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brief update

August 30, 2006 in Uncategorized

got the job.

They say I can’t bring Heifer with me.

If I work in another country (that is not Eastern Asia), I won’t be able to save up enough to come back for even one of the weddings I am invited to in 2007.

Brazilian boys are hot.

Sushi in Japan must be like nothing else.

Who will take Heifer?

Can I possibly leave her behind?

Can I possibly turn down such a good job?

and …

August 24, 2006 in Uncategorized

and … shocker of shockers … the interview? went?

…. well?

Very well, if the fellow in charge is to be believed. Well, that is, barring the results of my grammar test (which have yet to be recouped).

… it went well? an all-day seminar, 6 of us; three with actual teaching experience, three without (the three without, new yorkers!).

The fellow in charge asked me to send them a notarized copy of my NYU diploma plus 4 other pictures of myself. Said my teaching demonstration showed good energy and that despite being “fairly petite,” I controlled a large part of the room. My ultra cheap pinstriped suit from Joyce Leslie drew a compliment from Hallie, the only other woman in the interview.

Tipsy in Toronto

August 23, 2006 in Uncategorized

Freaking out this morning, I calmed down by the time the plane landed.

Toronto is lovely. I am tipsy now, just as my clever post heading reads.

Met a very cute (very young) Albanian boy in the hostel and we had a beer. He put his arm around me and told me i was the most fun American girl he’d met. I said, “Thank you” and bid him goodnight.

Interview tomorrow. The grammar has filled my head for weeks so it might be … better. Still need to fill out the application. “What do you want your students to get from you?” Well, son, I don’t know. Perhaps they can learn how to stutter as well as I do.

First interview in 3 years. Feel calm now, though I was completely panicked this morning. Beer is amazing.

… as I walked down the street, I overheard a man on a doorstoop say, “You and I are the same, eh?”

EH!! EH!! EH!!


August 23, 2006 in Uncategorized

Heading off to Toronto this morning, despite near-panic attacks last night. Well, honestly, after having blown a small fortune on this interview there was really nothing else to do but go. I am left with the realization that this interview is going to be a complete waste of my time – I am quite unprepared and though I have 27 hours before the actual interview itself, I feel as though I can’t cram it – mastering interview questions, mastering grammar – all in those 24 hours.

But I can’t let it be a waste of time. I have to do what I can. I have to follow my earlier rationale for even going in the first place – a) they were the only school that contacted me b) I want something in motion c) it gives me something to focus on and a chance to brush up on grammar d) it’ll put me back in that teaching mindframe and prepare me for potential interviews and jobs down the road and e) mini-break in Canada!!


Today, checking mail as I prepare to head out to LGA – a response from another English school in Nagoya, Japan, requesting a phone interview “as soon as possible” for a November position they have to fill. Perfect, just as I’m about to leave for Guatemala. A phone interview when? Perhaps if they’re in Japan, my Sunday will be their Monday and we can do it then? Or when I get back on Friday, crammed between flight arrival and work? Is that possible? sigh …

waiting for the panic to start again ….

meanwhile …

Canada, here I come.

things that make you go, “hmm.”

August 15, 2006 in Uncategorized

is it really running away if you’re running to something?


The people at the language academy require that their applicants pass a grammar test. I have my grammar book. I am studying. Eye-opening, let me tell you.

It has been years since I had an interview – too afraid to look for more work after being unemployed, I planted roots at my current job. I never really had what one would call a “suit” – I always just paired a black skirt with a black blazer. It might do, I think, to look for something a bit more suit-like. Unfortunately, I am in money-starvation mode. We shall have to see what we see.

Evan is AWESOME, Part 2

August 14, 2006 in Uncategorized

Liv: Evan, you know why I’m going to be out next Friday, right?

Evan: Yeah. Job interview, right?

Liv: Yes. Okay, I just wasn’t sure who I’d told or not. Keep it under your hat, though.

Evan: Don’t worry. If anyone asks, I’ll just tell them you’re out that day because you’re getting an abortion.

Liv: Oh my GOD!

Evan: Yep. Going up to Toronto to get that baby replaced with poutine.

Evan is amazing.


August 11, 2006 in Uncategorized

Dave’s ESL Cafe is the place to be for would-be English teachers. Message boards, job postings, information … what’s not to like? I apply to several jobs a day now – in Turkey and Japan. In all of my searches, I find that schools hiring in Europe request applicants offer either EU citizenship or at least 1 year of teaching experience. Though this darned EU citizenship has been in the works for over a year now, it still isn’t a reality. Teaching experience is definitely still a figment as well. I’m seeing almost no posts for jobs in South America or Africa. Yet, jobs are poppin’ fresh in Asia. So are job offers – dozens of schools from Korea and China send job offers straight to my mailbox, simply because I’ve registered on the site.

Pepper has been accepted to teach at a school in Korea and she will leave in a couple of months. She says that the majority of job offers are scams and thorough research of the schools and companies are essential. I delete most of the “job offers” that come into my mailbox.

Today, though: an interview request from a language academy in Japan that actually looks legitimate – its website is sleek and registered on its own domain.

And I think I’m gonna do it. Go to that interview, that is. Not only is it the first time I’ve been contacted for an interview in 3 years (!) but the company looks solid and they offer an extremely enticing benefits package. Living in Turkey sounds more luscious to me somehow but the jobs I’m seeing offer very little in the way of stipend. If I want to toast any of my friends I had better find myself a job that can help make it a reality.

Also … my battle cry for the past few months has been “change.” Nothing spells “change” like moving halfway across the world.

An added bonus: though the language academy has offices in New York City and 5 other major US cities, this year, the North American interviews are only being held in Toronto. While I might curse this fact since I am trying to conserve all my cash, I think: tickets to Toronto aren’t that much. I’ve always wanted to go. Even when I bomb the interview I’ll still have had a nice mini break.

Tomorrow’s the deadline to mark the intent. If the August 24th date is still open … then I’m in.

Let’s see what my manager says about my casual request to take the day off ….