Friday, February 25, 2011

New small apt addy

This is the address of my new apartment. If you'd like to send small things, send them here. If you'd like to send big things, then send them to my school address.


Daniela Mihalciuc
강원 고성군 거진읍 봉평리
31-1 거진중학교
원어민관사 201호
South Korea


Daniela Mihalciuc
강원 고성군 거진읍 봉평리 
31-1 거진중학교 
South Korea

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Cover Letter

Did I mention I HATE writing cover letters??

Well, I DO!!!!

I'm stuck trying to write this damned cover letter.

I don't know what to write, how to make it sound nice...

Even though I've looked online at examples and such, I just haven't found the inspiration.


Monday, February 21, 2011

How about...

I just looked online to get an idea what farm land prices are across Canada.

Saskatchewan has REALLY good prices!!! LIKE AMAZING!!!

160 acres of good land for $50,000. That's incredible.

Manitoba has similar prices.

Would it be better to go there? Hm... I don't want to be so isolated though... I'm not sure how much of a community there would be. Most of those properties are not with houses, but just pastures or grain fields.

There wouldn't be neighbours, there wouldn't be a local place to sell my produce...


I must investigate more.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Farming and Bushcraft courses

A facebook friend posted a video about some organic farming technique, so I went and checked it out.

It was on youTube and along many other videos, there was a series of videos about some OFC (Organic Farming Certificate).

I was intrigued.

So after looking through the videos for a while, I went to search for the website where they originated from.

I found this amazing place. It's called Everdale Farm, and they have a 32 week (8 month) farming internship.

It's AMAZING!!!!

Not only is it in Guelph, but it's for a whole 8 months of living and working on the farm, and learning how to farm in the major farming seasons. It's not expensive, $4000 for the whole 8 months, including food and accommodation!!! I can learn so much!! And at the end I'll get an Organic Farming Certification. It's not really all that important, but it's a bonus.


So now, there are 2 big year long internships I want/need to do.

Everdale Farm Organic Farming Certification:

for 2011, the course date is April 12 - November 19. It's 32 weeks (8 months) long, in and around Guelph, Ontario. Price ~$4000 (Canadian dollars)

Everdale Farm Farmers Growing Farmers - Farm Planning:

for 2011, there are two courses, the Introduction and the Advanced. Together, the price is $1600 (CAD) and it's also in Guelph (YAY!!).
These are the dates of either Farm tours or workshops or lectures:

Oct. 24, 2010
Oct. 31, 2010
Nov. 7, 2010
Nov. 14, 2010
Nov. 21, 2010
Dec. 5, 2010
Dec. 19, 2010
Jan. 9, 2011
Jan. 23, 2011
Feb. 6, 2011
Feb. 20, 2011
Mar. 6, 2011

Jack Mountain Yearlong Wilderness Bushcraft Immersion Program:

for 2011, the course has 3 sections:
    Fall: Aug 21 - Oct 21 (9 weeks) ($6850)
    Winter: Jan 8 - Jan 21 (2 weeks) ($1900)
    Spring: May 7 - June 2 (4 weeks) ($3350)
This course is in Mesardis, Maine (USA, just to the left of New Brunswick and just south of Quebec).
Price for all 3 sections together ~$10,000 (USD), you get a discount if you do all of them.

I can do both of these!! When I finish with the English teaching and return to Canada, I'll be able to do these 2 things!! I'm so excited!!

I've wanted to do the bushcraft course for a while now, so hopefully in a few years I'll be able to take part in that experience.

YAY! :)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Exciting Plans :)

So, this weekend I'll be making my composting bin. FINALLY!!!

I borrowed an electric drill from work.
I found a big bag of shredded paper that will help with the moisture control.
I found a veggie shop that will give me some greens so I can add to my collection of kitchen waste.
I have a perfect bin that will go on my balcony.

I can't wait to finally start this :).

Also, I'm going to make a bird feeder out of a plastic bottle. Feed some birds and at the same time give Abby something to look at while she's at home.

Also, I found some really good courses online to upgrade my teaching credentials.

They are all reasonably priced.

One is at Greystone College in Toronto. It's a 3 month TESOL Diploma that I can start in October.
It's $4050 and I might just have the money for it.

Also, something online and a bit more respectable is to get another bachelors degree.
I found at Brock University, I can do 5 online courses, $1050 each course, starting Sept 9th 2011 until April 8th 2013 (unfortunately I can do only one course per semester) and then in the end I'd get a Bachelor of Education in Adult Education.


I know, I get excited easily, but it's things that will make me much more valuable in the ESL job market.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Wonderful Day

I had a wonderful day today.

Everything was great.

I was very productive, in my own way.

In the end I went out for dinner...

I drank a lot of soju (Korean liquor).

I'm drunk right now.

I need to write this.

University was a difficult time for me.
A time where I was misguided, a time where I was searching for myself, a time where I found what others thought about me, a time where I succumbed to expectations.

I don't think about that time very much.

Maybe that's why I don't drink like I used to in uni anymore.

I've come a long way since then.

People accepted me then. People thought they understood me then.

I suppose that was one step in my growing up.