Thanks so much everyone 😄
Wow! Congratulations! Glad things are working out!
It just takes a long time to think up, plan, get materials, design activities. If I don't I just won't have enough to fill the time
Struggling already to find time to design assessments for students, let alone mark then
Hope for 4 hours sleep…
Big hugs and good luck.
Big hugs - you're in my thoughts
Hope you're getting some rest
Good to see you tho hope things improve on the work front. And there must be so much to adjust to. Nice about the gf though:)
Teaching is going better than expected mostly. Classes are about twice the size I was told. Subjects are mostly interesting though. I need to learn to better compress topics!
I am normally the first person to say 'What are you doing? Don't work when you're ill!' but it's lesson prep and these 3 days are my free time. If I don't, I'll have 18 hours of teaching this week with absolutely no content to teach = disaster.
Good to see a post - sure the class will be brilliant!
Hard to give support when we need rest and self-care. Hopefully you will be resourced after some downtime.
I know it's interesting and exciting and romantic, but right now I can't feel any of that, only what I'm losing. Feel like crying. I just wanted this week to last forever
I know how hard that is... and it will probably be that way after every vacation at home, but once you are there, you will probably have a good time... Starting in a new country is fun... :)
Definitely not easy sayig good bye to loved ones. Where are you off to?
I've been there too, John, and I also felt sadness (and, as Tuxi says, you may well feel that every time you 'leave' again). But hope you and the gf find it's all worth it - and better to realise now it's not all romance and excitement! Big hugs xx
Thanks everyone. It's good to have your encouragement! Just arrived in China so just need to stay awake long enough to reach my accommodation x
and immediately brother phoned wanting a family Skype with us all and his kids. I'm just so #tired and I can't see any likely let-up until about November. I think I'm not adapting too well to sharing living space again :( but at least that's temp.
Glad you're getting some time on your own. Your new life sounds exciting!
Thanks, I really needed it!
Still got to finish packing, poor away everything I'm not taking, write my courses that have no existing syllabus, while trying to make time for family and friends before I leave
Of course also trying to explore and strengthen relationship with gf while she is jetlagged and I'm overwhelmed so that's fun
Got my visa!
Completely wiped tbh #tired No downtime during the days! And going round unfamiliar places, travelling, sorting travel problems, getting room changed at hotel because her ground-floor window wouldn't shut..
Got to get used to spending a LOT more time with another person, and also physicality of non-long-distance. Hopefully it'll get easier quickly...
That sounds pretty tough. Hope
Aaaargh! Stupid fat fingers! Remember to look after yourself