Ah, still no comments. Well, the cool thing with that is that I can post inflammatory material and no one will call me on it. Heh.
Well, the first things is that we had our independence day yesterday and the celebration for it the day before. After the celebration though, all the electricity cut out for the night and this morning there was none too. (I hope it's working now because my frost bitten freezer is going to flood the whole fridge if it's not.) Anyway, so I worked a bit today (it being the first day of school) and then went here. And what did I read but the new issue of Newsweek. You know, the one about the blackout? I think it's funny that Tashkent (the biggest city in Central Asia) loses all power to half the city on and off for going on 3 days now and no one even thinks anything of it except thanking whatever power that they had candles, and when New York loses power, the world ceases to exist. Newsweek was calling it "The Great Blackout of 2003" like it was this catastrophic event. I know a person who's region didn't have potable water for 8 years. That's a catastrophe. Woah, I did say it was soapbox time, huh?
In a way, I think it's funny. David and I used to joke (which really means I teased him) about him being a computer-person-major and that he would have no job if the power went out. He would always counter that it could never happen. Ha ha ha.
Anyway, getting on to things that David won't gripe about in an email - the first day of school was today. It was anticlimatic: an interesting ceremony and then the director told me there were no classes so I could go home. Which I didn't want to do since I had no electricity. Tomorrow apparently we will talk about the time table, but really teaching isn't even a serious thing until October, if it is here at all really. It's so chaotic that I won't even know until tomorrow who or what I'm teaching, if it's tomorrow at all. But I hope I get to teach about the UK and America, because I have some great materials now from my mom coming and the London trip (all those free brochures! Yum!) so I'm a little psyched. Anyway, it'll be nice, and I hopefully will get to do cool stuff with the teachers.
So I'm back from London, trying to get things done. I had no food in my refrigerator so I had to pop open one of the precious cheese packets my mom gave me for mac and cheese, but luckily I got veggies last night and perfected one of my spaghetti sauce recipies so it was really good... I really like the vegetables here…
London was a blast. I didn't realize how much I needed a vacation away from this place until I was away. It was nice having running water you can rely on and streets that don't contain unmarked, open manholes. I did quite a bit of shopping and bought some pants and a couple of sweaters that I look damn good in, as well as a shirt from the once-a-year Notting Hill Carnival that I also look good in! All in all it was a good city. Definitely had its ups and downs, but it was like all the things I love about Tashkent with all the stuff I love about Phoenix too. I'm definitely a city girl. I am thinking pretty hard about going to grad school there now. If I could get either financial aid or a job while I go to school there, I'll totally jump on that.
School is starting in two days and I haven't lesson planned at all. I really suck. So instead of doing the million things I should be doing, like lesson planning, I bought 2 CDs (Shania Twain and Panjabi MC) and am blogging. You know I often wonder about my teachers when I was a student. Did they slack off this much? But then conversely, they probaby didn't have to work like this either, what with having a steady textbook and a teacher's manual and all.
song: panjabi mc - jogi
book: elizabeth berg - range of motion
(no time to surf!)