Wednesday, May 27, 2009

So here I am...

...waiting for a school to call me for an interview. I've sent out over a dozen resumes to various schools, up to and including those with an hour and a half drive. But this is the stage that is maddening - the waiting.

I'm not so good at waiting.

At all.

But I'm praying every day that because a door was closed in my life, God is ready to open up the next door for me.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Friday Five: Lessons

1. What kind of out-of-school lessons did you take as a kid?
I took several, but the one that sticks out the most is my hunter safety course I had to take before I could get my first hunting license. It was a three day course, and my dad sat through it with me (mind you, he was years past when he had to take it, but he sat through the class with me).

2. What valuable lesson did you learn this past week?
That school administrators rarely, if ever, take into account teachers. They will lie, cheat, and steal, so long as in the end, they look good.

3. Who in your life really needs to be taught a lesson?
I'm judgmental by nature, but I respectfully decline to answer this question for two reasons. One, because I'd rather not name names, and two, the list is too long.

4. What kind of lessons would you love to have a private teacher for right now?
Questions of faith, but in a more tactile realm, photography (getting back into it after a few years) or learning the violin.

5. What steps have you taken to lessen the impact of these rough economic times?
Now that our Disney trip is behind us, we've planned on getting on a plan to pay off our debt and live on a budget. :)

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Friday on Saturday!

1. What are you looking for?

Right now? Breakfast. In general, though, I'm looking for a new job. I'd like to get a job teaching in the burbs; honestly, I'm burned out on teaching inner-city kids who really don't want to be in school, let alone study history.

2. What are you waiting for?

My tax refund, so I can deposit the money into our Disney trip fund.

3. What is someone else waiting for from you?

My Mom probably wants me to call her, now that I think of it.

4. You know you have a long wait ahead of you at the doctor - what do you bring?

I always have my bag with me, so other than my iPhone, I almost always have a book, or schoolwork, to keep me entertained. I also bring lots of snark and unpleasantness, which usually makes this much more enjoyable...for me.

5. Where can you expect always to wait in a ridiculously long line?

Most people would say the DMV for this one, but I've had fantastic luck with that since I moved to New Jersey; even when I transferred my license from Michigan, it took all of 15 minutes. I'd have to say the grocery store, though, as I always seem to have a knack for stopping in when they only have a cashier and a half working.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

On the Road Again....

On the road again
I just can't wait to get on the road again
We're heading to Delaware to see some friends
I just can't wait to get on on the road again....

Friday, December 26, 2008

Friday Five - End of Year Positivity

1. What's one really cool/useful/nice thing you purchased for yourself this year?

Hands down, my iPhone. It's damnably handy and I use it all the time.

2. What's one area of your life you really improved this year?

Well, I'm gainfully employed at a school that isn't exploiting employees and sexually harassing female staff as an institutional process (cough Snooty McSnoot Military Academy cough cough), so I dare say that's a hearty improvement.

3. Who or what was a regular source of encouragement or inspiration to you this year?

LG, without a second thought.

4. What's something nice you did for someone else this year?

Little things, I suppose, but hopefully little things add up.

5. In what way was 2008 better than 2007?

I've continued to build my life here with LG and I FINALLY received my NJ teaching certification (wow, who knew it took so many months...and months...and moooonths to transfer my certification from Michigan).

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Today I realized...

...that no matter how much Christmas music I play, no matter how many decorations we put up, no matter how in love I am with LG and our life here, it just doesn't feel completely Christmas-y to me unless there is snow on the ground. Now, I'm not talking the 8+ inches that Mom has currently in Michigan. But having grown up in Michigan, to my way of thinking, December is supposed to be covered in snowy goodness.

Grass and wet leaves just isn't Christmas-type weather.

Friday, November 7, 2008

The Friday Five

Going to start doing the Friday Five ..

1. What usually marks the middle of your day?
The end of my courses for the day; I teach a straight five subjects every day, so lunchtime is the moment I get to take a deep breath and refresh my tea.

If I'm at home, the middle of the day is marked by taking the boys for their afternoon stroll.

2. From whom (or two whom) was your most recent middle-of-the-night phone call?
I honestly can't remember; the ones that stick out, though, are always bad news.

3. On what social, political, economic, or moral issue are you in the middle of the road?
The War. I'm for moving against the so-called "rogue states," but I'm against staying past common sense. For example, I think we should be completely out of Iraq, but I also think, before we pull out, we should swing up to Iran and remove a certain psychotic despot before we come home.

4. How likely are you to give someone the middle finger?
Very. On a scale of one to ten, probably an eight or a nine. I'll do it while driving; and I'm not one of those wussies who just flip someone off over their steering wheel. No sir, I make sure the window is rolled down, the arm is extended out, hand raised above the roof, clearly stating my displeasure at whatever jackass has irritated me.

I'll also use the middle finger as a "nyah" gesture. If I'm joking with a student after school and they make some joke about me (which I don't mind for the most part), they may just get the finger. (Calm down, folks, these are high school students, they've seen the finger before.)

5. When were you last caught in the middle of a disagreement that really had nothing to do with you?
Last year at Snooty McSnoot Military Academy - I backed up a teacher who had been sexually harassed by the Dean, and had then later been bullied by the Superintendent and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Because I did the right thing, I was told that my job was going to go to one of the Vice President's sycophants.