I’m a very busy bee!
You’re probably wondering where I’ve been for the last couple of months? Had you just assumed I had given up on my site? Had I disappeared somewhere deep and dark in China?
The truth is, I’ve been darn busy. Not just your normal run of the mill busy, but really busy.
One of the things we’ve had to deal with at work has been a huge teacher shortage. With an unprecedented number of teachers deciding to leave at the one time (that’s another issue) it’s meant that I’ve been forced out of my nice, new, cosy office and back into the classroom full time. That doesn’t mean all my administration work disappears, oh no, it meant that I had to find other times to complete them, usually early in the morning, or late at night stuck in the office.
It’s been draining and thoroughly exhausting.
Thankfully we have new teachers and from this weekend I’ll be only in the classroom once, for my regular Sunday morning class. I couldn’t be happier as I can catch up and focus my attention on other areas of my job that have been neglected badly for the past 5 or 6 months.
July also represents the start of summer academy. This means additional classes on weekday morning and only 1 day off a week. The bonus being regular weekday classes are cancelled this week and next, and then 2 Saturdays and 2 Sundays over the next 4 weeks. I think it’s a fairly good compromise and a 6 week summer academy sure beats the 8 week ones I’m used to.
For all you long time readers, and there’s a few who I hope still check in on me once and a while, you may remember my old mate and flatmate Mike, whom I worked and lived with in Korea when I first went over. The exciting news is that he’s coming to Beijing to work next week. It’ll be awesome to be able to work with him again, because he’s such a great teacher and I know he’s going to fit in very well.
It’s also fantastic to know I’ll actually have a mate here in Beijing that I can speak ‘Aussie’ with and that will actually understand me (the other Aussie left his school last week, leaving me the only one).
Other than that, it’s been a busy last few days, but things are getting settled again and life can start resuming as per normal. The wedding plans are going along well, but still a lot needs to be done. Poor Em has had to carry most of the work herself, with me being unable to converse in Chinese regarding wedding plans. I have no doubt that it’ll all come together, and with the extra time I’ll have available, I’ll try help Em out a little more than I have been.
I also hope to be a little more ‘here’. But no promises.