wednesdays are the worst/best

Thursday, December 9, 2010

On Wednesdays, I teach at a different school than usual. It's much harder than my ''Tuesday/Thursday school''. The kids at my Wednesday school have absolutely no respect for me and come from a completely different background. It is really rough and, though I really love these students and want the best for them, I can't help but waking up each Wednesday with a little bit of dread. (Sometimes I hesitate before posting comments like this out of fear that my students would somehow see it. But I would feel no regret if my students saw this post...in fact, it might be a little helpful for them to realize that there are consequences to their careless actions).

After school on Wednesdays, however, is a different story. Andy, Gemma, Emily and I all meet at a coffee shop and work on lesson plants, talk, watch videos on Hulu or Youtube (something that our home internet is too slow for), etc. After we've done all the internetting that we can do, we cross the street and eat pizza at Bogart's (where we celebrated my birthday in September...the place with a Confederate flag waving on the roof and pictures of Humphrey Bogart inside. We're kind of confused about both, really).

Last night, we branched out and ate elsewhere (per mine and Andy's request). This new restaurant is quickly becoming a favorite of mine and last night, I ate the best meal I've eaten in a long time: carrot curry soup (with extra pepper -- always extra pepper). Oh my word.

Andy and I returned to the coffee shop yet again to get dessert -- a piece of blueberry cheesecake, which was not the best thing I've eaten in a long time. There are some things Germans don't know how to do. I guess that making cheesecake is one of those things.

I'm kind of obsessed with budgeting my money (seriously, I think my dad created somewhat of a monster) and I really only allow for 1 'eating out meal' during the week. Sometimes, I get a little scared by how much I enjoy sticking to a budget. Sometimes I also get a little scared by how much things like pfands (returning bottles for money) excite me. The other day, for instance, I was on my way to do some tutoring and I saw a water bottle in a trashcan. I stopped, did a double-take and then said to myself, ''That's 25 cents!'' and picked it up and cashed it in at the nearest grocery store. Somewhere along the way from point A (pulling a used water bottle out of the trash can) to point B (taking said used water bottle to the grocery store), I said to myself, ''Oh no. What have I become?''. But then I got my 25 cents and I didn't care so much anymore. 25 cents here and there adds up, you know....25 cents is half a liter of milk!

Oh, what a glamorous and exciting life I lead.

21 comments:

Krystal said...

oh my gosh, mark would love you. he LOVES our budget and is the thriftiest person I know. Me...not so much. I would love to love it though?

AbbieBabble said...

That carrot soup sounds aMAZing. I totally get what you mean about dreading school sometimes- when I was teaching, there was one school that I HATED going to, for a lot of the same reasons (though my kids were only four, so the challenges were a bit different!)

jackiek said...

hi! i just found your blog and it's so cute! i love that you are living in germany right now- one of my dreams is to live abroad so i think it's really exciting that you are doing that. i can't wait to keep reading your blog! i'm a new follower:)

xo
jackie
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Debby said...

That soup looks yummy. I need to go on more of a budget. xo

Tanya (a Taste of T) said...

I wish I had a budgeting problem :). Sounds like a rough but hopefully rewarding gig and if it sometimes includes pizza or carrot soup, sounds worth it :).

Brooke said...

that is so great that you do that!! It'll make your life a lot less stressful i bet! and you look cute in that picture :)

Sara Bentley @ Purses Pastries Etc... said...

I think teaching is one of the hardest jobs a person can do and I greatly admire anyone who masters the technique of being a good teacher! :)
That soup does look good!

bonjourbohemian said...

Hey I just stumbled upon your blog - so cool to read what people think about 'my' country. But (!) you've never eaten my Mum's cheesecake..she can ;)

- I'll come back again! Min.

Jenni Austria Germany said...

i would be up for trying more cheesecake in attempts to disprove that theory. :)

elsie said...

you have such a lovely blog!! such unique style!! great work!!

xoxo

little t said...

I love these little routines that get you through the tougher days.

bonjourbohemian said...

Yes, I'll follow and keep telling you stuff about us Germans ;) So, if you need some information - just ask!
I would definitely send you a piece of cheesecake, but as I'm not living at home anymore, it'd be quite difficult to get her send out cake per post, haha!

Lauren said...
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Lauren said...

I'm not a fan of curry, but that soup sounds delicious!

And you are puuuurdy :)

ashley said...

being good at budgeting sounds oh so german to me! and surely living here is not going to make you care any less about money. but germany has surely taught me to budget and for that I thank this very frugal country.

Jan said...

Way to go being on your budget. We've taught you well!!! Or did you just learn it from us by observing!!!

vintch said...

love your pretty blog! i'm an excited new follower:) and good for you saving that money and sticking to a budget! you sound like such a smart girl with a great head on your shoulders:) looking forward to reading more of your posts!

iUnderEye said...

You definitely need to keep trying with the teaching, you probably dont see it now, but you probably are making such a big difference to the majority of the kid, and it is the minority of the kids that make your life a living hell.

Your doing a great job. x

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Taj Acosta said...

carrot curry!!! yumm I need to try this right away! sounds delish ;) And it's a good trait to be frugal! xo

Chelsea Elizabeth. said...

I've always admired people who become teachers, it seems like it would be such a tough job., Ecspecially with disrespectful students. That carrot curry looks so so yummy!!
Haha. I am the worst saver of money, EVER. I wish I could save money easily! I never have any saved at all.

<3Chelsea Elizabeth

Susana said...

Hey! Thanks for dropping by my blog!!! I love yours and I'll follow you from now on!!

Hugs from Spain!

Susana.
www.vuelo-directo.blogspot.com