It’s been an eventful week! On Tuesday morning, I taught my final trial lesson. It went better than the others, with only five children, all of them well-behaved. I got my feedback (talk with your hands more!) and a job offer the next evening. I’m still on a completely opposite schedule from China- fifteen hours behind Beijing- so everything moves slowly. They message me in the middle of the night, and I respond while they’re asleep.
Well, I’ll be on their time very soon! The hours are … less than ideal. I work from 5-9 pm my time, then a long break and another shift from 3-7 am. But the work is fun, the pay is good, and I don’t have to buy work clothes!
Ben also got a job interview with a local trucking company. It’s not until Wednesday, but we’ve got our fingers crossed because it’s exactly the kind of thing he’s looking for. Hauling wood chips out of local sawmills and delivering them to local paper mills, he’d get lots of overtime and be home every night.
We also got our car back, finally! It runs beautifully and didn’t break the bank. We’re so glad we didn’t listen to the shop who tried to sell us a used transmission for a ridiculous amount when we didn’t even need one. It would have cost a LOT more and not solved the problem. Now that we have the car back we can start the apartment hunt in earnest. This next week should see us driving all over Springfield, checking out the cheap places.
We had time for a bit of fun, too. Last night we went to Silvan Ridge winery, where a friend of my brother’s was competing in a 5k race. We met with a few other friends and had a little potluck. And wine, of course. It was a beautiful, breezy evening, and as you can see above, I enjoyed myself.by