Monthly Archives: December 2019

Intentional Until the End!


#sol19- December 31, 2019

My one little word for 2019 was ‘intentional’ and it was just what I needed this year! For a change, I started talking and thinking about next year’s word earlier and I even compiled my previous words love, brave, change, joy, brave, challenge, and intention) and for the first time (duh!) realized that I have repeated brave!

Intention helped me to focus and prioritize and even pushed me to do a few things I might not have done (see the ukulele gathering dust in the corner of the living room, but also see that pictures are hung for the first time in more than five years). I finally had a complete physical (hello daily statin and vitamin D). I also worked hard to learn more about areas of interest (even beyond my teacher interests).

I ended the year intentionally by gathering my sons. We have not been together in at least 3 1/2 years and with son #2 almost finished law school and son #1 thinking about moving from S. Korea, I couldn’t be sure that we would all be able to make it happen in the near future. So #2 is here in South East Asia for his break and we flew to Hoi An, Vietnam so that we were a bit closer to son #1 who joined us for a day and a half. We ate well, had some clothing made, and enjoyed some together time. As they are now 26 and 28 I am grateful that we enjoy being together as adults. It is still strange to realize how time really does fly! I was happy to Skype my own parents on Christmas too!

Now on to the next challenge- choosing my word for 2020! This morning I had 37 words on my list- I may have it whittled down to 5 now, but hey, I have about 10 1/2 hours to go! I think I have it narrowed down to wholehearted, choose, fierce, play, and bold… I am (almost) ready for 2020. With moxie being a late entry!

Will Travel for Books!


#sol19- December 24, 2019


You may recall that I had few plans for this break. My last post (skipped last week, you will read why here) noted that sometimes not deciding is deciding and I was okay staying put. Well, that was true for the first afternoon (where I indulged in a celebratory 2 hour massage- so cheap here and so lovely). Saturday morning my body clock had me up bright and early and I decided to head out a mid-afternoon movie (Downton Abbey, yay!). But then I realized that maybe endless days of absolutely no plans would make me a bit restless and I REALLY needed to do some book shopping. 

There are some book stores here with English books, but I really wanted more choice. Thanks to Air Asia I knew I could even make Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur (the closest cities with more book choice) an easy day trip. Considering traffic and my local knowledge I opted for KL and alerted a friend (who insisted I extend my trip to two nights). A few texts later and it was sorted- a mid-week trip (sorry to those wonderful friends who made time to catch up in their last week of term) based around my need for books. I came away with 14 new books (and even trekked to IKEA to buy more book boxes). Seeing friends was a definite bonus, but I was clear about my book shopping focus. 

Yesterday (five days since my last bookstore visit, that’s good, right?) I made it to two book stores in Phnom Penh in search of a book for our upcoming unit that will focus on local history since independence, but sadly neither had it (and neither does the larger, farther away book store). Somehow I managed to pick up seven more books (and talked books with a student I ran into). I wish I had known about the book earlier, as later today my son arrives from the US and among other things he is bringing me another 15 or so books (hurray, our Mock Caldecott and Sibert Smackdown book piles will be complete!). I will have to be content borrowing the book from our school library. 

This is definitely one of the hard things about living away from a plethora of English bookstores- I want to buy allll the books! In the meantime, I will travel for books. Which reminds me- I better look online and see if we can visit a bookstore when we go to Hoi An later this week…

In the meantime I am spending lots of time over break reading- another way I love to travel!  

When Not Deciding Is Deciding (for now!)


#sol19- December 10, 2019

Eek! I have known for more than two months that my son arrives late night on December 24th, while my break starts at 12:30 December 13th. I entertained many ideas- considering (among other ideas) Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and more. I considered both beach and city- returning to a favorite place or trying something new. Time passed and I was no closer to a decision. What to do? The problem was I had no strong opinion. So, here we are- three days before break starts and I am not really any closer to a decision (although a few things have been ruled out by my procrastination- the tour group to Sri Lanka is now full). What I know is that I will at least stay in Phnom Penh through the weekend, then see if I am feeling restless. In the meantime, I am loading up my Kindle with lots of books from the two libraries I have cards to and making lists of things I will have time to do if I stay here. I am not feeling stressed about staying, nor panicked about not having definite plans, so all will be well- whatever I decide.

If you have ideas (not too far away) feel free to share, but for now, I am content to imaging lazy days near home.