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An Aunt’s Preparation

Feet!!!!

For the past few months, I have been coming to terms with the fact that my family dynamic is a few months away from drastically changing–there’s a baby coming into the world.

Not mine!

But my dear sister is preparing for this amazing occasion, and I am beyond ecstatic that I am actually here in the same country at the same time!

I was so excited when I found out, as I know this is something she and her husband really wanted to do.  I was overcome with emotion when the news came.   On the other hand, this will be my first experience with a little one in diapers (I must confess that I have never had to change a diaper in all my years of babysitting), and it makes me a bit nervous.

Unfortunately, with still living a few hours away, I haven’t been around to watch her belly grow.  So, I’ve been carefully watching my co-worker, who’s due date is a few weeks after my sister’s.  That being said, I also won’t be home to hear the first giggles, bottles, and new baby outfits, but I’ll have to figure out my own way to be involved in this exciting new family.

“Aunt” is a big name to live up to, and I have quite a few others competing with me under this title.  Is there some way I can train up for this position?

Any suggestions?

Creative Commons License photo credit: Dave Wilson Photographer

Hot Seats in Toronto

DSC_4832_toned_full_quality

Despite the cold weather, we have definitely begun to get cozy in our relationship with Toronto.

First, with the new year and Edwin’s constant online hunts for a good bargain, we became a member of “House Seats.”  Not to sound like an advertisement, but this idea is genius!  For a flat fee, (which we got discounted due to a lucky find on Groupon), we have access to countless shows for free.  Each member can receive two FREE tickets for any show that comes available through the network.

They usually center around theatre, music, and other live performances.  In only two weeks, I have already seen a murder mystery, an amazing show at Tarragon Theatre, and a live comedy Improv show.  Sitting near these stages has brought my excitement back to the foreground.  It has made my upcoming theatre volunteer nights much more exciting.

It’s all thanks to a wonderful boyfriend (don’t tell him I said that) who has not allowed the winter temperatures keep us from exploring the city’s cultural pleasures.  It keeps date nights new and interesting and dinner conversation about more than hours at work and countdowns to summer sunsets.

Second, along with a great partner, one needs great friends.  I am lucky to have both.  I am thankful for friends who are up for exploring–new cafes, new restaurants,  new dance floors, and even skating rinks.  Weekends are turning out to be one adventure after another.

And with this season of Winterlicious (Toronto restaurants’ amazing winter meal deals) upon us, I have a feeling the cold won’t be making me blue this year.

Creative Commons License photo credit: minasodaboy

Time Out

SH 99 Mc Crackens Rest_
In roughly 12 hours, I will be stepping into Pearson International Airport to board a flight to New Zealand!

I thought I’d take a quick time out to reflect on the craziness that has been surrounding me here in Toronto this week.

I have been contemplating nonstop what my true PASSION is?!  Some questions that have been floating around are:

1. Do I want to make ESL my fulltime career? And if so, how can I find a way to make enough money and gain stability in order to succeed future obligations/choices?

2. I love being in the classroom.  Do I want to teach adults how to survive in this fast-paced, growing nation?  Do I want to work with young children and help them build a foundation that they can bring with them? Do I want to be side by side with teenagers and guide them to use creativity as they mold in adults?

3. Where has theatre gone? Would I enjoy teaching drama, like I imagined so many years ago?

4. Where has the travel bug gone? Or is it in hibernation for a while and allowing me to enjoy being settled in a city for a while?

5. And ultimately, What qualification will take me the closest to where I want to be? A Bachelor of Education? A TESL Ontario certificate? A Master’s Degree? And then of course, the question is followed by: Where DO I want to be?

I decided to apply to Teacher’s College for Sept 2012.  The idea had been bouncing around in my head ever since I started working in Toronto.  In the past 2 months, there were days of discussion in my staff room amongst us teachers, some of whom have their B. Ed, others who are strictly pursuing the ESL teaching road, and some who are pursuing further education opportunities at the moment.  Debates can get heated and quite interesting, usually centering around the education.

I also attended a meeting for an ESL course.  A one year program can put me in the race for being qualified in Ontario to work for school boards and government agencies in the ESL field.  The trouble is, as word on the street has it, no one hires full time!

Lastly, I finished my time at my language institute this week.  It was a sad day.  I will truly miss the students and teachers I have grown to know.  ESL students will always elicit curiosity from me, which is why upon my return from NZ, I hope to return to the ESL classroom and keep learning!

As for Teacher’s College, I suppose I will have to wait until April for another big decision-making time.

But for now, I’m going to reward myself for making it through settling back into Canada and back into the classroom with another vacation! 3 weeks in beautiful New Zealand, where Edwin has an itinerary all planned out for us.  I guess I’ll have to use the 24 hour transit time to perfect my Cantonese!

Any suggestions on how to solve my life dilemmas, or how to stop my brain from over-analyzing my dilemmas on a daily basis?

Creative Commons License photo credit: hig 37

 

 

 

Category Archives: Uncategorized

An Aunt’s Preparation

Feet!!!!

For the past few months, I have been coming to terms with the fact that my family dynamic is a few months away from drastically changing–there’s a baby coming into the world.

Not mine!

But my dear sister is preparing for this amazing occasion, and I am beyond ecstatic that I am actually here in the same country at the same time!

