Last week I finally hit the fabled “wall” of homesickness. It is a relief honestly – the first stint I did here back in ’11 I hit that wall right away, so spending almost 9 months here without it made me feel both gratified and a little on edge for if it would ever come.
Perhaps because it was my birthday month (29!) or perhaps because my home-latitude (home-lat) is entering my favorite season of autumn, whatever the cause, it was compounded by my feeling under the weather with a swollen throat and cough. That mundane illness procured my homesickness.
Surprisingly, going to church helped fix that. It had been about 4 Sundays since I was able to attend a Methodist church. I was on vacation for 2 Sundays and then I was in Manila for work during the last 2 Sundays. It was a steadfast reassurance to be back at church, to see friendly faces and share some conversations with people that I know albeit only from 1-3hrs on Sundays.
As far as communities go, it’s not that much yet at the same time it reminds me of similar church communities in my home-lat and that, dear readers, plus the messages of support on my FB and personal emails from family was just enough to lift me over the wall.
This week I head back to teaching. Unfortunately my trusty macbookpro has been having many serious problems after updating to Sierra 10.12. I’ve had that thing for 6 years now and it has quite the data I need on it. Whatever happened to my laptop also corrupted my backup, but luckily for a fee the service center is backing up my files before they try to fix my laptop. Their initial scans shows that all was well with the hardware (except for the battery but c’mon it’s 6 years old!) so here’s to hoping I do not have to buy a new laptop. I really love my old macbookpro!
Back to teaching- all my lesson plans are on that computer. I will just have to teach by the sweat of my brow and quite possibly we’ll be doing review because I haven’t taught for a month and am lost to where my students are. I think I will also be switching to only teaching grades 10 & 11 physics and earth science. We will see.
In the meantime, I am using this cool windows laptop that I have no idea how to get the most out of, and trying to remember all the things that I have stored on my macbook whilst maintaining a level of work that doesn’t get me fired during this data less jaunt.
Autumn is starting and I miss it dearly but I would appreciate any pictures you might take of your autumn-time! If you feel generous please share them to me by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will only be looking at them, not posting or anything – It’s like sending me a homemade card that gets here right away. I hope that I get to live autumn vicariously through you, dear readers.
Until next time!