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Hello, folks! It's been a while since my last, so here I am with bits of journal to share with you - but first a question:

Poll #1875217 Embodiment Christmas Package Exchange.
This poll is closed.

Would you be interested in participating in a Christmas package exchange for Embodiment?

Yes
16(69.6%)
No
7(30.4%)


This is not a sign-up post - sign-ups and further details will come in November! I just wanted to see how many people would be interested in doing this. Poll will close in five days (November 1st). I'd really appreciate if you filled it out :)

Thanks! Now, on to the pages!



So let's start where I left off, at the end of my pink Habana... there have to be over fifty pictures behind this cut. Click if you dare!





So us ALTs do a self-introduction lesson for our first classes. I ended up keeping my diaries in my desk for about a month and lugging them to class to pass out. The whenever the kids got to this page, they asked me to read the names of the volcanoes... I failed miserably.



First day at new Elementary School #1





Trying to get a handle on things... I have got to grips much faster with my schools and students this year than I did last year. Being able to read their names now helps.



Fantasising about food...



Lesson planning for both my elementary schools... I keep running notes of my discussions with the teachers, so you'll see a lot of pages like this in this post!





Famous Japanese athletes. I had to pull together a presentation in one hour for a club I didn't know existed.



I had no classes noted down for this day and had hoped to get some stuff done.Turned out it was a sports day practice, outside, in the blazing sun... I didn't have a hat, and I'm not sure I took sunglasses to school that day, either. Not fun!!!



After the practice yesterday, the vice principal came round with these little medicinal-looking bottles - health drinks are all the rage here. I googled the one I was given and was told it contained nicotine. Luckily it was nicotinomide? All the healthy benefits of nicotine, without those addictive side effects!











Sports day, and attempted cartoon of one sensei sneaking up to me like a ninja, to tell me to separate my garbage.



Cute place card for our after-sports-day party.


Notes and kanji practice to round off this journal.




Inside cover of my "new" one. I keep a picture of my cat (...three years dead, but I at school I lie and say he's still alive :[), the feather is from my elementary school (I have no idea what for) and... yes, those are my vital statistics. I had a health check and the doctor said I need to lose weight :/



Breaking in the journal. This one's from Muji, and it was ridiculously cheap.








Copied the pool schedule from my last journal, still trying to get to grips with the damn thing!









Turns out the girl in elementary school with the English qualification is the daughter of one of the teachers I work with at my other elementary school XD





I was not told that the board of education were conducting inspections. Until after my class had been viewed :/ On the plus side, the only one that matters for me is the one I've already been warned about, which my "real" bosses - the staff who co-ordinate ALTS - are scheduled to come and watch. I have plenty of warning for that one, thank god!







Stream-of-consciousness stuff. "What's that lady drinking, and where can I get one?!"





Photos from summer!



October planner.



Getting sick.



Another surprise English Club!







It was only my second class with my Special Needs boys, and my last one was a self-intro - so just me talking. I didn't get any notes from the previous ALT, so I was still trying to suss them out, ability-wise, at this stage. Lovely kids, though <3



My cold hit just in time for International day. I looked and felt awful, and to be honest, I can't remember much of what I did.



I was, however, happy to receive new inks from the Goulet Pen Company. I couldn't sleep that night, ended up dwelling on relationships long past.



Note from one of my students. Most of the kids are determined that I should get together with the young, recently-transferred English teacher :/



Sometimes I worry that I suck at my job :(







Possibly the weirdest encounter with fifth graders, ever. Hilarious kids that I don't get to teach.



School sports tournaments mean classes are cancelled for the day and everyone can go off and support. At least, everyone but the poor third years!!! The past two tournaments - spring, and last year's autumn tournament - were both on cold, rainy days. Imagine my surprise when we had red hot sunshine... I came home with sunburn!











Womanly issues >_<









I've had a Monsters theme for my English club at one school. In the most recent class, I described monsters and had them draw them on the interactive whiteboard. I wish we had a better programme than paint, though :[





The kitten was found by my third year girls. We had "Cleaning Activities" in and around the school grounds/neighbourhood, and they found him all on his lonesome :(





We had a typhoon, endless rain. I ended up taking a taxi to work, and forgot my usual pen. Which I eventually found under my bed.









Pusheen <3

And in the back of the journal...



Bary-san (local mascot) post-it markers. With notes for an online scrabble game I was playing with my mother (I won.)



Ink tests.



Back cover.

Congratulations if you made it this far! I've been working on this post a good hour and a half now and almost gave up on the damn thing. I'll try not to leave it so long next time around!

Comments

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sirvinya
Oct. 28th, 2012 07:36 pm (UTC)
I always love seeing your journals! And do I spot another Ink Drop member?
arantia
Oct. 28th, 2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
You do indeed! Since June! I'd wanted to subscribe for ages but never got round to it - I'm glad I finally did!
ariestess
Oct. 29th, 2012 05:31 pm (UTC)
Out of curiosity, what would the exchange entail?
arantia
Oct. 29th, 2012 08:52 pm (UTC)
Embodiment's had package exchanges before (albeit years ago!), so I'll use that format. Usually there's a guideline price - say, between $10 and $20, as shipping also has to be accounted for - but this is up for discussion once you're paired up.

There'll be a sign-up post where you comment with your (nick)name, country, and preferences (whether you mind shipping internationally or not, what method of contact is best for you [LJ message, email...]). Sign-ups run for one week, after which partner pairings will be posted with the criteria taken into consideration. After that, it's up to the pairs to get in touch with each other. Another week is allotted for this, after which I'll post up a check-in poll to ensure everyone's got in touch. After this, it's very much between you and your partner - you can discuss likes and dislikes and so on when you get in touch with each other.

Basically, you put together a package for your partner and mail it out, and they do they same for you - and you get a nice surprise through the post! I'm afraid I don't know the international delivery deadlines for... well, any country yet, but I'd recommend they get sent out between December 1st and December 10th. There'll be a final poll for people to check in on.



...did sate your curiosity, my dear? :)
ariestess
Oct. 30th, 2012 04:53 pm (UTC)
Actually, yes, it did. I was thinking it was something like this, with journaling-type supplies/items sent along, but wanted to verify. Thank you! *goes to vote*
kinston
Oct. 30th, 2012 02:45 am (UTC)
I'm glad you didn't give up! Thanks for sharing all of these photos. I love the mandalas you draw. If you go to a site called Daisy Yellow, the lady that owns the site draws really great mandalas as well if you want some extra inspiration. :)

Interesting to see what comes of the Christmas exchange.
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