So… what do you do everyday… part tlata (3)

I haven’t done an update like this in awhile so I thought one was due….

For our first summer, we had four English classes a week, levels 1 and 2… which was WAY more than most people have in their sites so we considered ourselves pretty lucky (or at least I did, have I mentioned that Tyler doesn’t prefer to teach English?)

Then last fall we were able to add a level 3 class. That is also when I started going to my women’s workout class and we started going to the ACCESS program. We had a party for our students and then gave ourselves a little break in December.

In the Spring, we were the busiest we have ever been! We had four levels of English class going-including 3 sessions of Level 1. I had an extra beginner English class just for women. And we were also teaching an intermediate class at the fishing school here in Larache (which crazily enough is funded by the Japanese government). It was a pretty crazy time! Then summer arrived and well, we didn’t really have much. I had yoga and my exercise class, then we did a summer camp but that was about it.

Now we are back to teaching, we have four levels again but only one of each class as we are trying to focus on doing other things. English classes are in such high demand though- it really is difficult to say no.

But, even with what might be a lot* to do… we still have a TON* of free time. This is also a cultural aspect that we have had to adjust to… there is a large emphasis on spending time* with other people, building relationships and just going with the flow.

I have recently had a revelation on our time here… I have been complaining a lot about how we don’t have much time left…. and I just want to go home already…. blah blah blah… ain’t nobody got time for that, ESPECIALLY* Tyler who has  so many things to do, things are coming out his eye-balls!!!! So* I sat myself down and attempted to figure out what was behind my grumpy Gus-ness.
In all of that… I found this…

It came to me that, Peace Corps may be boring… or I may be restless and feel overwhelmed with the idea of so much time and then even more overwhelmed at the idea of how hard it will be to transition back- BUT* that I am supposed to be where I am or at the very least…. I should appreciate being where I am. I may not know the reason… it may not even really matter but that Peace Corps time is special. 1) Because when have I EVER* had this much time on my hands…to do only* what I want to do- WHATEVER I want to do… learn to knit- OKAY! make homemade pasta- OKAY! talk to a friend from home- OKAY!!! Watch an entire tv series all day- OKAY! spend every day, all day with Tyler- OKAY! and 2) When will I ever have this much time again? Who knows- maybe not until I am 85 years of age! I should* appreciate these moments, no matter how hard it is. And definitely… appreciate the next six months.

I have been okay* in the reading books department, but I have been much* better in the watching tv department! I feel like it is truly* an education watching all of these shows… what is better than being able to spend time with flawed, rich characters?!

Here are the shows that I have watched entirely, am currently watching and/or will watch soon!

Friends

Gilmore Girls

The Mindy Project

Downtown Abbey

The Blacklist

Glee

Game of Thrones

True Blood

The Newsroom

Parenthood

Pretty Little Liars

Mom

New Girl

Girls

West Wing

Boy Meets World

Growing Pains

Dawson’s Creek

Ally McBeal

One Tree Hill

Trophy Wife

House of Cards

Boston Legal

Orange is the New Black

Seinfeld

It is super easy to keep track of everything with Sidereel.com!!!

Pretty soon, this free time will be much needed for the job/internship search. And overall, it has been one of the most difficult things to adjust to- what would you* want to do with all of your free time? What if you only worked 15-20 hours per week? What if you had A LOT* of time to do whatever you wanted to do?

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Ode to the Library…..

The humid summers of my childhood seemed to go on forever …. obviously, I was busy making plans, painting my nails and calling all of my friends. Every now and then, I would walk into the air conditioned palace of the Mishawaka-Penn Public Library. The library offered adventures that were beyond my normal dreams….. to suburban Connecticut with the Stacey, Dawn, Claudia, Mary-Anne and Kristy…to the one room house on the prairie with Laura…. on the search for a ghost with a hotel manager named Baltimore Cleveland…. suspenseful adventures that elicited Goosebumps…. tales from the 1930’s version of Mississippi …… and the craziness from a fellow namesake!!! These stories filled my need for adventure outside of the very important summer schedule of a 5th, soon to be 6th grader.

Here I am, more than a decade later, reminiscing about summers gone by, about friends and family as I see friends’ Facebook posts about vacations, happy hours and the like. As I bask in the glory of not having any of those luxuries, I realize, once again, that my old pal the library will provide me with as many adventures as I desire!!!

Yes, that’s right! I am a proud member of Arlington Public Library- you may ask, what does that do for me across the great sea? I will tell you- it provides me with the technology of ebooks and audiobooks!!!!!!! This past year I have had tea with the estranged widow of Charles Dickens, been terrified for all 12 books with the girls of Rosewood, eavesdropped on a torrid affair with none other than the late John F. Kennedy,  spent time with Ron Reagan as he reminisces about ole’ Ronald and even attempted some time with a lively gal named Ayn Rand (obviously, not all of these books, I would recommend). With technology at my side, I have grown and learned as I did through my childhood! It is especially interesting receiving more blatant and confused stares when I pull out a book to read while waiting for a taxi or at the post office here in Morocco. Reading is not a common hobby here, so I often look up to see an older women giving me the stink eye or little child gazing at me as though I am a museum piece. Although, I would not argue with a statue of myself reading – IF it were to promote literacy (would anyone ever really say no to a statue of themselves?) . I digress.

Never will I grimace at paying taxes for my lovely friend, the library! Never slight a place that promotes community literacy and best of all- good people watching. I once sat next to a man that proudly donned his birthday suit under his tattered trench coat! We have grown up together and although I miss the book sales and mysterious smell of borrowed books (you never quite know where they have been)… I will gladly accept a new and bright friendship from afar.

So people… get out there and enjoy the fresh air, summer heat, refreshing drinks and delicious grilled food! But don’t feel sorry for me! Oh no! Know that I am also in the sweltering heat, but basking in the humorous tales of David Sedaris, Bill Bryson and Ellen Degeneres.