Christmas and New Years...well...Western New Years anyway
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I know I havenâ€™t posted a blog in a long time, so here goes with the updates. Well, in the last blog I told you about my first trip to IKEA. Well, I've since had trip #2. I found this monstor poster of Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany's and was so tempted by it, but I resisted. I did, however, buy a few photo frames and pictures to go in them. From there, it was my first trip to Lady Street to look at flowers for the classrooms (where I got a nice headache...Daniel wanted flowers...). I saw fish and almost bought one too...
Since then thereâ€™s been two Christmas parties, a New Yearâ€™s party, some roommate drama, a lot of fun and a lot of movies in between. Iâ€™ll start with the Christmas parties since Iâ€™m trying to go in chronological order. I came in one Wednesday to be asked what my favorite restaurant wasâ€¦ not that Iâ€™d been to enough to really have a favorite other than Papa Johnâ€™s.
Somehow I got myself into being a bigger part of the school party than I wanted, but I was up for it. So me and Emily worked on activities, awards and prizes. So on top of teaching an extra day because someone was sick, I was in charge of running around for prizes, awards, and my own exchange gift. It got doneâ€¦the day of the party.
Anyway, Tuesday was Christmas day. I got up, got dressed and got picked up. Daniel picked me up from the apartmentâ€™s front gate and we drove to the school to meet Jenny.
Oh, I donâ€™t think I told you this- but I got my hair chopped, so headbands are pretty important.
Anyway, after Soshow, we went our separate ways to get ready for the Christmas party that his girlfriend was throwing at a Thai restaurant. Yeah, I was going out for Thai and Tex-Mex to celebrate Christmasâ€¦ It was a good party, plenty of music, plenty of food and people. Afterwards, some of us headed to a bar called Shooters (guess what theyâ€™re specialty isâ€¦). Anyway, cheap shots with a low alcohol content. Then we went our separate ways.
Wednesday saw me up and out early since I had last minute things to take care of for the school Christmas party, and I still had 2 classes to prepare for. I got Music Club that day, which wasnâ€™t a problem since I just did a class on Classic Rock. Imagine that- getting paid to listen to Hendrix, Pink Floyd and The Who. The best part- Led Zepplinâ€™s Stairway to Heaven.
Well, after that class was over, Emily and I headed to the restaurant early to start setting up and getting ready for everyone. We got ready in time, as Brad was the next to appear, then everyone else. A good time was had by all, and plenty of food too. I just have to tell you about the five awards we gave out because Iâ€™m pretty proud of them. Now, two I picked up from a website but thought that they were so cool. They are-
The Sweetest Thing- for the sweetest person
Cheer Bear Award- always smiling and cheerful
Drinking the Water in Mexico Leadership Award- fearlessly faces challenges as the biggest risk taker
Kool and the Gang Teamwork Award- for the person who has demonstrated excellence in group work
The Whatâ€™s Your Address Again? Award- given to someone who â€ślivesâ€ť at the office
And even though I was vote counter and therefore ineligible to win any of these, I still got nominated for The Sweetest Thing, Kool and the Gang, and the Whatâ€™s Your Address Again? awards.
The holiday after that was New Yearâ€™s and it was a good party. We went to
So after dinner, we headed to Sanlitun find a bar to ring in the New Year. We were going to go Shooters, but it was crowded, so we went to a place called Pure Girl. It was still good, plenty of shots and fun, except for this weird and extremely drunk guy that wouldnâ€™t leave us alone. He hit both me and Claire (an Aussie friend of a studentâ€™s) on the head and bothered our favorite mild-mannered Brit Jan enough to almost start a fight.
So yeah, Iâ€™ve watched plenty of movies since my arrival in
And yes, Iâ€™m keeping a list of the movies Iâ€™ve seen since coming to