Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Feeling Hopeful

About a week ago I looked up the class schedules online for the upcoming year.  I noticed that it had my name listed as the 9th grade English teacher.  I figured it must be a mistake since I don't teach English!

Well of course it wasn't a mistake.  So I began to get all sorts of stressed out.  I explained to my director that I do NOT feel comfortable teaching English and that it would be bad for the kids if I did.  Didn't matter, it was my position.  Of course combining this news with the news that my residency file may have been tossed out by migracion and I may have to start all over again (another story for another day)- I was seeing red.

But after a few days I calmed down a bit and started to look up resources for teaching English.  I made a list of things I could start with, found a few books online the class could read, and joined an English teacher forum to ask for help.

Today was the first day back for the teachers and I met a lady who is supposedly the "English director".  Meaning she deals with all classes taught in English.  She was asking someone next to me who the English teachers were and I said "me, unfortunately" and explained why I didn't want to teach it.  She was very understanding and said she would sit down with me and figure things out.

After a long meeting that didn't accomplish anything (as usual) I went to talk to this lady again.  You see, I noticed on the list of teachers that one teacher was only teaching 1st and 2nd grade science.  And that was it.  So I proposed to the new English director that why not let this other teacher take 3rd grade off my plate (currently my load is 3rd-6th science, 7th-9th biology, and 9th English.  A LOT), and therefore I can have a little more time to prepare for English classes.  We talked for a bit and she seemed to think it was a good idea.

All the teachers went to lunch and afterwards the new English director lady tells me that she spoke to the school director and she thought it was a good idea to let this other teacher take 3rd grade as well.  She also said she would "take care" of the English part.  Which I don't know that that means that they'll find someone else to teach it, but she at least seems very ready to help me.

So, I'm feeling hopeful.  If nothing else I truly hope they take 3rd grade away from me.  It's just... too much.

My clase guia (homeroom) is my same kids from last year, so that makes me happy.  They're in 6th grade this year so I'll have to do the whole graduation thing for them.  It'll be nice, I'm glad I got to stay with them.

Also, I spoke with the guy who is now teaching physics and chemistry (quite psyched I don't have those classes as well!) who says the school will be buying lab equipment this year!  Which is great!  He told me to make a list of stuff and they'll get it.  I'm thinking-- hot plates, glass slides, slide covers, glass beakers, solutions, test tube holders, test tube brushes, a balance, dissection kits... so much!  He even says they'll buy a microscope! Hooray!

Yeah, this year is feeling good.  I really hope things work out for me class wise and then I can rock it out during the year.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Got married!

Hooray!  See I told you guys I was busy with *something*.

Oscar and I got married in a very small ceremony in Colorado.  I called it a "fake elopement" because although our immediate families knew, not the whole world did.  It was short and beautiful and great.  We also went skiing and Oscar did pretty well!  Had him bolting down blue squares by the end of day two.  I was highly impressed.

Now we're back in Costa Rica and I've been asked a few times- what is my new last name?  The answer is "the same one".  I'm not changing my last name.  Here's the reasons why:

1.  I think it's sexist and stupid.  Back in the day the woman changed her name to "belong" to her husband.  Total BS if you ask me.

2.  In the Hispanic tradition, no one changes their last name.  Then if there are children, they get both lasts names.  That's why many Hispanics have so many last names.  This was an awesome part since Oscar never expected me to change my name so name change was a complete non-issue.

3.  I am so sick of freaking bureaucratic paperwork I would rather drink 100 gallons of spoiled milk than willingly plunge myself into more paperwork.  Plus all my residency paperwork is under my current last name, if I changed my last name I would have to start all over again.  Not. happening.

So that's my quick update!  We're happy and married now!  Not that this was the reason for the nuptials  but I am hoping this will hurry along my residency a bit.  We'll see.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Oh how I have neglected you!


I promise it's because I'm somewhat busy doing other things.

But here we go-  Christmas was great.  We went to Oscar's aunt's house and had a lovely dinner.  I was feeling sick so I didn't get my full party on, but I had a good time anyways.  We watched some toros (as a reminder, here's my post on the toros from 2011.  The bulls are not slaughtered or killed) and enjoyed Oscar's little time off from work.

New Years came and we again went over to Oscar's aunt's house.  I started drinking way too much, way too early, which is the way NYE should be, right?  At midnight we all had to eat 12 grapes.  Where I'm from in the USA we always ate black eyed peas.  When I tried to explain black eyed peas to Oscar's family, no one had any idea what I was talking about.  So we ended up looking up a picture, and they still had no idea what they were.  Funny, I thought this was the land of beans!

Hanging out NYE

Anyways, so we ate our grapes and a few glasses of wine later I basically passed out on the couch.  Sometime later, Oscar scooped me up and we headed home.

A few days later Oscar's sister and her fiance invited us on a boat to Isla Tortuga!  So we went and had a great time.  We bought oysters from some oyster guy in a canoe.  He opened the oyster right there with his machete, chopped it up, added limon and onion, and served it up in the shell.  We got two different types from two different guys and I really liked the first guy's better.  He took out all the slimy parts and chopped it up real nice.  The second guy left it whole and when I tried to eat one I had to spit it out.  Too slimy!

Oscar underwater

Oyster guy!

The freshest ceviche ever!

And that about brings us up to date.  This Thursday Oscar and I will be heading to Colorado for a week of skiing and shenanigans.  It will be the first time Oscar ever sees snow!  So that will be exciting.  

For those of you who are interested, there's a direct flight from SJO to DEN!  It was a total score to find because all other flights had extremely long layovers (I'm talking like 18-24 hour layovers!).  In Denver we'll meet with my dad and his wife and they'll drive us to our final destination in Colorado.

I'm so excited I can barely stand it!!!