19.12.2012 - 21.12.2012
I'm ok. I guess that there are at least one of you who was wondering...
Things have just been too hectic of later to blog about them. I started the other day, got sidetracked, and never got back on track. Then the Christmas Party came and that was a success. Three Chinese bailed out (if you include Johnson) at the last moment (on the evening of the party) but that was sort of expected and in the end we had about 20 heads one way or another. Jenny's spread of Western food was really successful and impressed the Chinese. Mrs Yu, Claire and Suzy all wanted to know the recipes and got involved in the games of Cranium and Poker that were played in different rooms and drank hot water whilst the decadent westerners drank wine. Talking of which, unfortunately for me the whole thing was marred by CENSORED. READ THE BOOK? OUT NEXT YEAR. THIS CENSORED BIT IS ACTUALLY QUITE JUICY.
Rather unusually, there has been no official Christmas dinner for the foreign teachers. I think at every school I've ever been at that has been a tradition but instead, we just got this letter.
To: All Foreign Teachers
Notice for school leaving in 12/2012
Dear Our Foreign Teachers:
Thank you for your conscientious work! As the end of this semester is coming, here is the notice for your reference.
Blah blah. Just stuff about letting them know every step of our holiday plan, which is rich considering how much we are kept in the dark by them until the last minute. All our lessons are done now and the holidays run 'til 22nd Feb, so we're getting the standard 2 months off. I do have to hang around to mark exams but in theory if I was so disposed I could mark them on a beach in Malibu.
I kind of regret spending another year in China, it's just more of the same rubbish, really. But the upside of it is one always sees yet another layer that will make the novel that much more finely textured. I'm not talking about this blog, it's been so sporadic I don't think I can publish this winter after all, though maybe I can make something of two semesters. I'm talking about What to do on your 4th day in Xi'an which I haven't touched for about 6 months. I sent the first 27 pages to Joe and he thinks it has what it takes but is maybe "too linear".