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Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Calm Before the Storm

It's the calm before the storm!

 
I figured a picture of a Dubai sandstorm was appropriate! Source: http://mrsdubai.wordpress.com/
2011/10/12/sandstorm-in-dubai/

I can't believe how busy my weekends have been lately. I have had multiple events planned for the past 3 or 4 weekends, and more events planned for the next few weeks. This include musical rehearsals every Saturday, birthday parties for colleagues, picnics, a choir competition, another 10K race, etc. Now, however, my entire life is about to become one big, stressful situation!

The end of quarter 3 is fast approaching, which means REPORT CARDS and somewhat unfortunately, I have to write comments again. Almost all of my classes have their summative assignments next week (which equals marking!), and I have multiple concerts to attend, which takes up my entire evening. I am feeling more prepared and confident about this round of reports - I'm learning through the process each time.

Welcome to the life of a first-year teacher! :)

Fortunately, I have lots of exciting things to look forward to that will help me power through the next two weeks.

Hong Kong


First up: I'm going to HONG KONG for Spring Break! Spring Break is just under 2 weeks away, and I'm headed to visit my friend Hannah for 9 days. Hannah is also a first-year music teacher, and I can't wait to see her and explore a new country! I met Hannah while working at the International Music Camp a few years ago, and we actually attended the international job fair together!





I have had several friends and some family who have visited and/or lived in Hong Kong, and I've heard nothing but good things. I intend on doing lots of exploring, shopping, and being a complete tourist. I also intend to do some reading and catching up on blogging (anyone still interested in Egypt posts...? Haha!). I haven't even had a chance to properly plan this trip - and I don't think I will be able to until I get there!

Grease!


Right after Spring Break, our high school is putting on the musical "Grease". We have one week back after Spring Break and then shows! I'm quite involved with the musical, as I'm the "music director" and have been working with the soloists and chorus members to sound their best! Our school has a growing theatre and music program and Grease is quite a bit venture - here's hoping we'll pull it off!

 
The ladies of the Creative Arts department promoting Grease last Halloween!

Upcoming


There are so many other things I am looking forward to in the upcoming months - more concerts with my students, more Dubai experiences, more trips that are in the works (Jordan and Bahrain!), then an epic summer travelling through Europe with Hannah (again, we're going to plan that in Hong Kong), being back in CANADA, working at IMC for one week, attending weddings, and so much more.

I can't believe how quickly this year is going - I'm almost 3/4 of the way done my first-year of teaching! I'm sorry I haven't been updating this blog more, but I promise you that I have been enjoying this crazy adventure.