Maids and Movies…

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It’s Monday morning just before lunch and i’m sitting here at home getting ready to enjoy my week of vacation. I think the best perk (there aren’t many) about being a teacher is the amount of vacation time you get a year. Now I know that there are some people in the world that think that teachers have an easy life, and that we get to much time off from work…blah, blah, blah! I’ve heard it before and I promise you that we fully earn the vacation time we get. It takes weeks of planning and spending 8 hours a day with a room full of 5 year olds keeping them happy, entertained, and learning all at the same time. Then on top of that add the work politics I’ve had to deal with lately, and you’ll understand why I haven’t shaved or showered but that’s what vacations are all about, right?

Anyways, I’m not planning on going anywhere this week special and will probably spend my time sleeping late, going to the gym, and playing WOW. I kind of wish i could go away, but I need to save my money in case there is a repeat of last month’s disaster at work. However, I promised i wouldn’t go into that so on a different note, I finally have broken down and hired a maid. It reminds me of when i was a little boy and on occasion I’d ask my mother to iron a shirt or something and what would she say…”What am I, the Maid or something?” I used to tell my Mom when i was growing up that I would have a maid some day to iron my clothes, clean my room, and do my chores. Well Mom…and i know your reading this…She’s cleaning the kitchen as we speak. I would never think of having a maid living in the U.S. but this is Thailand and it’s not uncommon. Most of the families with kids at our school have live in maids, nannies, and cooks to help out. So, I talked to my assistant at school and she new someone right away that would be good for the job…so I thought, why not?

Yes, yes…maybe I’m just lazy but it’s not like I spend all my free time laying on the couch, watching soaps, and eating Bon bons. I wash and iron the clothes, wash dishes, make the bed, and tidy up as much as i can. I think things just get dirtier here in Thailand than at home. Yeah…that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Finally, last night we had dinner at the Sizzler and went to a movie. Believe it or not, the Sizzler is considered classy eating to Thais. I know, as I was surprised when i first moved here as well and someone wanted to take me on a date to have a nice dinner there. We then went to see the movie “27 Dresses,” which has just released in theaters here in Thailand. I hadn’t actually heard much about this film before hand, and so I didn’t know what to expect going into it. However, I did hear that It was written by the same writer that adapted The Devil Wears Prada for the big screen so my hopes were up as to potential quality. I don’t think that it will be winning any Oscars but It was an cute way to spend a Sunday night with someone special. I’m not going to give you a full review however, because the New York Times did a far better job than I could hope, so go have a read for yourself.  So on that note I will bid  you a good week.  Will probably blog a few times this week, so make sure you check back for updates often!  Much love to all and enjoy…