I was so excited when I found out, as I know this is something she and her husband really wanted to do.  I was overcome with emotion when the news came.   On the other hand, this will be my first experience with a little one in diapers (I must confess that I have never had to change a diaper in all my years of babysitting), and it makes me a bit nervous.

Unfortunately, with still living a few hours away, I haven’t been around to watch her belly grow.  So, I’ve been carefully watching my co-worker, who’s due date is a few weeks after my sister’s.  That being said, I also won’t be home to hear the first giggles, bottles, and new baby outfits, but I’ll have to figure out my own way to be involved in this exciting new family.

“Aunt” is a big name to live up to, and I have quite a few others competing with me under this title.  Is there some way I can train up for this position?

Any suggestions?

Creative Commons License photo credit: Dave Wilson Photographer

Hot Seats in Toronto

DSC_4832_toned_full_quality

Despite the cold weather, we have definitely begun to get cozy in our relationship with Toronto.

First, with the new year and Edwin’s constant online hunts for a good bargain, we became a member of “House Seats.”  Not to sound like an advertisement, but this idea is genius!  For a flat fee, (which we got discounted due to a lucky find on Groupon), we have access to countless shows for free.  Each member can receive two FREE tickets for any show that comes available through the network.

They usually center around theatre, music, and other live performances.  In only two weeks, I have already seen a murder mystery, an amazing show at Tarragon Theatre, and a live comedy Improv show.  Sitting near these stages has brought my excitement back to the foreground.  It has made my upcoming theatre volunteer nights much more exciting.

It’s all thanks to a wonderful boyfriend (don’t tell him I said that) who has not allowed the winter temperatures keep us from exploring the city’s cultural pleasures.  It keeps date nights new and interesting and dinner conversation about more than hours at work and countdowns to summer sunsets.

Second, along with a great partner, one needs great friends.  I am lucky to have both.  I am thankful for friends who are up for exploring–new cafes, new restaurants,  new dance floors, and even skating rinks.  Weekends are turning out to be one adventure after another.

And with this season of Winterlicious (Toronto restaurants’ amazing winter meal deals) upon us, I have a feeling the cold won’t be making me blue this year.

Creative Commons License photo credit: minasodaboy

Time Out

SH 99 Mc Crackens Rest_
In roughly 12 hours, I will be stepping into Pearson International Airport to board a flight to New Zealand!

I thought I’d take a quick time out to reflect on the craziness that has been surrounding me here in Toronto this week.

I have been contemplating nonstop what my true PASSION is?!  Some questions that have been floating around are:

1. Do I want to make ESL my fulltime career? And if so, how can I find a way to make enough money and gain stability in order to succeed future obligations/choices?

2. I love being in the classroom.  Do I want to teach adults how to survive in this fast-paced, growing nation?  Do I want to work with young children and help them build a foundation that they can bring with them? Do I want to be side by side with teenagers and guide them to use creativity as they mold in adults?

3. Where has theatre gone? Would I enjoy teaching drama, like I imagined so many years ago?

4. Where has the travel bug gone? Or is it in hibernation for a while and allowing me to enjoy being settled in a city for a while?

5. And ultimately, What qualification will take me the closest to where I want to be? A Bachelor of Education? A TESL Ontario certificate? A Master’s Degree? And then of course, the question is followed by: Where DO I want to be?

I decided to apply to Teacher’s College for Sept 2012.  The idea had been bouncing around in my head ever since I started working in Toronto.  In the past 2 months, there were days of discussion in my staff room amongst us teachers, some of whom have their B. Ed, others who are strictly pursuing the ESL teaching road, and some who are pursuing further education opportunities at the moment.  Debates can get heated and quite interesting, usually centering around the education.

I also attended a meeting for an ESL course.  A one year program can put me in the race for being qualified in Ontario to work for school boards and government agencies in the ESL field.  The trouble is, as word on the street has it, no one hires full time!

Lastly, I finished my time at my language institute this week.  It was a sad day.  I will truly miss the students and teachers I have grown to know.  ESL students will always elicit curiosity from me, which is why upon my return from NZ, I hope to return to the ESL classroom and keep learning!

As for Teacher’s College, I suppose I will have to wait until April for another big decision-making time.

But for now, I’m going to reward myself for making it through settling back into Canada and back into the classroom with another vacation! 3 weeks in beautiful New Zealand, where Edwin has an itinerary all planned out for us.  I guess I’ll have to use the 24 hour transit time to perfect my Cantonese!

Any suggestions on how to solve my life dilemmas, or how to stop my brain from over-analyzing my dilemmas on a daily basis?

Creative Commons License photo credit: hig 37

 

 

 

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Kristin’s Backpack won 1st Prize for TESL Ontario’s 2011 ESL Week Blog Contest.
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Welcome to Kristin’s Backpack! I jumped on the blogging bandwagon in 2010 to share my Canadian-theatrical-backpacking perspective on my world adventures. With my return to Canada, I will continue to dig into my pockets and reflect on life as it has come to involve Teaching, Travel, and Theatre. Time to unzip the pockets!
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This is what summer is all about- finished a book yesterday and am on to the next today.  I just opened The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, which has been on my shelf for ages.  I have been extremely interested in reading accounts that stem from true stories in a dark history that is often swept to the side.  
At the same time, I have been listening to The Maze Runner series as an audio book and have been extremely captivated by the young characters’ circumstances and their view on the world.  
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