Friday and Saturday were long busy days and I’m a bit fagged out still today. I slept for around 10 hours. I relaxed this morning. After putting through a load of laundry, I took some stuff up to campus and made my regular international calls from the office where the internet system is reliable.
I had to call my US “uncle” as he just had major surgery using new technology: hip maintenance without doing a replacement. I was wondering whether he had received the stuffed bear I had delivered to his place; fortunately a relative of his picked it up and took it to the seniors’ rehab center where he is currently staying. He gets therapy a couple of times a day. He says the place is good but he caught a cold so has been staying solitary so as to avoid passing on the bug. I know he is a bit snobbish, too, and usually does not seek friends readily. It’s a shame that certain elderly people are like that for they shut themselves out of society and activities and thereby cause themselves unnecessary loneliness and additional hardship. Come to think of it, though, I guess some people want to avoid the ups and down of socializing with transient company, or becoming attached to people who do not live much longer after the relationship has formed.
I also called the bros, the ones with disabilities. I particularly want to catch the eldest in, for he’s the one who is half homeless and in decline. He sounded better today, but there is an upturn in that the family is making efforts to find a housing arrangement for him. He is an obstacle because he won’t see social services or health experts. I expect the transition to go slowly. The family property that we are hoping to sell has devalued, and won’t fetch the price we were aiming for, which is a bit of a setback in finding funds for his housing.
While in the office, I puttered around and reviewed my lesson plans for tomorrow, a day jam-packed with five hours straight of classes except for a lunch break. I am trying to ease the schedule by making sure to bring a bag lunch, and to fill it I’ve saved some baked chicken and dok, a rice cake.
Another chore I took care of in the office was to remount the drapery over the glass office door. L and I have wanted to obscure the line of vision into out office without cutting off all the light. The first time I taped up the cloth, it fell shortly after. I used a different kind of tape this time.
With the promise made to students to have a mock business party in the freshmen class on Tuesday, I prepared some name tags with fake company names and job titles. The object is to practice using greetings and small talk expressions. We may as well make it fun and this particular class is very outgoing, so I think we can pull it off.
I should be opening up the new Korean online course kit and studying the first lesson of this three-month package. I just paid for it last week, but I did not join in the online live practice session because I had organized the party last Wednesday. I don't have much energy, so I'll have to study tomorrow and Tuesday.