Itaewon with a few close friends. Drink copious volumes of red wine while watching classic Christmas movies. Fall asleep beneath a string of twinkling Christmas lights. X-mas Day. Scavenge for turkey, mashed potatoes and other holiday fixings. Head over to Yeongtong to […]