Wednesday, February 24, 2010

First English Lesson and I am so glad the sun is out!

The day I had been anticipating has finally arrived.  I held my first English lesson here at my house.  I am not sure it went so well, though my student seemed happy when she left.  More than half way through I realized I was talking way too fast and moving too fast through the lesson for her.  I felt so bad!  I guess that will be the challenge, to know where my students are at and be able to speak to them so they understand me.  But she said she enjoyed her time so she will be coming back next week.  Tomorrow I will have another student over.  I have to pick her up at the train station so I am a little nervous about that, but it should be fine right?  I am excited that some of my plans are finally panning out.

On another note I have to say that my mood has lifted with the spring like weather that has arrived.  It is nearly 60 out and it feels like swim suit weather (not that I am about to put one on) after all this cold and yucky snow.  I really feel for all my friends on the East coast back in the states- at least we didn't have THAT kind of snow! 
There is just something about opening all of the windows and doors and letting all the stale winter air out.  Unfortunately it looks like rain by the weekend- boohoo.  But that will just make for a prettier spring- must look on the positive side! :)

Monday, February 22, 2010

Life gets in the Way!

Wow, I didn't realize I had taken so long to post!  I thought it had only been a week, but apparently it has been much longer!  I haven't even read anyone else's blogs recently- I usually keep up those at the least.
February has turned out to be quite a busy month for me.  Sister landed her first modeling job.  It was such an awesome experience for both of us.  She was supposed to have only 2 changes of outfits- they ended up doing 4 with her- I guess they really liked her.  She got to wear Christian Dior.  Christian Dior!  I don't think I will ever have that experience.  I can't wait for the magazine to come out in March.  It would be awesome if she makes the cover- but I am trying not to get my hopes up.  For all I know this will be her only modeling job- so we millked it for all its worth. :)  I will definitely post the pictures here once I get my paws on the magazine.

I am finally going to start teaching English.  My neighbor is moving and is handing over her students to me.  I am very excited!  I am starting with two of them this week.  I have met most of the students- they are all such sweet ladies- ranging from 20 to 50 years of age.  Of course now I have to do a super scrub on my house since most of the lessons will take place in my living room.  But that is a good thing for me.  Its called MOTIVATION.  And of course getting paid in cash- Yen- is a good thing.  The exchange rate is about 88 yen to the dollar- so getting paid in Yen is the way to go right now.

I did my first Compass presentation last week and I did alright!  Compass, if you aren't sure what it is, is a Navy Spouse Mentoring program.  We do classes for new spouses, though we tend to get a lot of "experienced" spouses as well. We had some really nice ladies in our class.  I was very nervous about presenting and was regretting signing up to do so.  But after it was over with, I was glad I did it.  Now I have a better idea of what to do next time.  I guess that is how things like that go?

Spring is in the air, though we have been getting some snow.  But I saw some plum tree blossoms yesterday- that gave me hope.  The plum blossoms are the first sign of spring around here.  The Cherry blossoms follow.  I am so excited for that!  I promise to post lots of pictures!!
I must go.  But I leave with a promise to not drop off the Earth like I did this last month.