It’s time for another installment of “a day in Stephanie’s Indonesian life.”
7:00 am. I get up. I don’t teach any classes on Tuesdays and could sleep in, but my body is just used to getting up about this time. It rained last night, so I know there will be puddles of water on my porch due to a roof drainage problem. I mop up the porch. I also turn on the pump in my outdoor pond so the water drains out. I don’t like to keep standing water around because I’m afraid mosquitoes might lay eggs. I have also discovered that if I keep water in my pond, frogs sometimes lay eggs as well. It’s true. I have seen the tadpoles. I go back inside and clean up.
7:20 am. I make some tea and start grading a stack of essays.
7:45 am. I make instant oatmeal and check my email and facebook.
8:15 am. More essay grading.
9:15 am. I need a break from grading, so I walk to the main office in my housing complex to pay my services bill. This is for water, trash, and security. It is about $11 per month. I think it’s due on the first of the month, but as far as I can tell that is just a suggestion. I’m about two weeks late paying it and no one says anything. They’re pretty relaxed in the housing office.
9:30 am. More grading. Ugh.
10:15 am. I need another break, so I make some carrot sticks. Yes, I have to wash, peel and cut the carrots as they don’t have pre-packaged baby carrots here. Living in a developing country can be rough!
10:30 am. More grading. My favorite line: “Life without doing anything we like is like vegetables without salt.”
11:45 am. The good news is I’ve finished grading my first stack of essays. The bad news is tomorrow I will get another stack of 28 essays from my second writing section. I realize I am missing one student’s final essay, although she did give me her rough draft, which is weird. I send a text message to the class leader (each class has a chairperson who assists the teachers) asking for the missing student’s cell number. I then text the missing student asking her why I don’t have her final essay. Everyone texts in Indonesia.
12:00 noon. I heat up leftovers for lunch. While I eat I watch an episode of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” on my computer. Then I upload some photos to facebook.
1:00 pm. I get ready to go to my Javanese dance lesson.
1:20 pm. My coworker texts me to say our dance lesson is canceled this week. That means I don’t really have to go to campus today, but it’s too late to cancel my ride. I decide I’ll make an appearance in the office, drop off my stack of essays, then ask the driver to take me to my gym.
1:25 pm. The school driver picks me up, takes me to campus for a few minutes, then takes me to my gym.
2:15 pm. I work out, then wait 30 minutes for a towel because they are out and the laundry service hasn’t delivered new ones yet.
4:00 pm. I call for a taxi to take me home. It costs about $2. And yes we drive past the goat market again.
4:15 pm. At home, I do some work on the ol’ job hunt, snack on those carrot sticks I made earlier, finalize some transportation details for a workshop I’m giving outside of Jakarta this weekend, and finish uploading photos to facebook.
5:30 pm. Feeling lazy and a little overwhelmed with the job hunt, I decide to watch a movie. I just bought some DVDs from my local pirate stand at the mall yesterday. They cost about $1 each. I choose “Avatar.”
5:45 pm. I can’t get “Avatar” to play in my computer (I know, I know, you get what you pay for), so I watch “New in Town” instead.
7:30 pm. I fix a quick dinner and then do more research and networking for jobs for next year.
9:45 pm. I get ready for bed and read a little bit to unwind.
10:30 pm. Good night!