Category Archives: gifts

Watching the Panic

With my shopping done, and, in fact, most of the gifts already opened by my family and loved ones, my mission to find the last stocking stuffer was a pretty simple one. My mother loves Japanese Milky candies and the … Continue reading

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Christmas Three Days Early

Owing to a typical family situation, it isn’t possible for everyone to gather in one place on Christmas day. Families have branches and extensions and some broken branches.  The world is a hectic place and traffic has only gotten worse. … Continue reading

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Thanks for Nothing Amazon

I got an email today telling me that a package I ordered from Amazon is being refunded. I don’t blame Amazon for this.  Based on the tracking, this is a Canada Post matter. However, I do find it frustrating that … Continue reading

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Kinder Redemption

Long time readers to this blog might know that I have a particular disdain for Kinder Surprise eggs. The story is a good one and you should probably read it first before continuing with this blog.  Please click here. So, … Continue reading

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No Excuses

I have explained before that students sometimes give me gifts. I certainly don’t expect them and I hope I have responded well to them.  I certainly appreciate them and I appreciate that I have made an impression on a student … Continue reading

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Thursday with Friends

I am a little behind in my blogging, but rather than inundate you with incredibly long posts, I will just have to slowly catch up.  I might be a few days behind for a while. I start with Thursday’s Perfect Moment. … Continue reading

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Friday’s Two Perfect Moments

There were Two Perfect Moments on Friday. The first is that I was given a book by a departing student.  That alone should be considered Today’s Perfect Moment.  However, what was really surprising is that instead of getting someone’s favourite … Continue reading

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Goodbyes

I’ve grown a pretty thick skin over the years of watching students say goodbye to me and to one another. It isn’t coldness, but rather a kind of acceptance.  I like my students while they are here, but I know … Continue reading

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Wrapping

I don’t know what it is with me and wrapping presents. It isn’t a terrible activity, but it certainly isn’t one I relish.  In fact, I usually procrastinate it down to the day of, if not the hour before I … Continue reading

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What Does This Mean?

I cannot say with absolute certainty that the kitchen (dining area/kitchenette) of an ESL school is any different than the equivalent room in any other office space. There are lots of objects that are common to both.  I am sure … Continue reading

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