Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Great Friends...

I want to thank all my great co-workers who went out with me tonight for my “bon voyage” dinner! You all are the best! We ate at Johnny Mangos in Willoughby and I wowed everyone with my chopstick skills. Okay, the second part is a stretch, but I wasn’t too shabby!

Mrs. Hunter and Mrs. Trentenalli surprised me with some great goodies to take with me on the trip. They gave me Vanishing Acts by one of my favorite authors, Jodi Picoult, and a candle so my hotel room would smell nice! Those are just a few of the little gifts I got from them to pack in my suitcase. You two are the best! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I also got a bag made by one of my former students, Alicia Johnson (aka…super sewer!). It’s so great! I’m going to post a picture below so you all can see it. I’m planning to use it to carry my stuff around when I am exploring Tokyo.

I will defiantly miss all my Perry friends and students while I am gone!

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

New Friends.....

I am the most excited about all the new teachers I will meet on my Fulbright trip. There are two hundred teachers from the United States going (four from each state), and we will be working together during our time there. When we go to our prefecture cities (a prefecture is kind of like a state in the United States), we will break into groups of twenty. I can’t wait for the opportunity to work with all these teachers and set up connections from all over the world! I’m going to have a great support system for my classroom!

I have been in touch with a lot of the teachers going on the trip. I found out the three other Ohio teachers are near me in the Akron/Canton area. I think we’ll all be going on the same flight together. Nice!

I have also been talking to Nick Knoll on a daily basis. He’s turning twenty-six during the trip (yay, someone my age!), and I’m glad to have found someone my age on the trip. We have been planning things to do while in Tokyo. These things include a baseball game for sure, the fish market and walks to Kinko’s to e-mail. Ha! Other possible places are Tokyo Disney and some karaoke (oh my!). We are also planning to cheer on our two favorite teams while on the trip….the Tribe and Red Sox as they battle it out for the World Series! Of course, I’ll be rooting on the Tribe! He also has a blog if anyone wants to check it out:

I’m looking forward to the trip more and more! Now if I would just receive my plane tickets….

Monday, September 26, 2005

Movie Time...

So I haven’t gotten my tickets yet (sorry, Mrs. Bythway, for bugging you so much in the office!), but I am able to see what movies I’ll be watching during each flight. Now that’s important! Ha! Actually, I’m hoping to sleep a lot, but we shall see. There’s some pretty good one that I have been meaning to rent. I don’t think anything can beat Crocodile Dundee in New York or something crazy like that. I had to watch that on the way back from Costa Rica! Blah! Needless to say, I didn’t ask for headphones!

Okay, here are the movies….

On my flight to Japan:
About a Boy
Dr. Dolittle (uhm…no)
Fantastic Four
Kicking & Screaming (I love, love, love Will Ferrell!)
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (I know a lot of my students will like this one!)
The Wedding Date

On my flight back home:
Batman Begins
Bewitched (the airline must be fans of Will Ferrell!)
Casper (uhm….double no!)
Kingdom of Heaven (I know Mrs. Hunter would like this one!)
The Longest Yard
Moulin Rouge! (It is by the director of one of my favorite movies, Romeo and Juliet)
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (I am very excited to see this one!)

I need your feedback! Which of these movies are good? I’m wondering if I get to pick the movie, or if they just show a few of these. Hmmm…it’s a nine-hour flight so I am sure I will see a few!