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Sunday Funday?

Or more like Done day…..     ‘Cause I got $#*t dun dun dun dun DONE!

 

You know that old old song….  Rawhide?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47W1pNC1QHw

Wellllll that’s what’s playin in mah head right now!    Rollin rollin rollin, I’ma really rollin, got my plans a goin, Rawhide!

A couple more ppt slides and I’ve got the week done!

Whew!

Sunday Done-day!

 

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12 Ways to Move From Powerless to Powerful

As I read this I realized that I am trying to do the things that good leaders do while feeling completely powerless…..   So I’m going to really work harder on numbers 3 and 4 especially.

 

And realize that those things the weak people are doing are not in my control.  It’s a good read from one of my favorite bloggers and something I really needed to read this morning.

 

Thanks Dan for yet another great post.

12 Ways to Move From Powerless to Powerful.

 

^^^  Yeah click there to read it  ^^^ up there  ^^^

 

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My first holidays in Turkey

My first holidays in Turkey

Halloween has always, ALWAYS been my favorite holiday.

Maybe it’s the secret actress in me but I love dressing up and getting to be someone else for a night.

Halloween is not really celebrated outside of the US. In fact, it’s pretty much only “celebrated” in other countries where there are concentrations of Americans that will make it happen whether or not it’s recognized.

Luckily for us here, a few establishments and another US expat held Halloween parties, so Wendi, Robin, and I got to dress up a couple times. First, we went to a house party as 3 Bad Ass Biker Babes!


 


 


 


 


Dunno who he was, but he kept asking me about serious, so we got his photo!

 

Then on actual Halloween, we went to a local bar for a little dancing fun. There really aren’t any dance clubs here, so going out dancing is more like finding a space by your table to dance if you want to. And since we bring our friends along, and our friends dance, we danced like we came from out of this world ………until it was time to go get food.


 


 


 

I really like how the colors of the lantern, the flower, and the wine looked together, so here’s a little artsy photo just because.

 


 

In between Halloween outings, there was Republic Day. Adana held its first Oktoberfest at one local “pub”, so of course we had to check that out before going dancing.

 


 


 


 


 




 


 


 


 


 


 

All in all a good week of first holidays here in Turkey. Now to start planning teaching stuff for November. I’m thinking Gingerbread…..


 

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A little bit of Turkey

A little bit of Turkey

I have been able to get around on 3 different modes of public transportation plus the ever useful taxi. I have my new awesome PT card and a few routes down now. I miss my scooter more than I can articulate here, but I’m looking in to it already. I like getting myself around.

But here are a few photos of the places I have gotten to this last 10 days.


Apparently everyone, children included eat lunch on these nice table cloths, family style, at my new school. Glad I don’t have to do the laundry.


Just happened to get off the metro as the sun was going behind the mosque! Lucky beautiful shot.


My first Pretty Woman shopping spree, got 4 new outfits and 3 pairs of shoes!

A Catholic church we were taken to as part of a small tour of the city.


And then a trip to the mosque!


Wasn’t quite sure if I had it on correctly, but they let me in, so I must have. No shoes, head covered, long skirt, check. TOTALLY worth it. Stunning inside.

Amazing architecture


A staircase up to one of the towers


Friends make everything better


A few stickers from the stationary shop for helping to teach emotions….. I thought they were pretty cute.


One more week before students begin school.

I miss a lot of people, but mostly my family Sven, Mike, Cori, David, Jean, and Sheri. I love my friends, even though I may not call or write nearly as much as I should, you are in my thoughts daily. Sincerely you are.

I found a good German app so I’m studying that in the evenings and trying to pick up a little Turkish as I go throughout my days…..  Off to another day in Turkey!!

 

 

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Adana, so far so good

Adana, so far so good

I’ve been here for 6 days now. Luckily I have not experienced too much jet lag thanks to sleeping most of the flight time to get here and a full 9 hours after arriving. I seriously slept 20 out of 25 hours; not sure how I managed it, but I did. Me, the non-sleeper. I am back to my well too known insomnia now, but no jet lag, so…..

Wendi arrived safe and sound and with taking her shopping for all the apartment basics, I have managed to go shopping 5 times in 6 days. Also a probable record since I generally hate shopping.

I work for a fantastic company! I can’t believe how well-treated we all are by them. It is wonderful to feel appreciated as a teacher and a new comer. Thank you Nacel!!

My apartment is really cute.


I think I’m going to change the color scheme in the bedroom, but since it was all here when I arrived, it’s good enough for now!!

I need a desk and some shelving too, but all in good time.

When I arrived I found a little care package from the school!!


Along with water, tea, coffee, juice, bread, and all kinds of goodies in the fridge. Amazeballs.

I’m on the 6th floor, so here’s some of my view.


The school English Department Head Teacher brought us to her place and fed us homemade wonderful traditional Turkish food, then let us play at her apartment’s pool.


I finally found soy milk here, but before I did, I was SO excited to find a Starbucks and get to have my Grande Soy Hazelnut Latte. I think I might start taking photos of me and Starbucks everywhere I go! Thank you for consistency Starbucks. Sincerely.


A Burger King ice cream only kiosk in the middle of the mall……. Ok Turkey, sure, why not.


This is some kind of “meat” made with bulgur. Apparently this little spicy meat wrapped in lettuce used to be made with raw meat. I’m grateful it is not anymore, but it was tasty as is.


Yes, I did a little happy dance right there in the store. Transformers individual packages of honey, with Bumblebee as the front man. I was smiling like a 2 year old with new light up shoes.


Statue in front of the local hospital.


Last night we went out for traditional Adana Kebap’s. Ummmmm freaking delicious. They made a great effort to decide which things I could and couldn’t eat, awesome. Great night now that all the teachers are here and we all went out together. Thanks again to Nacel and Final for making this first week the best first week of any teaching job so far!!

Food is served family style here as well, so yippeeeee!! Let’s dig in!


I didn’t get to eat the pasta, but it seemed to be quite good.


The traditional Adana Kebap. So, fun fact, Kebap’s or Kebab’s as we know them in the States, were first made here in Adana.


And, Ayran, a thinned out yogurt with added salt to make it a salty, foamy, not even slightly phallic in presentation, popular drink in all of Turkey.


After we’d eaten enough food for a football team, the manager (whose son attends our school) brought this down telling us it was more meat dishes especially chosen by his son for us.


Turned out it was a very (I’ll take their word for it) yummy sweet desert of wheat, ice cream, pistachios, and honey.


They brought me three slices of sweet spiced pickled pumpkin that tasted like eating pumpkin pie! Yum.


I’m off for my first day at school!!! And in just a few hours, all three of my children will be starting their first days of college! It’s a school day all around for Team McKahsum!!

 
 
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