November 28, 2008

11/28/08 Happy Thanksgiving

So far, I've only missed one family Thanksgiving in my whole life. Well, due to the wonderful world of technology, I didn't really miss Thanksgiving this year. Bright and early on Friday morning (Mongolia is 14 hours ahead of Kansas City) I turned on the computer and low and behold I was sitting at my brother Mike's table having Thanksgiving dinner with the whole clan.

It was so great to see everyone, especially all the family who came from out of town to be there. Definitely missed being there this year.

The rest of the week has been good. The semester is winding down and I think everyone is anxious to finish. And I'm already looking forward to next term. I've put together a proposal of things the English department can add and/or change. I hope it enhances what we're trying to do here. We'll see how much is approved. For example, because the Intermediate-2 class is officially graduated, I'm holding informal discussion sessions next week in order to test my new class called "16 Guidelines for a Happy Life" which is an ethics class used for English practice.

And finished the week off with another successful Movie Night at the Stupa Cafe. It was a 'chick flic' so the audience was mostly women. But our technical setup was infinitely better than the first showing two weeks ago and I'm sure we'll begin to get a good following for our English language films.