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19 December 2006 @ 03:23 pm
at school with nothin' to do  
while i really love my job, the one thing i actually dislike the most is a day where i have no classes and nothing to prepare for, like today. i had one class scheduled today, but that teacher is kinda flighty and forgot they were taking a test. this particular guy is ALWAYS cancelling or adding a class at the very last minute too, he drives me crazy. anyway, with winter vacation fast approaching (along with exams for the kids), there isn't anything for me to do here at work. no classes coming up next week to prepare for, and i won't even have another japanese lesson myself until mid-january. so, i feel completely and utterly useless, and even if i did sit and study all day at my desk or try to read a book, it wouldn't be like i'm doing any actual work-related work.

i also feel bad for the schools sometimes. i mean, there are only two ALTs and eight schools, and they don't get to decide when they do or don't have us. it's all scheduled out in advance by the board of education. so there are times when the kids have exams or practice for school events, and there are no classes at all for me to teach. they only get me for a short period of time, and they can't use me. i get really bored and feel bad because i'm not helping. bleh, so wasteful. i could be doing other things outside of work too, but obviously that's out of the question too. having no work at work doesn't mean i get to leave work. and i'm so bored and tired, even with internet. while really busy days with 5 or 6 classes can be stressful, the day goes by quickly. even having just one class makes me feel a little more purposeful.

almost done for today though...
Pat Bradpatbrad on December 19th, 2006 01:01 pm (UTC)
I'm in the same boat as you, although with even less of a purpose in life. There is almost nothing for me to do at work most days, and my superiors are not assigning me any tasks because then they would have nothing to do themselves! My professional job title has become "Seat Warmer," and I've basically come to accept that. Enjoy your slow time, do some reading, and if you start to feel REALLY guilty you can always post some more stories about your experiences over there. It's pretty interesting, and will probably save you time of repeating the same stories once you get back!
(Anonymous) on December 29th, 2006 03:57 pm (UTC)
from Melissa
It was SO great seeing you this vacation!! I'm glad we had the chance to meet up and catch up (and be blinded by your ring). I hope your trip back was safe and as comfortable as a 14-hour multi- modes of transportation trip around the globe can be.

And for when you have a free minute, I saw this article and it made me laugh; I think you'll know why: http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/12/21/bungee.backpack.reut/index.html

Talk to you soon!