I think my time in Georgia can be broken up into 2 portions:
1. “Life before the freeze”, and
2. “Life after the freeze”.
Maybe these names are a bit lame and not very well thought of (which is true…my hands are cold and I don’t want to sit here thinking up better titles while my fingers freeze off), but it describes things here pretty accurately.
Recently, the temperature dropped drastically, and I’ve realized just how different (and cold) things are going to be here from now until the end of my semester in Georgia. First of all, I’ve had to expand my vocabulary to include phrases such as “the snow is coming” (that’s pivotal for me in understanding a lot of the everyday conversations had by the other teachers at my school, with whom I spend a lot of time).
Also with the change in temperature, I’ve had to add “plugging in the electric blanket” to my pre-sleep routine. Without it, I may not wake up in the mornings on account of being an icicle. My host family and I now also spend 95% of our time at home in the kitchen/living/dining room (all one room) because that’s where the stove is. This means I’ve been writing and reading a lot, and my English lessons for Salome happen more frequently. I enjoy these lessons because she is a quick learner and so, to treat her (ha), I included a section in her notebook called “slang”. “Hey, girl?” “What’s up?” “What’s shakin’, bacon?” (my little Georgian/English dictionary doesn’t have “bacon” in it, so we just go with it. ha!), etc., have been added to her vocabulary. She makes me proud!
In the classroom, my wardrobe has adjusted to fit a few essentials:
Leggings under my pants
A long-sleeve shirt
…and do you want to know the best part? I wear all of that DURING classes, because it’s reeeeeal cold. Read more about teaching in the cold and check out Clare’s photos from Georgia…