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List: Thanksgiving Break Edition

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Today I am mourning the loss of some one whom I considered to be a part of my family. While we aren’t related by blood, my people are my people. Death sucks no matter which way you swing it.

On that happy note, today marks the end of my Thanksgiving Break. It was the first Thanksgiving in 10 years that I enjoyed retail free. I read a lot of blogs over break with the intent to get myself back into the habit of blogging regularly. I miss it and
should make time for it.

My break in List Form:
EK and I rearranged many rooms in our house. It looks spacious and clean.
I watched Oh Brother Where Art Thou
Spent a lot of time at the “in laws to be”
Packed four days of lesson planning into Sunday Night
Toasted to Tippy
Thrifted (duh)
Relaxed (sleeping in, staying up late, and napping)

It’s currently 6:51 while I type this sentence. I need to leave on a very sad drive back to school. I know I’ll get back into the swing of things because I love my job but damn if I didn’t love my break too.

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+ Job stuff.  Of course, I cannot say what yet, but I do have a meeting at 10AM next Tuesday.

+ Benefit’s new line of lip glosses that match their box o’powders.  I bought the dandelion one.

+ Picking up hours at PT job

+ Weeky dinner night with EK.  One night he makes dinner and I make a dessert and/or appetizer and then we reverse.  This Thursday it’s my time for the appetizer/dessert.

+ Dinner date with Papa K on Wednesday

+ Going back to the gym.  Okay, I went for a half an hour yesterday because of severe TMJ pain but it’s better than nothing.  My head was swimming when I was done. 

+ Naps. Seriously, I’d be a mess without them. 

+ The Rent Soundtrack I picked up at Half Priced Books for $10.  Yesssssss

+ Finding a planner that will work better for my school stuff than that god awful oversized student lesson planner.

+ 1:1 technology initiatives (job stuff, I can’t say much more than that)

+ Good books.  I didn’t read as much as I had planned on this summer but I am slowly gaining speed again. 

+ Baths.  I soaked myself for a good hour on Sunday night and it was fabulous.

+ Cosmo.  She’s seriously reminds me so much of Puck it’s disturbing.  She’s not nearly as affectionate but we’re developing this weird little relationship that simultaneously is making Miss Sophie jealous. She’s my lil tortie butt.

+ Sophie.  Even though she’s been a complete troll to Cosmo, she’s adjusted a lot better than I thought she would. We’re getting back into our little routines again which has been nice.  (I may regret saying that after I wake up in the middle of the night and she’s kneading my head.)

+ Dentist appointment.  I am twenty-six years old and haven’t had one cavity!

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So much has happened

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As my subject line implies, so much has happened since my last update.

First of all, EK asked me to marry him on July 9th around 11:00PM.  I, of course, said yes.  I love this boy more than anything and I cannot wait to plan our wedding.  We are thinking fall, primarily October 2013 as our tentative date.  My wedding day pins on pinterest have increased as I search the site daily for cheap, wedding day ideas.  I have so much I want to do!  I have my bridesmaids picked out already but that’s going to be a surprise.  We’re thinking of a wedding party of 6, three attendants each. 

Secondly, I did not get the job at North Fond du Lac.  However, I have other job prospects in the words that I cannot talk about at this time.  I was saddened by this, but I don’t think the district is the right fit for me.  If given the choice between two jobs, I would have chosen to leave the district anyhow.  It was just an additional blow after a very long, terrible, day at summer school.

So what have I been doing?

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A little bit of Pessimism

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I have had two job interviews the past two weeks.  One at Fond du Lac High School (FDLHS), the other at North Fond du Lac High School (HMHS) where I am currently employed.  The interview at FDLHS went really well and I was told I would hear back by last Friday.  I have not heard anything.  My aunt, a teacher in the Fond du Lac School District, says “no news is good news.”  She assumes that FDLHS will send me a rejection letter instead of receiving a call.  I have not received a call or a rejection letter. I assumed that I would have received something by now if they were rejecting me.  If I didn’t hear on Friday and didn’t get any letter on Saturday (in case the letters were sent out late) I would still be in the running.  Now, I am losing patience as well as faith in myself and it is completely nerve wracking.  I am starting to rationalize that maybe the person who interviewed me told me I’d hear later this week meaning “later next week” but I think I’m just grasping.  Unfortunately, they would prefer someone with a 310 (Journalism) or 320 (Communications) certification in addition to the regular English certification. However, I know that their forensics coach recently resigned and I do know that I am a willing and very capable forensics coach.

