Well after spending all #*&$@ day calling hotels in Taipei to book rooms for my family's upcoming visit I discovered that I do, indeed speak Chinese with a foreign accent...what kind? Well one person asked me for my Singapore number, and another started speaking what I can only guess was Japanese to me! Finally I said "English, English!" It feels good to be able to do things like reserve hotels in Chinese. Though it might have been A LOT easier to get someone (like a travel agent) to do it for me.
Other interesting updates include: I've started doing some proofreading in addition to my teaching duties, which is a nice change, and gives me a chance to do something productive on days like today when I have no classes. Sometimes really productive lol... they sent me 3 files today which fortunately I started working on even though the due date they gave me was Jan 10. At about 4:00 they called and asked if I could be done for tomorrow because of some kind of emergency. At that time I'd already finished 2 so it wasn't a problem. So there you go MOM... i DON'T leave everything to the last minute! :P Maybe it had something to do with the fact that we were talking about the Parable of the faithful/unfaithful servant (Matt 24) and how we need to do our duties because we don't know when the master's coming back in my Bible class last night!
I won't be teaching at the school I don't like (though it did improve this year) next semester. Partially because of said proofreading duties, partially, i think because it just wasn't working for either side. Well good luck to my co-worker who is taking on that school!
One week until surgery!