Plus everyone seems to be feeling the stress, as students are getting restless in class (bringing out a whole lot of texting instead of working) which will at least make grading easier. And by grading, I mean dealing with students' complaints about their grades. Nothing shuts down complaining students more than telling them they brought on their own bad grades by texting instead of working, sleeping (yeah, that's semi cool in Korea, students study for ridiculously long amounts of time), speaking Korean the entire time, etc. But even my co-workers have been pretty snappy, so I'm thinking the whole choosing our classes and plans for next semester is going to be another lesson in all kinds of unpleasantness. Well, at least this semester will be over soon enough. Things have changed a whole lot from the beginning...
And at least this is the long weekend because Monday is Buddha's birthday! I've got a bunch of Buddhist students, but none of them are vegetarian. Those two things don't go together here. If I had to choose any religion to follow, I would go with Buddhism, but I don't consider myself a religious person. But this is definitely my favourite holiday in Korea.
And lotus roots 연근, another food I didn't try until Korea, and roots in general being my favourite food to eat here.
Normally I just make lotus chips, toss them with olive oil, salt and pepper, bake them and then serve. But whenever I've eaten them at restaurants or school cafeterias, they've been battered and fried or are in a soy sauced form. They have a crunchy texture, which is why I like them in chip form.