Tuesday, March 8, 2011

the last 12 days...

Holy Cow! I would come up with some lame excuse as to why I haven't been blogging since I've been back, but truth be told, there just wasn't time. Everyone and their momma's brother wanted to get together, go eat, blah blah blah. Not that I'm complaining! I'm glad I was missed. But this is literally the first significant span of time I've had to type anything out. Not to mention I'm having to do it while I'm watching the Barcelona game on tv, if that tells you how badly I'm having to multi-task.

Well, as it turned out, I did NOT have to make the 17 hour layover in Amsterdam, for which I was extremely excited about. Instead, I was able to get a direct flight from Madrid to ATL and my sweet daddy and stepmother picked me up and fed me some SWEET TEA...WITH ICE. Haha. The next few days are all a little hazy, but I spent time with my friends Johnny, Natalie, my cousin Yolanda, my family, and all of my UTC friends, Marissa, Duncan, and Courtney. I also made a weekend trip to Kentucky to see my sister and my mom and had a blast! I love my kid sister more than life :]

NOW, what you're all really interested in. The Great Job Search. Well, it's going better than expected. Actually, it's over. But I'll get to the soon enough. Here's how it went down...

While I was in Spain, Woodmore Elementary School (where I did my first student teaching placement) called and asked if I was interested in going on an interview with them. Obviously, I was or I wouldn't have applied for the position they were offering. Unfortunately, because the original plan was for me to come home, and then head to Kentucky to visit my sister for her confirmation that weekend, the only available time they had for an interview was the Monday after my return. So I went, and I was suuuuper nervous. But, of course, I've learned all you can do is dazzle them with what you know, and make up what you don't (kidding!) Well, later that evening, I got a call from Red Bank High School (my alma mater) to have an interview there for a Spanish position. I also went on that interview, and wowed them with all of my awesomeness. After a very stressful 4 days, I got two calls from HR at Hamilton County Department of Educ. One was to let me know that I got the position at Woodmore as the 4th grade teacher, and the other was to let me know that I also got the Red Bank High School position as the Spanish teacher. So, I asked the people if I could have the weekend to think about it, and as of yesterday...I am officially the new 4th grade teacher at Woodmore Elementary School!!! It was a really hard decision, as both schools have their pros and cons, especially when it comes to hours, location, etc, but I really feel as though Woodmore is where I want to be. So now, background check and physical pending, I have a real job! That adults have! With a salary! (A crappy salary, but a salary nonetheless!!!!)

And that's what's going on in my world these days. I also have an interview at Chattanooga State to help out with their At Risk program for high school students who are...at risk (duh) of not graduating. If that pans out, it will pay me what working at St. Paul's does and I will finally quit that job! We shall see. I think the word to describe my career these days is "pending" haha! Hopefully this week I will be able to deep clean my room, prepare old clothes, and toys for a yard sale, and get ready for some good times with good people this weekend :]

"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”-  Herman Cain