I had a birthday and nobody came

Well, maybe that’s a *little* melodramatic. My school forgot, until a coworker heard me mention it on my podcast. I still (six days later) haven’t heard from my TWIN sister. The rest of my brothers and sisters are off the hook, because I don’t know when most of their birthdays are. I know the MONTHS, okay. Don’t judge (unless you have 87 sibs and know all of their birthdays).

The twelve hour days ending up not commencing until tomorrow. I found out an hour *after* my first class was scheduled to begin last Monday. That was kind of my fault, though. Two members of the admin staff told me class was postponed (shortly after the first class was scheduled to begin). I simply assumed they were talking about the same class.

In order to celebrate my birthday and take advantage of the unexpected time, I’ve been buying myself presents with abandon. Okay, maybe not abandon, but a little extravagantly for The Year of Saving Money, which started in May and runs until I move back to the US next summer. It’s a big part of my Don’t Live Under a Bridge Plan.

I ordered 15-20 skeins of yarn from Elann (I can’t remember). What a bargain! It came out to $50 for the yarn (and $50 for the airmail) which is still cheaper than buying it here. I also won two eBay auctions from Mystical Creations Yarns.

How delicious are those? I could rub my face in the one on the left. Both skeins were less than $35 including airmail! It would have been insanity NOT to buy them at those prices.

So, my birthday shopping *could* have stopped there, but for my birthday resolution, I have decided to take math out of my Axis of Evil. So, I needed some books. A dozen (or so) is some, right? I’ve been doing math homework every night. It’s not as hard as I recalled. Of course, I think the book I’m using first is for middle school students who have gotten behind.

I had a mini-epiphany while I was writing progress reports last week. About half of my students got some comment along the lines of “would be capable rapid improvement, IF they committed to doing the necessary work.” I realized that the same could be said of me. So, here I am doing math homework my laziest, least capable student would laugh at. They do algebra in elementary school here. I also got myself a book of journals written by first graders, because that’s my level of Korean reading ability.

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