Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Gee, thanks kid! :)

Here's a peek into my day with a conversation with a student eating an Airhead during snack-time:

Student: "Ms. Neevel, did they have Airheads when you were a kid?"

Me: "Yup."

Student: "Wow, they're that old?"

Me: "How old do you think I am?"

Student: "Whoa!"

Gotta love 'em! :)

Sunday, April 17, 2011


This weekend I was able to escape the city and hit the hiking trail to do some camping. I've been feeling a bit restless in Hong Kong lately, so this was just what the doctor ordered! :) It's so nice to be out in nature and away from the hustle and bustle of the city. We hiked about an hour and a half to the beach in the picture below and set up camp right on the sand.

We got there with just about 30 minutes of daylight left, so we quickly gathered some firewood, set up our tents and began to make a fire. The occasion for camping was to celebrate Maria's birthday, so I was trying to think of a way to bring a cake out there when a friend suggested these orange cakes....amazing! You cut the top off an orange and scoop out the orange (which is a good pre-dinner appetizer!) and then prepare cake batter, pour it in, put the top back on, wrap in aluminum foil, and cook in the fire for about 20-30 minutes. So easy and so tasty! :)
Beth, myself and Maria
After taking a beautiful boat trip back to Sai Kung, we decided to hit up Paisano's for some delicious NY style pizza!
What a great weekend! :)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

A Subtle Hint?

Each day the 4th graders have a "Word of the Day" and there's a contest for who can write a "Super Sentence" using the WOTD. Today's word was "grace" and I laughed when I read this one, so I thought I'd share:

The teacher showed grace to all 28 students when they didn't finish their homework, even though they didn't deserve it, because the teacher was kind and don't want students to miss recess. I wish Miss Neevel is like that, too.

haha... Okay, maybe not such a subtle hint! I guess I'm just not a very kind person! :)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Is there such a thing as...

...senioritis for teachers?! haha... the weather is finally warming up here in HK. Today I think it got up to 84 degrees, so it's definitely starting to feel like summer. I'm getting anxious for some time at home in the States... speaking of which, I may be crazy but I just signed up for my first ever 1/2 marathon in July....can you say "yikes"?!?

P.S. I realize I'm a terrible blogger b/c I rarely write, but in my defense, I think about it a lot, but then just don't take the time to do it. I'll try to be better by just writing short blurbs, but I'm not making any promises. :)