Saturday, February 01, 2014

a belated Happy New Year

The Korean lunar new year, called Seolnal (if you're transliterating letters) or Seollal (if you're transcribing sounds), was actually yesterday—Friday, January 31. Today's the first day of February, so I'm a day late in wishing everyone a Happy New Year.

It's now the Year of the Horse—a year of industry and fidelity. For horse-people born in 1942, like Muhammad Ali, this means you've gone six times around the twelve-year zodiac. Congratulations, but may this also be a year of equine-level hard work and faithfulness for the rest of us, too.

Today, I'm meeting a friend in Daegu for lunch, then heading back home to continue to try to be industrious. February 1 marks the first day of the second calendar month of my vacation: I don't start teaching until March 3. Despite the lengthy vacation, there's still much for me to do in terms of lesson-planning: once I'm done with my KMA lesson plans, I've got to create a textbook for my upcoming pronunciation course as well as plan out the semester for my regular speaking/conversation courses. That's a lot of work to be done, and not much time in which to do it. Vacation's not really vacation at all, is it?


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