30 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 26

Today, I did day 26 of the DO YOU YOGA 30 Day Challenge. It was called “Like a Tall Drink of Water.” The video was a great combination of backbends, forward bends, and twists. I’m still working on my balance, and I really did have to focus today. Today’s practice also helped to relieve some tension that has been building up in my back.

Unfortunately, I woke up in a bad mood and with a bad headache. Today’s yoga practice didn’t really put me in a better mood, like I hoped it would. Instead, my mom and I ended up going out for lunch. We went to the Committed Pig in Manasquan, NJ. It was our first time there and I was incredibly impressed. I ordered the baked brie burger, which had brie, bacon, and fig preserves. My mom ordered the triple b, which was bacon, blue cheese, and balsamic glaze. We both got side salads instead of fries. I’m sure the burger sent me back a million calories, but it was delicious and I have absolutely no regrets.

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After, we went to visit a former co-worker of my mom’s who had recently opened a party supply store in the area. It was nice to see her and her business.

When we got home, I watched an episode of Twin Peaks and took a nap. I still don’t feel 100%, but I hope this headache goes away by the time I have to be at work tomorrow.

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Three Weeks Later

It’s been three weeks since I left Korea. I’m very happy to be home in New Jersey and able to see my mom and friends. It’s nice to have access to familiar things, as well, such as the lake I like walking around, the boardwalk at Point Pleasant, and even my favorite restaurants. Pizza and bagels were sorely missed.

I just got a job at a restaurant near my house. I won’t have to spend a lot of money on gas and I think I’ll be able to do some saving. In the meantime, I plan on getting certified to teach ESL in public schools here. There are a few tests I have to take, including math, but some friends have offered to tutor me. I’m really grateful for that. The other tests are for oral and written proficiency, which I’m not worried about.

Even though I was only in Korea for six months, it’s admittedly been a little strange getting reacclimated to life at home. It took quite some time to get over the jet lag, and all my days seemed to get mushed together. I got so used to using Facebook messenger or Skype to talk to my friends at home (the only person I texted or called in Korea through my actual phone plan was Hannah), but now I can communicate with them without needing the internet. I also don’t have to bow at people or handle money like a Korean (which I found myself doing for a while right after I got back). I’m also thrilled to have my car again and not have to rely on public transportation when I need to go somewhere.

Anyway, I’m still getting back into the groove of things, and it’s really nice to have found a job so quickly. I hate sitting at home with nothing to do!

I’m also thinking of changing the name of my blog. If you have any suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments!

Starting to Say Farewell

I leave for Korea in four days. It’s really crept up on me quickly.

Thursday was my last day at my retail job, and it was bittersweet. I’ve met so many wonderful people there the past year, and I’m a big mush so I spent the evening taking pictures and singing and hugging everyone.

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Some of my team at Banana Republic #8164!

On Friday, I got to see one of my friends whom I hadn’t seen since November. We both have busy schedules, so we met up for an early dinner in New Brunswick at this place called Stuff Yer Face. We had custom strombolis, yummy fishbowl drinks, and this banana caramel concoction for dessert. After dinner, we took a walk around and got some bubble tea.

Kate and I with our bubble tea!

Kate and I with our bubble tea!

Last night (Saturday) was my [official] going away party. My friend Brittany came down the shore from the City and we went to the pool, got ice cream, and caught up. She also got me the loveliest Moleskine notebook so I can write about my adventures on paper! Later, we went to Asbury Park at the Asbury Festhalle and Biergarten. It was the most beautiful night, so we found a spot on the roof garden and got some beers. My friend Kait met us shortly after we arrived and she staked out a table. Everyone else was on their way, or trying to find parking, which is absolutely no fun to do in Asbury Park on a Saturday in the summer. My friends Christine, Amanda, Matt, and Ken also met us. After drinks, everyone decided it was only fitting that we go to MOGO Korean Fusion Tacos, right around the corner. I had never been there, but I got a Korean beef burrito and tried three different types of kimchi: cabbage, daikon, and cucumber (I liked the cucumber best).

Amanda and I at the biergarten.

Amanda and I at the biergarten.

Everybody at MOGO!

Everybody at MOGO!

Christine and I at MOGO.

Christine and I at MOGO.

It was SUCH a fun night, and I’m so happy to have seen and celebrated with everyone.

I’m still packing my suitcases, but it’s the final countdown.

Praxis Scores

So, for those of you who don’t know, I am also in the process of going alternate route to receive my NJ teaching certificate in elementary education. It may have taken me five years to decide that I want to be a teacher, but I am making moves.

I had to take tests in English, Social Studies, Science, and Math. I just got my scores back.

English: 177

Social Studies: 172

Science: 165

Math: 150

I need a 164 in each subject in order to pass. Damn you, math. Guess I will sign up to take it again next month. Really hope it’s the last time. Time to start studying!

To do list 3/30/2015

Things I have to do to start preparing for EPIK as well as getting my elementary education certification in New Jersey:

1. Sign up and take a 140 hour TEFL class (I am going with the i-to-i Professional Certificate)

2. Re-take my elementary education math PRAXIS (and pass this time)

3. Take my 24 hour pre-service program: an introduction to the teaching profession

4. All the documents. All the paperwork.