I keep waiting to run out of work to do so that I can start writing again. I’m beginning to realize that the end of my ‘marking pile’ doesn’t actually exist. There will always be another summary to correct; there will always be another grade to assign.
Death to procrastination!!!
My goal is simple, though it won’t be simply achieved.
Write between 100-250 words per day about life in China
I already know what my excuses will be:
- “I need to relax!!”
- More Grading
- “I REALLY need to relax!!!”
- Dinner with Friends
- “I’M GONNA BURN OUT IF I DON’T RELAX!!”
100-250 words per day…should be easy, right!?
Enough of that…time to start writing!
Today’s photo: An Ode to Caffeine
Today it’s green tea. Usually it’s Earl Grey. A girl’s gotta switch it up sometimes!
We are here nearly every day this year, and I feel bad that I still don’t know a single Barista’s name. I should at least be able to apologize to them directly as they kick me out every day when they close at 10, as I try to finish just one more paper…
I like working at Starbucks for several reasons:
- There are no cats here to distract me from my work
- I don’t have to make my own drink (or clean up my own drink)
- The table where I work is huge and gives me ample room to spread out essays and toss around markers as I madly colour code my students’ mistakes.
- They have good value
Cafes are stylish in China, and therefore are usually over priced. Starbucks is easily the best value for caffeine I’ve seen in the Orient, though to say that prices are reasonable here is still a long shot.
This tea cost me $4 Canadian, which is outrageous given that it’s just green tea. Anywhere else in the area, the same green tea would cost $6 or $10 instead. How do shops get away with this, you might wonder? I’ve also been wondering for 4 years now…
Regardless of the reasons…this is my work space. I’ll be back tomorrow with another snippet into the life of the Kinetic Canuck!