Archive for September, 2009

It’s been a bit

I’ve been busy, busy.  And I realized that I haven’t written in a number of days.  The worst part really is that while I’ve been busy the things I’ve been aren’t so interesting.  I mean I like doing them but there’s not so much to report on.

I guess that’s what happens when you start teaching full-time.  I wake up at 5:45 in the morning.  Sometimes I promise to call my MoM but sometimes I forget when it’s that early in the morning.  Most mornings I try to do some yoga.  That too is kind of hit or miss.  The worst part about 5:45 is that it’s so, so dark in the morning.  It stays darker longer every morning.  Luckily, I’ve got my coffee to keep me going (or maybe it’s better put I’ve got my coffee to get me going rather than keep me going).  Then, I walk the same strip of road from Billa to the American College two times a day–to and from.

Sometimes I think about things that might make interesting blog posts but usually by the time I’ve gotten to school or home from school I’ve decided that it’s some strange little musing and no one wants to read it.  Some ideas have included the line of cars in the morning at school, drivers who pay no attention to pedestrians, the weather, uneven streets and sidewalks (which I am beginning to think are the bane of my existence), old men and old women who are out and about, funny things I’ve seen in people’s shopping carts at Billa or the giant hole in the street that without fail made boys and men a like stop to look in it (yes, it was just a huge hole).  But if you’re a regular follower of my blog you know I didn’t write about these topics and frankly now that you’ve read some of my ideas you are probably very glad that I’ve chosen not to write about them.  That I’ve spared you. I am glad too actually.

The thing is school is great.  (more…)


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Sofia Dance Week

It’s the second year of Sofia Dance Week be hosted in, you guessed it, Sofia.  I am going with one of my teacher friends and her sister to see what promises to be a bold piece. The Sofia Dance Week website describes the piece this way: Érection. A man, lying on the stage, struggles to stand up on his feet in the course of 45 long, loaded with suspense minutes.

Sofia Dance Week: ÉRECTION

Sofia Dance Week: ÉRECTION

I am not sure what to think.  I’ve never been to a dance show like this before.  Mostly I am excited to see (and I think it’s safe to say experience) the piece.

There will be an update on this tomorrow!

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Me in Bulgarian

Аз съм Каролин.  Аз съм на 28 години и аз съм от америка. Моят роден град е корвалис.  Аз имам брат и сестра. Брат ми живее в сан франсиско с приятелка. Той е инженер.  той е на 25 години.  Систра ме живее във вашингтон.  Тя е студентка.  Моите чичо и леля жевеят в спокан.  Те нямат деца.  Аз живея в младост близо до била.  Аз съм учителка по английски.

Um, Bulgarian is really hard to type.  First, I have no idea where any of the letters are on the Cyrillic keyboard.  And second, sometimes when I think I am sounding things out in a way that makes sense to me it actually doesn’t work at all the way I think it should(for example, the “c”).  Oh well.

So the above I think took me 20+ minutes to type out.  And I had it written out already.  It’s 13 sentences long but that’s not really saying much.  Really it just means that I am trying really hard to use my Bulgarian.  (Oh and I. this post is for you. Thanks for being such a great tutor.  I really, really hope that I didn’t make any mistakes typing this.)

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First, thing first.

Happy Birthday dAd!

Also, thanks for being born in 1950–it makes it a lot easier for me to do the math and figure out that you’re 59 today.  Wosa.  59.  dAd, you realize that you’re a year away from 60 now (and that makes me a year-plus away from being 30)?!? Hope that you’re having a great day and that MoM’s chocolate birthday cake is delicious.

Anyhow, back to life in Sofia.  Somehow, it’s turned into a beautiful day in Sofia. I woke up and it was rather gray and I was wondering which one of my new sweaters I should wear.  Now the sun is out and there’s not a cloud in the sky.  It’s blue, blue, blue.  I couldn’t be happier.

I’ve been cleaning my apartment, I’ve washed some clothes, I am in the process of cleaning my bathroom and then I’ve got to mop my kitchen/dinning room/living room.  The floor is all tile which makes it easy as can be.  I guess that I’ll just hang out in my bedroom as the floor dries.

Really it’s been a great morning and it’s barely 11am.  (more…)

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Nearly Naked Woman

I bought an ironing board yesterday (along with two sweaters, a scarf, a pair of sunglasses, salt and pepper shakers and a new garbage can–for the record, I did not buy these things all at the same place).  I am really happy with all of my purchases.  And I’ve gotten a big kick out of the ironing board.  I never thought that I would write that (the I’ve gotten a kick out of an ironing board part).  Why you ask? It has a nearly naked lady on it.

My New Ironing Board

My New Ironing Board

The best part is that I didn’t notice it until I got it home. Yes, there is she on the ironing board insert.  She’s wearing a short, short skirt and no top.  Maybe it’s because she needs to iron it.  But the truth of the matter is I am not sure why she’s nearly naked.  (more…)

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Long Weekend

It’s a long weekend starting today.  I am not exactly sure what the weekend is for.  I know that September 15th was the Day of Sofia and I think that the reunification of Bulgaria is coming up but even a year later, I have a hard time keeping up with the holidays.

Don’t get me wrong though, I am not complaining. Actually, I’ve got a lot to do.  I need to relax.  Then I need to buy some things for my apartment. I need to relax some more. I should do some shopping and buy some fall clothes–say pants so that I don’t have to teach four days out of five in dresses or skirts.  As you may (or may not) remember I did a really bad job packing in August and only brought back one pair of slacks when I returned to Sofia.  After this, I think I’ll relax some more. (more…)

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Bulgarian Visa

Great news, for me! I don’t have to fly back to the States to make my visa application.  I guess this is bad news for my friends and family in the States but I couldn’t be happier.

I get to stay in Bulgaria, make a couple of short trips to Greece and I’ll hardly miss teaching any school.  I have no idea how it all worked out or how many hoops we had to jump through but it happened somehow.  Yipiee.

This said until I get my new visa I am not going to be cheering too much but I think that it will all work out.  I just didn’t realize how much I’d been worrying about it until I found out that there was a serious plan in place to get the visa.  Now it seems to be clearly on the horizon. Phew-phew.

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