Apr. 21st, 2017 06:09 pm
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[personal profile] princessofburundi
It's only 6 p.m. but I'm just about ready for sleep. If I nap now there will be no sleep tonight, so I'm working hard on staying awake.

Yesterday I went over to a young friend's place. She has a 10-week old baby boy to whom I am an unofficial auntie, and I love that little boy so much. He is so cute and warm and sweet. M. started inviting me over when her little one was three days old; I was really struggling with depression around the time he was born and she thought snuggling her little baby might help me feel better. It did. I go over every week, and I enjoy both her company and cuddling Mr. Adorable. I think the thing that helps me most about it is that M. often goes out while I'm there to have a bit of a break from the baby, and I realize how much she must trust me to leave me with both her young boy and her apartment. That trust gives me a real boost of self-esteem.

Most Fridays I meet my mum for coffee at the local shopping mall; I did so today. I don't go over to her place much as my dad has become such difficult company and it's impossible to have a conversation with my mum when he's around. My dad's an amputee, and although he can do a fair bit for himself he much prefers being waited on, and he's utterly rude to those people who are helping him. Never a word of thanks. My mum likes the opportunity to get away from him, and I get that. It's always nice to meet up with her; I look forward to it.

I think I'm going to try to qualify to teach English as a Second Language. I'm not sure yet, but it does seem like a good idea. I think I am probably too old to teach overseas, but I could teach it locally to immigrants, or I could teach it online; I've noticed a lot of postings for online ESL teaching. It would allow me to support myself, and to feel more independent, plus I think I'd really like the work. I have a BA and an MA in English, so I have a good background for the job. At the same time I think I will brush up on my Spanish speaking - most of it has disappeared - and see if that helps me work with immigrants from Spanish-speaking countries. There are a lot of immigrants in Canada from Central and South America. Anyway, this is just something I'm thinking about, but the more I think about it the more I like the idea.

Date: 2017-04-21 11:31 pm (UTC)
kristy: Cat Pumpkin (Grey flowers)
From: [personal profile] kristy
I'm glad you had a nice time with your mom. I know how it is when some people don't appreciate being helped.

Happy weekend!

Date: 2017-04-22 02:35 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] 8hyenas
I'm not sure how old you are, but I just want to say that you're probably not too old to teach overseas. I mean, you could be, but unlikely. I think young people are more likely to do so (no kids etc.) but that's not a requirement. Unless you feel too old to teach overseas. Which I do.

Date: 2017-04-22 05:39 am (UTC)
seraphina_snape: Parker from the TV show Leverage (Default)
From: [personal profile] seraphina_snape
Who says you're too old to teach overseas? As long as you have the qualifications, I don't see anything stopping you. Besides, adults who learn a new language (for whatever reason) might feel more comfortable with someone around their age or older rather than someone who's young enough to be their son/daughter. I know age isn't a marker of skill, but there's this misconception in society that if two people have the same job and one of them is twenty years older than the other, that the older person has more experience.

Date: 2017-04-22 11:38 am (UTC)
iddewes: (snufkin2)
From: [personal profile] iddewes
Aww I am glad the little guy makes you feel better. :) Good luck with the ESL. You can do a TOEFL course in 6 weeks, it should be easy enough for you. I did one and I have done some teaching but I really don't like it so I'm not doing that anymore. Just don't like doing lesson plans basically. I don't mind chatting to the students.

Date: 2017-04-22 04:00 pm (UTC)
wolfpack82: (Default)
From: [personal profile] wolfpack82
I remember when Ethan was younger, I used to just stare at him because he was so cute about the little things(like rolling over) and now he's just full of sass!
You're never too old to do something new...

Date: 2017-04-24 10:06 pm (UTC)
wolfpack82: (Default)
From: [personal profile] wolfpack82
Oh, I know the feeling all too well. I hate how sometimes it's just so easy with others, and then for the rest of us it's twice as hard.

Date: 2017-04-24 10:14 pm (UTC)
wolfpack82: (Default)
From: [personal profile] wolfpack82
Oh, yeah. I feel too cruddy to even work on my hobby & that it out of pure enjoyment. :(

Date: 2017-04-25 12:24 am (UTC)
wolfpack82: (Default)
From: [personal profile] wolfpack82
I'm a bookwhore as well, though I do read. I'm really into "snail mail". I love writing letters and responding to people through paper letters instead of e-mail. I also like to make stationary and do other related crafts. I can read, watch netflix right now, but just feel so bleh in general.

We're just going through a "rut" that's all. Hopefully, we'll get out of it soon.

Date: 2017-04-25 02:02 am (UTC)
wolfpack82: (Default)
From: [personal profile] wolfpack82
Hubby is a geek and he showed me how to make stationary on the computer along with a matching rnvelope. When I feel like making some, I'll share photos. You can also search for "free printable stationary" on google, too. I also have tons of washi tape and stickers if I want to write on just notebook paper.

He says the same thing too, when I get in these moods.


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