Catching up

I have way too much catching up to do here. So I'm just going to start.

  • Teaching is freaking hard. So much harder than I thought it would be. The first month, I had frequent moments of panic. I cried at work for six days straight. Everything just felt too overwhelming — the class management, the learning curve, working 18 hours a day. But it's gotten better. I really love my students. And my really tough class is now pretty darn well-behaved.
  • We love our apartment! We lived out of our suitcases (and slept on a mattress on the floor) for the first month before our shipment came in. But now, two months in, we feel pretty settled. Biggest apartment perks — giant living spaces with high ceilings. And we love being on the 7th floor (earthquakes notwithstanding).
  • Taiwan is beautiful. One of the best parts about moving back is having a second chance to appreciate the beauty here. Paul's been on many small excursions to various hiking trails and waterfalls around the area (he takes off when I'm at school). And despite all my work, we've managed to take a couple of day trips out to the coast.
  • I can't lie and say I haven't had moments of panic — sometimes I still can't believe we left our old lives behind. I miss my job, my friends, our church, our house. It's weird to be a teacher and not a journalist. The first time and only time I listened to NPR since we've moved I burst into tears of homesickness.
  • But we like it here. It's an adventure, for sure.