04 November 2013

Halloween in Russia

Happy Halloween, all!

Oh my goodness, Halloween week took  f o r e v e r, but it was so worth it. Because each class meets twice a week (and Friday is all the tiny ones so they only meet once a week), Halloween began on Wednesday and went all the way through Friday afternoon. Jeez. But everyone was so into it! I was kind of worried my excitement over the best holiday ever had not transfered over but it did! Everyone dressed up (except my teens... not that I was expecting much out of their angsty faces) and lots of kids brought treats and essays and stories. 

I had so much fun showing them movies and taking pictures and having our first little party of the year. 

I was really grateful for Halloween. I'd been feeling kind of like a teacher-failure for the first few months because some of my classes just weren't getting it. When Ben and I came last year, we were taking over classes in the middle of the year and I just got lucky by having really bright students who were, for the most part, very well-behaved. 

But this year... ugh. Some of the kids just make me want to go nuts. I don't even like being anything but fun and sweet, so I really resent them for forcing me into this disciplinarian role. But it's gotten better. So when Halloween rolled around and all the kids were so excited and happy, it made me feel like I was doing something right. So I feel good about school again, but I did lose my mind when our administrator told me Monday was Russian Independence Day (because they were dependent on...?) so NO SCHOOL!

Ben and I had our sweet friends Grigor and Granush over for dinner and Granush and I made pasta carbonara (I had promised Grigor I'd make it for him because it's his favorite dish), but I still feel like I can't nail this recipe. I don't know what it is! If any of you have a good recipe, please send it along, because I love this dish so much but I just can't replicate the way it tastes when I order it in a restaurant. So frustrating. 

Also, I forgot to mention in my last post that I finished reading/listening to Gone Girl and I HIGHLY recommend it! It was such a juicy read and kept me loads of company while Ben was back in the states.   Since Ben was abroad while I was reading it, every time we would skype I would fill him in on what was going on. For the first half of the book, I really thought one thing and then BAM! SIR-TWIST-A-LOT! Just really exciting and unpredictable and though I wasn't extraordinarily pleased with the ending (I thought it felt a tad rushed), overall I had a really great time reading it.

I was telling Ben's mom on Skype the other day that I've felt kind of lost in the world of books since I graduated from college--which is odd because what I primarily studied was literature. But because for the last four years I've read so many great things and so many collections (classes and semester devoted to just Hawthorne and Poe and Joyce and Didion and the transcendentalists and the women writers and the Steinbecks and the Eggers and blalallaahahahha) and while studying literature in such a deep way was so profoundly rewarding and excellent, I also stopped reading for like... fun. And I'd always read for fun. But college just gets to you at the end and when I graduated I just didn't know what to do with myself.

So I guess I'm in this new stage of reading--I can read whatever I want. I can read the books from the New York Times Bestsellers list. I can read the books that Cosmo recommends. Or my mom. Or Ben's mom. I guess this doesn't sound all that revolutionary now that I'm typing it out, but it felt revolutionary for me.

Anyway, so I'm going to end this entry now with some pics from school and I hope all of you had an awesome Halloween. Cheers!





12 comments:

  1. looks like just a proper halloween celebration. i love your classroom, by the way (and your costume)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It totally was a proper celebration! I was so excited! And thank you : )

      Delete
  2. you both look so cute dressed up, your kids too! do they celebrate halloween in russia normally? and i totally love pasta carbonara too! i actually learned how to make it in a cooking class that i was required to take in college (all hospitality majors had to take it). now i just google a recipe online for the measurements and change it a bit to how i learned to make it. next time, i'll try to make a note of a recipe!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. No, Halloween is not a holiday celebrated in Russia (or many other places in the world, actually-sad). And send me your secrets girl! I can't freaking figure it out! And I think that is an awesome required class--I can't wait until I can start taking some cooking classes (preferably in an English speaking country).

      Delete
  3. Your comments on reading are so refreshing. I look forward to that stage in my life, because right now I've lost interest in reading for fun. I'm either reading for school or doing other things. Glad you had a great Halloween :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Awe, don't lose interest! It's one thing I regretted. Just find some good mysteries, page turners. Really, read "Gone Girl". It was sooo good, I'm sure it'll add some fuel to the fire for ya : )

      Delete
  4. I had no idea you were a teacher. That's awesome, and these photos are pretty sweet. Especially of the one in the class room (if I'm correct). Glad you enjoyed your Halloween!

    Jes | Naturally Jes

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, I am! And thank you! I hope you had fun too :)

      Delete
  5. Ahh you look so cute!

    I loooooved Gone Girl. You really need to read Dark Places and Sharp Objects. Also, I've been wanting to work on a carbonara recipe, so if it comes out alright I'll send it your way!

    Happy November, sweet girl!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ugh, please do. Seriously, every time I make it it turns out... weird. And yeah I think I'll read his/her other books--I just liked Gone Girl so much!

      Delete
  6. I've totally felt the same way since graduating in May! I've missed all those luscious syllabi with the best books ever already picked out for you. I've gotten really into memoirs lately. Tina Fey's Bossypants and Steve Martin's Born Standing Up are both hilarious.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ugh, agreed. I've actually been thinking about Tina Fey's memoir for awhile. I just love her so much--thanks for the tip!

      Delete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...