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Decisions, decisions ...


LittleBuddhaTW

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My stomach bug has cleared up for the most part, thankfully. On the down side, the few extra kilograms that I was hoping I would lose from it didn't go away, so I might have to actually start exercising or something ... *GASP*

 

Ch. 5 of SOOTB is already posted on my website for those who can't wait for Nifty. It will be up on Nifty late Friday night or early Saturday morning, probably.

 

I'm still fretting about my future. I know I'm not "old" at age 28 (although I certainly have been feeling it lately), but I need to make some decisions. The stress of the Ph.D. exam is driving me crazy, but I'm just so burned out from studying so much over the past three years, that I still can't seem to get myself together to get ready for this one big test. If I don't get into the Ph.D. program, I'll most likely be moving back to the States and get a job as a translator/interpreter or teaching Mandarin ... there's not much else you can do with a M.A. degree in Chinese.

 

After living here for five years, building a life, accumulating tons of stuff (mostly books), and, of course, my three cats, it would be a pain in the ass to move all the way back to the States. Ugh ... :(

 

BTW, the last chapter of "Desert Dropping" was great. I can't wait to read the next chapter of "With Trust" ... the more I read, the more I'm falling in love with Nelson ... although if made to choose, I'd still rather share my bed (among other things) with Rory ... hehe

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:D I am glad u feels beter. It mus b relly hard 4 some 1 old like u 2 not b sick no more huh :lmao:

 

Lots of Huggles 2 make u feel beter :2thumbs: Huggles

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[Glad you are feeling better LB. Loved your Chapter 5. I also thought your comment in the forum on DD Ch 36 was very shrewd. Still DD was a staggering achievement and parts of it I love more than anything else I have read.

 

Hope your future plans work out. There is no way that I personally know of to stop worrying and with regard to age, the line from Simon & Garfunkel about older than you were but younger than you will be sort of helps me 0:)

 

Gearoid

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Hey, I've got to say two things.

 

1) quote from your web site: "The purpose of this web page, besides hosting my own feeble attempt at writing..."

Don't be so self deprecating. That is actually an English trait (I should know) and not one you normally expect from an American. Anyway it's total balls because:

 

2) 'Someday out of the blue' is excellent. There. 'nuff said.

 

OK not enough. Now I want to winge at how your damn story kept me up until 4.30am. I'm now tired and grouchy, but if chapter 6 happened to be posted I wouldn't complain...

You've got a great taste in music too.

 

Excellent. :)

 

Camy

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Could you take a year off and decompress? I don't know how the education system works over there but maybe a little while of just working at something low stress (you could teach english and then pretend you don't know what the kids are talking about and then rock their world when you totally burn them in chinese!)

The new chapter is really good, by the way :P

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Could you take a year off and decompress? I don't know how the education system works over there but maybe a little while of just working at something low stress (you could teach english and then pretend you don't know what the kids are talking about and then rock their world when you totally burn them in chinese!)

The new chapter is really good, by the way :P

 

I tried the whole "English teaching" thing the first two years I was here ... and it's not about teaching at all, but making money for the owner of the school, so it ended up being more stressful than anything else I've ever done. I've had too much time to decompress, probably, since the past year all I've done is stay at home and work on my thesis. Since I have a scholarship, I don't really have to work, and I finished my thesis (at least the writing part of it) pretty fast. So, I feel like I need to get started on my future career, whatever that may be ... *sigh*

 

But thanks for the suggestion! :D

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