So, I sort of got two part time jobs yesterday and today!
Mon, Tues, and Thurs, I will be working for a couple hours a night, feeding/ bringing in horses at the barn where I volunteer. Like the barn owner said, it doesn't pay much, but it's "good for gas and a little bit of spending cash". (or in exchange for riding lessons? >.>)
My other job that I got this afternoon is as an english conversation partner, for a Korean grad student working in the special ed department. She has an interview with her supervisor in november, and is hoping to improve her fluency before then. (and... she really needs help with fluency) Two hours a week, chatting. She offered to pay me (don't know how much, don't really care. I would be willing to do it for free, but I won't turn down some cash) then she made me blush by saying she wants to learn from me because she liked my voice and my pronunciation. ^_^
In other news, my practicum is going much better. I noticed something important about one of the student's reading skills, and my teacher didn't. When I mentioned it to her, she was really happy with me! She also said she wants my input on a writing sample from the same student. Talking! Communication! She has also started giving me more to do in the classroom. I think she genuinely cares about her students, and wants to see them succeed. But in a lot of cases, she's sort of stuck in a rut, as far as teaching methods are concerned. When given more information, she's really willing to work with me. It's a relief. I was starting to get very frustrated with her, but now I'm a lot happier in the room.
Oh! I might also have a car soonish! Mama and To-san will probably buy it long before it gets to me, but that's ok. I really only need it before my student teaching. The car their friends are offering to sell us fits all my parameters: decent looking, small enough it's not going to be a huge gas hog, but still with a big trunk (for moving, as I do it a lot)
In general, this has been a very good week for me.