I don’t think my interview at North Fond du Lac High School went that well.  It was over quickly, but I knew everyone on the interview panel.  There’s nothing worse than getting into an interview and sitting at a separate “island” table in front of three of your peers and your principal.  I choked on one question having to do with the new Common Core Standards being implemented in 2013 but I was honest about it.  I feel like my biggest strength is the relationships and rapport I have with my students. My teaching style is student centered and I model and promote reading for fun as well as education.  Basically, I bend over backwards for my students…every day.  Even the ones that are disrespectful and say hurtful things to me.  It’s hard for me to give up on someone, even though I’ve realized a long time ago (and have to frequently remind myself to stay grounded) that I cannot save them all.  I get nervous around my coworkers, especially the two members of the English department.  I just wanted to scream the entire time that they know I’d be an awesome person for the position because I’ve been in the position since December and have succeeded expectations.  Not only did I get paid daily, I was paid as a sub but that didn’t stop me from giving it 110% all of the time.  I don’t know how much more I can put myself out there in order for them to see that I have done everything I possibly could to prove to myself, my coworkers, my students, and my administration that there is no better person suited for this position than me.  I’m a good at risk aide, but I’m a better teacher.

I am just 100% done at this point.  I am tired, especially tired, of having to sell myself.  I just want to teach more than anything.  I chose teaching because I thought I related to students and “got it.”  I wanted to be the safe person for them and the one advocate they had in the school.  I knew that  I wouldn’t be better at anything else after my first day in the classroom ended.

 

And now for a little bit of optimism:

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Today’s Agenda

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On a sushi lunch date:

EK and I have had a lot of little impromptu dates this week.  One day we went to sushi for lunch.  We saw “The Avengers” and we also went to a new restaurant in town, Fat Joe’s,    and then went to goodwill.  Sports bars aren’t really our scene but they had an amazing, vegetarian friendly menu.

Anyhow here’s my agenda for today:

Gym

Thrifting/Rummage Sale-ing with Sam & EK (I’m waiting to hear some very important news.  So I’m combating my nerves with a bargain hunt…trying not to get my hopes up…BLAH)

Nap

Visiting the Time  for Friday Fright Night!

This weekend will be spent working at Younkers, getting ready for our rummage sale, and torturing poor Cosmo as we try to put claw caps on her.  Really, if it doesn’t work, we’re going to scrap the idea and just try to train her not to scratch up my furniture.

Happy Weekend 🙂

Skype Date & Agenda

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EK has been reading Terry Pratchet to me before I go to sleep.  I got all sad last night and he grabbed the book and started reading.  That little charcoal blob on the side of his lap is Cosmo. ^_____^

 

Agenda for today:

Summer School til 12:30

Stop at Younkers and buy this and this (I get 25% off of the prices listed).

Lunch and nap

Pick up Sam from work and go to the gym

Hang out

Clean because my sister is sleeping over tomorrow

Skype date

Sleep

 

I don’t feel the greatest today.  My TMJ is acting up. I felt like I spent all night biting my jaw.  It sucks.

 

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– (Yes, I’m starting with the negatives tonight because I feel rather mopey and melancholy right now.)

-EK has been sick.  He is trying to quarantine himself because we are going to Alyssa’s wedding this weekend.  I am reading in it so I cannot afford to be sick.  I also cannot afford to be sick and miss summer school. I miss him.  I haven’t seen him since Sunday night except for a few moments.  I am a sad panda.  He is my constant and it’s really hard to go on without snuggles or just our conversation.  Skype is not the same as face to face.

-Summer School: My kids have been restless.  I don’t blame them.  Two and a half hours is a long time to sit when you are a good student, add in things like focusing issues and other at risk behavior and two and  a half hours becomes a night mare. I haven’t been satisfied with the ways my lessons are going either.  Additionally, I don’t want else I can do to make them want to learn.  This is a frequent problem I have.  I put too much thought into everything and am constantly evaluating myself as an educator.  I want them to want to be happy with their education but, reality is, they don’t care about it.  I suppose it’s why they are in summer school in the first place.

Notice that the aforementioned “negatives” are weighing heavily on me right now.  I had a pretty good day overall, I’m just exhausted and mopey.

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+ I had a really good workout today. I am tired, it’s a good tired, and I’m probably going to pass out early.

+ I tried a new pasta mix from Bear Creek (I really like their soup mixes as a base to ingredients I add and doctor) it did not disappoint. Yes, I’m blogging about a product I got at a grocery store.  I am that lost without my boy.

+ I have been spending some time with Sam and it’s been fun.  She’s my gym buddy.  We’re going to hang out tomorrow again and just chill.  It’s awesome.

+ My sister is sleeping over on Thursday night.  I’m going to get her after working at my PT job and then she’s being picked up after my stepdad gets done with work Friday.  I miss her.  I always look forward to having her sleep over.

+ Alyssa and Steven’s wedding is this weekend,  I’m excited to see all of Alyssa’s hard work and planning come to fruition. She’s going to look gorgeous.  I am honored to read in her wedding.  She was even so nice as to center the reading around spirituality and Hawaiian tradition so I didn’t have to be uncomfortable and read something religious.  She is going to be a fantastic wife and eventual mother.  Alyssa is one of the most caring people I know and I am really pleased to be able to share in her big day.

Dress

Shoes! (it’s an outside wedding so I had to forgo the heels)

My accessories pick up on the colors of the dress.  I have earrings and a bracelet.

 

Well EK just called me so I’m off for a skype session. ❤